Anteneh's Safa

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Do you know that people in many part of the world wash their clothing in a river, lake or a stream? If you are not aware, well you are about to be.

In many rural areas of the world it is a common sight to see women washing their cloths in rivers or lakes especially in areas where there is a scarcity of water. This is because washing clothes require large volume of water and fetching water to home for washing clothes is impractical is because you will need to bring a large volume of water at once or collect on many round trips. This is a very tiresome task and all the people prefer taking their clothes in a basket to the nearest river or lake to wash them. Washing clothes on river usually does not involve using detergent but using rocks as a friction to get rid of the dirt. When you wash clothes with river water you do not know what the upstream water is bringing with it. Usually there are many harmful bacteria and parasites that come with the water and as you expose your clothes to that water when washing you are putting yourself at risk. When you are washing you are also putting the river at risk because clothes release microfibers by billions when washed and also you are exposing the river to additional harmful waste from your dirty clothes.

This project is about building a new kind of clothes hand washing tank for people who wash their clothes in a river which filters the raw water and prevents the waste micro particles from entering into the river. This is done by creating a full opening in the two opposite sides of the standard rectangular hand washing tank and installing filters on each opening that can sort micro fibers and similar sized micro particles just like the wash bag in a washing machine to sort micro fiber like guppy friend and moorland rider pet wear wash bag. The filters have a key structures that is used in assemble and disassemble at will at the bottom and top side. When washing your clothes on a river using this tank you must place the side that has the filter in a parallel way so that the first filter can block the incoming bacteria or parasite and allow cleaner water protecting your clothes. The second filter acts as a filtration system from exposing the river micro fibers and other harmful waste coming out of the washed clothes. The filters can be later cleaned on land far from the river and disposed on some bin.

This project doesn’t completely solve water need problem for washing clothes but it will protect their health from many potential risk from bacteria and parasites that come with the river water. The project also will protect the health of the aquatic ecosystem like the fish, plants and animals living in the river from micro particles that come out of the washed clothes like micro fibers, parasites, bacteria and others.




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  • Name:
    Anteneh Gashaw
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