Clean water is essential for life. Nearly one billion people around the world lack access to safe water and approximately 3.5 million deaths each year are linked to water-related diseases.1,2 The scarcity of clean water is most apparent in developing countries where limited resources are available for water treatment.
In Rwanda, Africa the traditional method of purifying water is to boil it, using firewood. However this method is time consuming and impractical for those who do not have ac-cess or cannot afford firewood. Limited access to clean drinking water has lead to illness, disease and a poor quality of life for the local residents utilizing the source wa-ter. Providing small communities with clean water has been a challenge.