Pedaling to purify water

(KGW) A Portland, Oregon company has a fascinating plan for capturing bicycle pedal power to purify water.

“It’s proven technology. We know it works,” says Amy Doering Smith, the CEO of Safi Water Works.

The Portland startup has created a bicycle aimed at helping the 600 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean drinking water.

The bike delivers pedal power to a battery which fuels an ultraviolet bulb.

“Exposure to the bulb purifies and disinfects the water,” Doering Smith explains, “UV is used on a much larger scale for water systems in New York and Seattle.”

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