For Ugandan businessman Timothy Kayondo, citizens can no longer wait for the government to solve the shortage of drinking water in Africa.
To achieve his vision of providing clean drinking water to Africans, especially those in rural areas, he devised a means of produce water from food waste.
Timothy found a way to use food scraps like crushed bones and vegetable peelings to produce clean water using a water purifier he invented. The mobile water purifier converts waste into activated carbon to power the machine.
According to experts, the main causes of water scarcity in Africa are physical and economic scarcity, rapid population growth and climate change. Water scarcity is the lack of fresh water resources to meet standard water demand.
Of the 783 million people without access to drinking water, 40% live in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 320 million people do not have access to drinking water. Natural disasters, increased pollution and lack of resources are driving the water crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2021, Timothy Kayondo’s innovation, the Eco Water Purifier, received £15,000 from the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of its Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation scheme.
The program supports ambitious African innovators in developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges. For example, Timothy’s company, Aqua Methods Uganda, has developed an environmentally friendly mobile water purifier that produces clean water using readily available technology and agricultural waste for carbon filters.
Eco-friendly water purifiers are currently being implemented in health centers and refugee camps in remote areas of Uganda.
From their workshop in Kampala, the team currently produces about ten units per month. The devices are carried around schools, homes and government agencies. The team also successfully introduced a system of recruiting trainees from different universities and institutions to support on-site training during the installation process.
One cup of clean water at a time, Timothy is doing a lot to solve the problem of water scarcity on the African continent.