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Clean drinking water for all people especially babies and children is a birthright. What happened? Mankind has been working on this problem and some very fine new designs exist, but many of the “low cost variety” are not made with sustainable LONG TERM future in mind Also some of the best filters are still only affordable to the upper classes.

It will take teamwork between high and low tech but we can find a way to to transition and develop more choices in products of tomorrow that are as  beautiful and functional as they are lowest carbon footprint. The motto of my colleague Ron Rivera  was “Clean Water for All.” This project is dedicated in his memory and to all those who are involved throughout the world for advance in public health.

The potential for porous ceramic paperclay to lower costs of domestic water filtration in developing countries is discussed, with an artist’s view toward filters that are as easy to use, and to look at, as they are multi-purpose and eco-friendly.
Will a change in burnout material in pot ceramic water filters save money if reclaimed paper is used? A paperclay process has the potential to trim the production time and could, in due course, reduce airborne dusts, noise, power, and carbon fuel use. Also, a paperclay system allows ways to design and produce filters in developing regions that have not been technically feasible or practical with traditional ceramic.
In 2006, at a Filtron factory in Nicaragua, paperclay water filter pots of local terra cotta clay and pulp from recycled Managua newspaper were tested in production. Best practices for ceramic filter manufacture in developing regions are discussed within the context of improvements that the paperclay methods have potential to offer.
Ways that the pulp making reclaim process can be set up and complement the pot manufacture process are shown. Practical directions for further research, art, and design for a sustainable society will be discussed.

ISBN: 978-0-9825736-9-3 51 pages, pdf report

Presented at Symposium for Ceramic Art and Design for a Sustainable Society in Gothenberg, Sweden: March 7, 2011. Article published in the Symposium Book, with three excerpted articles from the bi-annual international journal: Ceramics Technical 2011-2012.


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A Potential for Paperclay Water Filters: An Artist’s View of Sustainable Ceramic Art and Design in Developing Regions v 1.0.6 (2012)

Rosette Gault Ph.D

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Paperclay water filter manufacture study and related articles 2004-2012