New Water Shortage Fix: Drinking Sweat
Team creates device to build awareness
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2013 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – If you stop by the Gothia Cup, a world youth soccer tournament in Sweden, you'll get a chance to drink some eminently potable water from a very reliable source: Your own sweat. A group of Swedish engineers has built a "Sweat Machine" that pulls the sweat out of damp clothing, and then purifies and filters it until it's fit to drink, Discovery News reports. And in case you're not sweaty enough to contribute, there's an exercise bike attached.

The project was dreamed up by a PR agency and UNICEF as a way of drawing attention to the many parts of the world that lack access to sufficient clean water. Whenever someone chips in sweat or drinks a cup of former sweat, sponsors will donate money to buy water purification tablets in these regions, according to the Gothia Cup's site. Could the sweat machine itself help in these places? Maybe, but not much; it requires a full load of sweat-drenched laundry to make a pint of water.

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Jul 22, 2013 12:38 AM CDT
I'd like to give this opportunity for the bankers, globalists and those friendly israhellis in the Gaza desert. They can do whatever they want with their urine, poops and sweats.
Jul 19, 2013 9:37 PM CDT
The Middle East countries desalinate millions of gallons of water each per day. Of course they have a good energy source. Its not a green source of water either. I propose Texas should do that after the SCOTUS shot them down on suing Oklahoma for water rights to lakes there. Texas should build massive desalination plants across the gulf and power them with on and off shore wind generators. I mean when I visit Galveston I can look out from my hotel balcony and see hundreds of oil platforms if the conditions are right. But at night they are lit up and you scan the horizon with a camera and you can count them. So why not locate some wind generators out there maybe beyond view of land. Then lay cables to land and use it to power the desalination operation. An aircraft carrier alone desalinates 400,000 gallons per day. Coastal states should get working on it and stop waiting for the drought. The one in Tampa Bay can make up to 25 million gallons of fresh water per day.
Jul 19, 2013 3:43 PM CDT
Sweat is not fresh water, if only because it contains salt. Other solutions: less waste and fewer people.