Water Purification with Fermented Soybean Powder

This is one of the all-time great ideas presented on Gaia no Yoake.  Mr. Kanetoshi developed this simple and inexpensive method for making clean drinking water anywhere, anytime.  All you have to do is mix the powdered Natto in to dirty water from streams, lakes, or wherever and you end up with drinkable water in a few seconds.  This can be used in emergency situations, and in areas of the world where clean drinking water is hard to come by, like parts of India and Africa.

Here is the synopsis in Japanese:

バングラデシュで浄化剤を使ってみせる小田会長 6月の放送でも取り上げた浄化剤メーカーの「日本ポリグル」。
池の汚れた水でも、スプーン一杯分の浄化剤を入れてかき混ぜると、
汚れやヒ素などの有害物質と結合し、下に沈殿。水が透明になるという画期的なものだ。
前回の放送では日本ポリグルの小田兼利会長(67歳)自ら、水道普及率10%以下で水環境の著しく悪いバングラデシュに乗り込んだ様子を取材した。
バングラデシュでは、池の水や、茶色く濁った井戸水などを飲料水として使っており、病気も少なくない。そこで、池の水をきれいな飲み水に変えようと、
サイクロンの最もひどかった地域で「浄化装置」を作ってあげた。
村人たちも、子供たちもあまり見たことのないきれいな水に大いに喜んだ。
しかし、課題もあった。いつまでも「浄化剤」を無償であげるわけにはいかない。さらに、もっと多くの人を救いたい。それにはある程度お金をとって、
継続的に支援できるようにしなければいけない。
小田会長は再びバングラデシュに乗り込み、地元の人たちと協力し、
より多くの人たちに浄化剤を広めるプロジェクトに乗りだす。
「ペットボトルを買えるようなお金持ちに売ってもしょうがない。
お金のない人に行き渡るようにしたい」と語る小田会長。
バングラデシュでそのモデルケースを作れれば、世界中の飲み水に困っている人たちを救えると考えている。果たしてその思いは通じるのか?

English:

We’re looking at the water purification maker “Nihon Polyglu”, which we also presented in our June broadcast.
By mixing one spoonful of the purification powder into water from dirty ponds, etc. the toxic substances such as arsenic and other impurities bind with the powder and settle on the bottom.  This revolutionary substance has the power to turn such water clear.
In our previous broadcast we followed company president Kanetoshi Oda as he headed out on his own to Bangladesh, a country with considerably poor water services reaching only 10% of the population.
In Bangladesh water-borne illnesses are not uncommon with people using pond water and muddied well water for drinking.
Mr. Oda went to an area hit hardest by a cyclone and set up a water purification station to make drinking water from a pond.
The villagers and children were ecstatic to see something they were not used to seeing, clean water.
But, there’s a problem.  The purification powder can’t be provided without compensation forever.  And, the aim is to bring this to even more people.  It’s necessary to collect some money so that this assistance can be provided continuously.
So, Mr. Oda went back to Bangladesh and cooperated with the locals in a project to further spread the use of the the purification powder.  Mr. Oda said, “We can’t just try to sell this to wealthy people with enough money to buy bottled water, we need to make it available to people without money”.  If he can create a successful model in Bangladesh, he can help others in countries without clean drinking water.  Will he be able to make it a reality?

Here’s the Video:

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