What's Our Problem?
Manure and fertilizer from farms is being washed into bodies of water and polluting them.
96% of nitrate contamination comes from agriculture.
How Do We Plan to Solve the Problem?
We plan to solve the problem by creating a device that collects runoff from farms, filters it, distills it, and holds the water and manure separately for re-use.
A diagram of how fertilizer enters ecosystems from farms
Who Does This Invention Target?
With this invention, we are targeting farmers of all different types of farms. The distilltrator could provide the farms with cheap water and re-usable, long, lasting fertilizer. It could also help the farmers tale care of the environment in which they live.
How Does the Distilltrator Work?
There are several steps in the process of the distilltrator. First, the runoff from the fields is collected in a series of gutter-like ditches. The ditches carry the contaminated water to a large chamber with a cone-shaped bottom so the water is forced to the sides of the chamber. The sides of the chamber are armed with thousands of tiny holes that don't allow large contaminants to pass through. Every once in a while, the cone-shaped bottom will open to release the contaminants that were left behind by the water into a separate holding tank. The water that squeezed through the holes is then carried to what is basically a giant distillation mechanism. The water is loaded into a giant distillation flask, the flask is sealed, and the distillation process begins. The water is evaporated by the heat of a giant electric stove-like pad and condensed back into a liquid, ridding itself of tiny contaminants. The distilled water is then stored in a tank for re-use. The distillation mechanism would need to be cleaned every now and then to remove the small contaminants.
What Are the Materials Needed to Build a Distilltrator?
The materials needed to build a distilltrator include:
- Large PVC pipes
- Large metal tanks
- Large heating source (electric stove)
- Cone-shaped trapdoor
- Giant water condenser
- Metal pipes
- Large distillation flask
- Large thermometer
How Much Would it Cost?
It would probably cost somewhere between $50,000-$100,000 to construct and install the many parts of the distilltrator. This price includes all of the materials, ditches, piping, and mechanisms.