Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Portable water sculpture

So what is The Aqua Lautus Machine?

With our ever increasing population, water has become one of the biggest issues in the 21st. century. Water is essential for all life, humans, plants, fish, and wildlife inclusively. Ontarians are among the highest water users in the world. The average residential water user in Ontario uses 225 litres of water per day. Promoting water conservation in the face of apparent abundance, however, is deeply challenging.

The Aqua Lautus Machine will connect Ontarians to where their water comes from, that being our Great Lakes, how it needs to be conserved and kept clean to protect human and ecosystem health. It will, in an interactive, innovative, and fun way show people what it takes to make our natural water sources, the Great lakes and their watersheds, potable, that is healthy to drink and cook with. When we as individuals become connected to something, start to really understand and care about something, it is at that point we start to take greater action. Greater action of individuals evolves into community action with long lasting respect for the Great lakes and long lasting positive impacts and change.

The aim is to develop a working model of a water purification and distribution system sole operated through renewable sources of energies such as human power, solar, wind, gravity, etc.. I will be working with McMaster University, specifically the engineering faculty, to assist in design and build.

The project aims to design and build a portable water sculpture that through participants' interaction will draw water from a local source (lake/river in Lake Ontario) and feed into various transparent filtration systems and finally dispense clean drinking water to the participant.

The sculpture will visit predetermined areas within the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River basin and their watersheds where they will interact and educate local communities and local public school system on water conservation, protection, supply and energy demand.
Participants will gain hands on experience and education on the transportation of water from the Great Lakes to residential endpoints; the volume flow rate and energy/cost required to provide potable water to communities around the basin. By educating people to the otherwise mysterious process of turning on a tap, the sculpture will provide a deeper insight and appreciation of the water resource from the Great Lakes; that water should not be commoditized nor wasted.  

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