Thank Researchers for Solar Powered Water Filter

Village in Yucatan Peninsula

Target: Professor Steven Dubowsky and his team of MIT researchers

Goal: Applaud efforts to provide clean potable water to indigenous Mexican groups

Despite many advances in technology, there are many countries without clean and potable water. For the villages in the Yucatan peninsula, it would take a day’s drive to find water for their entire community and it costs more than what residents can afford. MIT researchers have solved this problem by inventing a water purifier that utilizes solar power.

Professor Steven Dubowsky and his team of researchers have found a solution to the water problem affecting the villages of the Yucatan peninsula, and it is a simple, inexpensive piece of machinery. With the professor’s knowledge of mechanical engineering, aeronautics, and astronautics, the team constructed a system that consists of solar panels, pumps, a large tank to the hold the water, and a computer that runs the entire system. The system operates by pumping brackish brown water through thin semi porous membranes which filter out salts and other heavy minerals. This solar powered filter is able to produce 1,000 liters of clean potable water everyday, requiring the villages to retrieve the brackish water twice a week. The villages no longer have to rely on bottled water which costs the villages 20 pesos. (The filter can produce a 20 liter of water for less than one pesos.)

This system is still being tested for endurance, but if it can keep producing water then the team of researchers are looking to replicate it and install it in other parts of the world who desperately need clean drinking water. The professor is highly optimistic about the potential of the filter and hopes that it will provide for the 25 million indigenous people who live in Mexico. Currently the team is training members of the community to run the machine on their own, learning how to replace the filters and which additives to add into the water.

Sign the petition below to thank the professor and his team for their contributions. If the filter is successful then the researchers will be able to bring water to others in the region, and perhaps to less developed countries. No human should go without clean drinking water and in this day and age there is no excuse for going without.


Dear Professor Steven Dubowsky,

I am writing to thank you and your team for their contribution to the villages of the Yucatan peninsula. With your solar powered filter, you’ve made the lives of these villagers easier and comfortable. An extremely ingenious invention, it’s also allowed the villages to reduce the cost of obtaining drinking water, which is a magnificent feat. In this day and age no human being should go without water and I’m glad you and your team of MIT researchers were able to find a cost effective solution.

I also hope that this system will endure and continue operating in the long run. As you’ve stated, there are 25 million indigenous people in Mexico who still need water, and who probably pay ridiculous amounts of money to get it. Best wishes in whatever project you take on. Thank you again for your contribution.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: R Berglee via 2012 Books

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