YW™ -Your Water :Design Thinking for Future Water Treatment
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The YW™ -Your Water is a speculative industrial design project that aims to radically challenge the way the public perceives, thinks of and gets involved in with the increasing water scarcity in the age of the Anthropocene. The project investigates the potential environmental and socio-economical benefits of recycling all household wastewater locally and consciously through a visible process within every urban household. The YW™ project is explorative and experimental. The design thinking behind it is tested through action based research and public interventions. The final result is a design concept of a modular household wastewater treatment system: YW™ -Your Water -that allows its users to recycle their wastewater, including black and grey water, into clean drinking water and valuable secondary by-products suchas sustainable energy, phosphorus, microalgae biomass, oils and etc.With YW™ no wastewater leaves your house, eliminating the environmental risks of secondary pollution common in currently conventional wastewater treatment plants. Currently, 80% of wastewater produced globally is released back into the environment without any treatment. YW™ is the essential water management tool in the age of the Anthropocene, ensuring maximum water efficiency and reuse that is a crucial element towards sustainability in the increasingly urbanized world. YW™ is the new generation technology making the toilet-to-tap water cycle the new standard towards a clean environment and sustainable use of natural resources. With YW™ water recycling becomes a visible and conscious process of every household across the world. YW™ saves lives. Millions of lives. Almost 80% of diseases in developing countries are connected to water causing more than 3 million early deaths. Every 17 seconds there is a child dying from diarrhea. YW™ will nearly eradicate all the transmission of diseases through water consumption.10 times more water? YW it!