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According to the World Economic Forum, the water crisis is
the Number 1 global risk based on its impact upon society

The Challenge; Life or Death in a Thirsty World


The statistics of this global crisis are alarming.


2,000 children a day are dying from a lack of access to clean water.

3.6 million people a year are dying from water-related disease.

1.6 billion people are in water shortage and a further 1.6 billion people are approaching that condition.

World Health Organisation Estimates


Half of the developing world are sick from disease linked to dirty water and poor sanitation.


Of the world’s population
lack access to a toilet


Of all schools lack access to
clean water and sanitation

According to the World Economic Forum, the water crisis is the Number 1 global risk based on its impact upon society (as a measure of devastation).

The World Health Organisation estimates that currently one half of the developing world’s people are sick from diseases linked to dirty water and poor sanitation.

One third of the world’s population lack access to a toilet, largely due to water shortage.

One third of all schools lack access to clean water and sanitation. A large number of girls therefore don’t go to school during menstruation. Without sanitation, their education is impeded.

Water is also scarce in parts of the developed world. California and Western Australia being examples where large areas previously under cultivation have had to be surrendered back to bush because of fresh water shortages.


The Future? Sickness or Health, Life or Death, Peace or War?


The planet’s supply of fresh water is already scarce and will become much scarcer. Some 97.5% of the world’s water is oceanic salt water. Only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water.  Of this 2.5%, 69% of it is frozen in glaciers and ice caps, and a further 1% is brackish water in swamps. This leaves just 30% of fresh water as ground water – only 0.7% of the Earth’s total water.

Would you rather live in a world without gold or one without water?
Would you rather live in a world without oil or one without water?

Currently, the World’s Number One Problem is set to get worse, a lot worse.


1. Population growth.

By 2050, the world population is set to grow by 40% to 9.6 billion people. The planet’s water resource will not. 

2. Climate Change

Water tables are declining in many regions due in part to reduced rainfall, the already dry areas becoming drier. 

3. Standard of Living

Increasing standards of living across the world and widespread industrialisation demand even greater volumes of potable water.

the World’s Number One Crisis, the scarcity of
drinking water in the developing world


Earth’s only resource large enough to address the existing and worsening problem of drinking water scarcity is oceanic salt water. To make seawater ‘drinkable’ it must be desalinated, that is the salt must be removed.

Presently, over three quarters of the world’s desalinisation plants use the process of reverse osmosis. This is an expensive method because of its high capital cost and energy usage. It is also environmentally challenging because the process produces a by-product of very salty brine that both interrupts the water cycle and has to be safely disposed of.

Nevertheless, in the absence of a better alternative, it has made and is making an important contribution at least in the developed world where the inherent expense can be borne and the unavoidable complexity accommodated.

Israel leads the way in this technology. Desert has been turned to vegetable garden and water is now being exported to Israel’s thirsty neighbours.

It does not however address the major part of the World’s Number One Crisis, the scarcity of drinking water in the developing world. It is too expensive, too big and too complicated.

How can these areas be provided with the water necessary to stop 2,000 children per day dying from lack of access to it? The solution must be family sized, inexpensive, robust, easily maintained and provide water in useable volumes.

Our Solar desalinator converts seawater, brackish water
or contaminated water to produce pure drinking water.

Our Response.

So… what is the solution to the world’s most critical problem?


Epicuro is an innovation hub with a mission to develop new technologies to solve age old problems. Taking them to the pre-prototype production stage and then licensing those technologies worldwide. Epicuro’s patented Desalinator is the first product to launch and has the capability to cure the world’s Number 1 problem.

It relies on the sun as its only power source, using its infra-red radiation to distil seawater, brackish water or contaminated water to produce drinking water. It’s the most efficient, inexpensive desalination system in the world that provides potable water at rates of production which practically address the enormous challenge of water scarcity facing both the developing and developed world. Being a thermal system the Epicuro Desalinator utilises some 65% of the incident solar energy compared with the 20% which pv based systems achieve. The Epicuro Desalinator works best in sunnier climes, the very regions where, unsurprisingly, water scarcity is most prevalent. In a tropical setting a single Epicuro Desalinator can yield 40 litres of drinkable water daily.

The Epicuro Desalinator requires no batteries. Its power source is a free one, the sun, abundant in the developing world and entirely sustainable and environmentally friendly. It is robust and mobile. If required, it can automatically track the sun, both horizontally and vertically. It is modular and can be combined with further units to form a farm, and it has a life span of fifteen years. The only moving parts on the unit are the fans and the pump. It is therefore extremely low maintenance. Moreover, it is ready to use. If required it can be monitored remotely. It needs no chemicals, no pre-treatment of the water, it contains no filters and no membranes. The technology is very flexible and allows production of small family units as well as large linked mono-panels suitable for industrial water farms in areas such as California and Western Australia.


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