University of Miami (USA)


The current process for acquiring clean water requires complex sanitation systems that are typically costly, and require electricity, or some sort of physical foundation (i.e. a well). Filters are expensive and need to be replaced. Desalination rigs are difficult to manufacture in regions that lack resources. Even the life straw which requires none of these things only solves the issue of clean drinking water, but there is no way to utilize the tool for hygienic uses.


Catch is an umbrella-like attachment that uses uses three stakes planted in the ground to stand above a pot of undrinkable water. A heat source boils the water, and the Catch stops the steam before evaporation, causing clean water droplets to form at the top. The droplets trickle down the side of the interior and collects in the “gutters” (the underside that is curved in). It is then directed to the drain, exiting the contraption through a tube that is attached to a collection container.

Main Beneficiaries:

Our beneficiaries include primarily those in rural areas with no access to a clean water source. This sustainable, reusable attachment can provide water to communities that lack desalination, sanitization, and electric systems. 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. (WHO/UNICEF 2019). 2 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic water services (WHO/UNICEF 2020). Over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. (WHO/UNICEF 2019).


Execution and validation


GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being


University of Miami (USA)

- 11 months, 1 week ago
Congratulations! Your proposal has been pre-selected to move forward in the Hemispheric University Consortium Social Ideas Challenge. Together with students from partner institutions in the hemisphere, you are required to attend at least two of the great workshops that we have lined up for you next week.. Please also “Save the Date” for the University of Miami Social Ideas Challenge Finale for Monday, November 8 at 6:00pm in Storer Auditorium in Miami Herbert Business School. There your team will compete with the other UM teams in a three-minute formal presentation about your idea. The winning team will represent the University of Miami in the international challenge in April 2022. We’re excited to learn more about your ideas! Warm regards, The Social Ideas Challenge University of Miami