The Waterpulk – a short introduction

23 02 2011

The Waterpulk is part of a student project which focuses on distances and access to clean water compared with water use and the Antarctica expedition 2012-2013 by the explorers Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft. The Waterpulk makes it easier to carry water for children in Haiti, at the same time as it measure distances and speed by means of a bike computer. The information derived by the bike computer makes it possible to compare distance covered by children in Haiti with the distance covered by the Antarctica explorers, visualized on an interactive map.

Children in Haiti
Many children in Haiti carry water every day, on their head. Water is badly needed, for drinking, cooking and sanitation. Every day they walk long distances to get water from tanks put up by humanitarian relief agencies. You can imagine it is tough to carry buckets containing 10-14 liters each time repetitively, and of course it is time-consuming. Haitian children are not alone. Everywhere, each day in the world, children in development countries devote so much time and energy on carrying water, which leads to preventing these children from education.

The Waterpulk
We are offering them The Waterpulk. The Waterpulk makes it easier and more fun to transport water between places. Children and adults as well, may transport bigger amounts of water, and also save time and energy. The stand of the Waterpulk is flexible. It is easy to take off, and the stand is made for several other water tanks with other measure dimensions. It is worth mentioning that the Waterpulk has a bike computer encapsulated, which makes it possible to measure the distances covered. This will allow us to see how far the Haitian children walk with the Waterpulk every day, which indeed will give us valuable information about access to clean water.

The Race – visualized on a map
On this map of Antarctica, distance covered by the Haitian children and The Waterpulk will be compared with distance covered by the explorers Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft. The intention is to visualize the routes in Google Earth with real-time tracking made possible by GPS. This will result in a race towards the South Pole. Who wins? When the competitors eventually move, fact information boxes will appear at the map while they move. These fact boxes are set to give information about distance covered – compared with water use in a country in the western world. The boxes could also give information about how much water a person have to carry to produce two eggs and a t-shirt, for example. This video is an example of how the Race could look like. (Please watch in HD and full screen for best quality.)

The project’s potential
This project gives a new perspective on the global water challenge attached to poor individuals. The Race is thought-provoking which raises fundamental questions:
What do we use water for? And how much water do we really use? What can we do to reduce our own consumption of water? What can we do to help the Haitian children with easier water access or transportation?





The Waterpulk

16 02 2011

The Waterpulk is developed by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) for Bancroft Arnesen Explore in connection with the Access Water Project. The project aim to enter the Global Classroom 2012 as a follow-on activity as the expedition begins in November 2012.