The name of this blog is taken from the concept “point of use, (POU)” originally referencing decentralized water treatment at the main location of consumption, or in gas source control equipment, tool-specific air emissions abatement equipment. Here, POU is expanded to include this online journal, where field notes and reflections become the manufacturing tool to share the products of research.
About POU Water Treatment
Original Video can be found at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=f5htXA1OVio
Water treatment in the home at the point-of-use is a way to rapidly and affordably improve water quality and quality of life for households in developing countries with no ready access to a safe and improved water supply. A decentralized approach to improved water quality focused at the household level may be a more feasible and sustainable method for sanitary water provision than centralized systems in rural areas. Health impact trials in developing countries of POU technologies show diarrhea reductions of 30%.
Fewtrell, L., R. Kaufmann, D. Kay, W. Enanoria, L. Haller, and J. Colford (2005) “Water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions to reduce diarrhea in less developed countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Lancet Infect Dis, 5, 42-5.
Sobsey, M.D. (2002) Managing Water in the Home: Accelerated Health Gains from Improved Water Supply. The World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO Water Sanitation and Health: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/wsh0207/en/
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