14 y.o. invents water purification method to address global problem

14 year old Deepika Kurup has invented a water purification method to address the global problem of a lack of accessible drinking water.

What a great kid and an inspiration for many others.

Until you’ve witnessed the lack of easily accessible drinking water in person, it can be difficult to understand how big this issue really is for many people around the world.

Thankfully, 14 year old Deepika Kurup witnessed the problem, then focused on finding a solution. Where most of us who read the site live, we take clean drinking water for granted but that’s far from reality for many in poorer countries.

The world will be a much better place with more smart kids like this doing things for others rather than the usual route of joining Wall Street and becoming just another rent-seeker with wads of cash.

Thanks to Miro Collas for forwarding such a great story.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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  • Guest

    Exactly all the best.

  • Tor

    What a wonderful young woman. I hope her invention – is that the correct term? – works out. Regardless of the science, which is awesome, her presentation skills are also awesome. That means the ability to raise some real money.

    I have worked on the design of science laboratories, and have observed that the people gifted with presentation and money raising get the highest university spots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1298856825 Joanne Equality Robrahn

    If GOP Govs and legislatures would stop cutting funding for public education, one of these (brilliant, Doogie Howser-like) kids might have cured cancer, by now! I live i FL and they are closing elementary and middle schools faster than you can say, “Pink Slip Rick!”

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    Does anyone remember the peace Corps?

  • Bill L.

    While I am always impressed with the ingenuity that is on display in these videos, the cynic in me always is left wondering why it takes a 14 year old to take off the shelf materials, apply basic chemistry, and produce a simple, cheap device that solves so many problems seemingly overnight. Where are all the highly paid professionals with dozens of degrees on their walls? Then I wonder why so many elements of her solution depend on 3M products. Actually, strike that, I don’t wonder at all. As for the device being patented, I’m guessing it already is.

  • Butch1

    Love it! Whilst others sit on their hands, this teenager develops a system for very little cost to purify water. How long will it take for some fat cat to by up her idea and make a patent to force her from ever using it or selling it herself? ( I’m feeling very cynical this morning. ) ;-

  • perljammer

    A quart of 3M glass bubbles goes for less than four dollars. PVC pipe? Cement? What are the expensive materials you’re talking about??

  • Gus diZerega

    This line of argument would be worth considering if most people who traveled widely were inspired to solve serious problems on the other side of the world – and then developed a way of doing so

  • Drew2u

    Thank you for understanding my entire point. I figured someone was going to comment to me missing it, completely.
    Growing up, most of the 14-year-olds in my class were busy waking up at 5am to tend to family farms in order to get to school by 8:15, finish at 3:21, and get back to the fields or animals until 8 or so.
    This doesn’t even touch the level of geographic and social studies courses being taught or the age of the textbooks being used.

  • Kes

    In defense of Drew2u’s comment…. This girl pretty clearly has access to resources which the average 14-year-old does not. It’s not wise or fair to suggest people should reasonably expect to achieve something which they are prevented from reaching through financial or educational barriers. The materials for this project alone would be out of reach for the typical middle class highschooler.

  • AinOk

    You got really mad? Sheesh. Grow up and see beyond your petty ego and
    expectation that you should have as much or more than others have. Some
    of the greatest contributions have come from individuals who do not have
    privileged positions. There are many ways to learn, and many ways to contribute.
    You have enough to make something of your life. Only you can do it, so get on with it.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    She’s amazing. A bright future awaits her, no doubt.

  • Drew2u

    This reminds me of a NPR program talking to the top teams of high-school invention competitions.
    Some of the ideas were really cool, but I got really mad when one girl said her idea came about when she visited India or another country in that part of the world (western Asia?) for the first time on her parents, what I could surmise, was a semi-annual trip.
    I am sure if, growing up, I could visit the other side of the world on a regular basis I would have a better understanding of a lot of – well – everything. As it was, growing up, the nearest city with a Walmart or supermarket was 25 miles away and that was considered really far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boris.goldmund Boris Goldmund

    Brava! Congratultions! Thank you.

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