May 06

Olympic Medalist ‘Makes’ Water to Aid Drought-Stricken Farmers


In India, Ferreira envisions EcoloBlue standing alongside aquifers – sparked with energy from renewable sources – refilling water that is pumped out each day. The machine could also be used alongside village wells – which remain the primary water source for about a third of the country’s population – ensuring a consistent supply of potable water for a thirsty rural India.

“This is not going to solve a drought, but it can help out in a very large capacity,” said Ferreira. “The desperation for water is getting worse; every day I see more and more potential.”

EcoloBlue is currently in talks with a couple of companies based in India to develop a cut-down version assembled in India, thereby reducing the cost of manufacturing and bypassing import duties. The company is also working with almond and walnut growers in California’s Central Valley, who have suffered a severe economic crisis over the past four years due to an extended drought. Indian Americans primarily of Punjabi descent produce about one-fifth of the nation’s almonds and walnuts from this region.

“This really flip-fops the idea of thinking about water, how something like this functions in an environment where there is no electricity,” Accone of UNICEF told India-West, calling EcoloBlue a “truly innovative” product. She noted that the machine was already being used in Bangladesh to “recharge” aquifers – pumping EcoloBlue’s water back into an existing water supply.