Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
INNOVATIVE & QUALITY BIOSAND WATER FILTERS
Explain your idea in details:
The objective of our idea is to design/construct and mass-produce portable, low-cost, adsorption-based Biosand filter units that can provide clean and safe drinking water for poor households who are facing serious water related epidemic outbreak in Nigeria.At first, we would build our Biosand filters mainly from local available materials such as cement, river sand, gravel, etc.Secondly, we would amend the matrices of their filter beds with Iron oxide and Manganese oxide. Thirdly, we shall review the potential of the Biosand filters to remove organic and inorganic contaminants from water samples with possible application of laboratory analysis.We shall then create awareness to the target customers on efficacy of our Biosand filters to improve their drinking water. We shall engage men and women, old and young to participate in the awareness creation.Next, we would mass-produce the portable low-cost adsorption based Biosand filters and push them to the market for them communities to buy at affordable price and use in their various households, in order to improve the drinking water quality of their respective household members.These great steps are necessary to ensure proper delivery of the biosand filters and to win trust from the people when confirm the effectiveness of the filters.Unlike the most common types of Biosand filters used in most African communities today, this current and innovative Biosand filters are modified for dual functions which are simultaneous removal of harmful microorganisms and heavy metal contaminants from water by a combination of biological and physicochemical sorption processes. Another great advantage of the system is its non recurring costs which are always associated with other water treatment methods. Above all, it is sustainable and easy to use by poor, uneducated people.It was an idea successfully developed from my Masters Degree programme as it formed a part of my Masters Degree project in the
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
With the idea, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 will be well impacted in these communities housing more than 2000 households. It should be recalled that SDG Goal 6 is designed to contribute to progress across a range of economics and environment. SDG 6: "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all". We shall improve water of the target communities by providing clean and safe drinking water, both in terms of pathogens and toxic heavy metals such as Arsenic, Iron, Manganese, Lead and Fluoride, and then save the lives of thousands of people living in these areas. On the Economic impact, their direct income will be retained from the expenses due to curing of water borne illnesses. It will save the costs from time and energy from perhaps boiling water. Productivity of these rural dwellers will also be increased due to better health condition. Nevertheless, it is environmental and user friendly for it does not compromise the environmental and social activities of the people. The success of the project if paramount and it would be considered successful when:1) Every constructed Biosand filter units is tested and satisfied to offer a household solution in providing clean water from contaminated water of the areas. 2) Every constructed Biosand filter units is able to simultaneously remove organic/pathogens and inorganic/heavy metals contaminants from the locally use water of the affected areas.3) Cases of water-related epidemic outbreak and health problems of the communities is significantly reduced or eradicated.4) These communities understand the benefit of our biosand filter units; that they are able to provide clean water for years and hence reduce or eradicate water-related epidemic outbreak and improve community health.5) These communities are keen to purchase more of the biosand filter units for their household use.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our Initiative will take place in 15 villages of about 2000 households in Zamfara state Nigeria which have been suffering from serious water-related health issues for more than a decade. They are located in three Local Government Areas of Anka, Bunkuyum and Maru. Some of them are Abare, Tungare, Guru, Tungar, Daji, Sunke, Bagega and Duza. They embark on illegal mining activities and have poor hygiene which perhaps contaminates their water bodies. Meanwhile, our proposed household-based water treatment systems would arrest this ugly situation they have found themselves.Once the initiative is operating, funds to sustain the business would be generated from the state and local government whom we are optimistic to pick interest to support the project because of its intending positive impact on these affected communities and hence collaborate with us to ensure sustainability of the idea in these areas.Sustainability funds shall also be generated the locals who happen to be the target customers. As every household buys and uses our Biosand filters, they are directly and indirectly generating funds for the sustainability of the project.These customers live in rural areas of the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) stated above. They have large reproductive capacity because men of their religiously marry more than one wife. Most of them are very poor and uneducated; and it is on this basis that we have considered reducing the price of the Biosand filter to 30 so that most households will afford buying and using the Biosand filters.
I am a smart and young entrepreneur born on 13th March, 1987 in Imo state Nigeria and has been in charge of making decisions that have effective impact on businesses due to my diverse experiences in management and science. My education career began formally at a community primary school in 1995; and in 2002, I was able to complete a post primary education and obtain senior secondary certificates in flying colors. Late 2003, I gained admission to study Micro-biology in a higher institution but forfeited it due to financial constraints. However, in 2006, another examination leading to higher education was retaken and I was successfully given admission into the university to study Biotechnology.Throughout my study years at the university, I was devoted to my studies and extra-curriculum activities. In 2012, I graduated; and later in 2014, I applied and gained admission to read Biochemistry at Masters Degree level. I graduated from the programme in 2017 and was awarded the Degree certificates in 2018.Nevertheless, I have been awarded several leadership and entrepreneurship certificates, several Diploma certificates in computer programmes (2006, 2012) and a certificate in Education (2017).