TEMPE, AZ - A small team of ASU students have a new invention they hope will save lives in struggling countries.
Jared Schoepf has come up with SafeSIPP, a portable water purification system. It's a 30-gallon barrel with a handle and as you push it, an internal filter cleans the water inside.
Schoepf says currently one billion people in third world countries walk up to a mile just to find water. They then carry it back a gallon at a time and often, it still isn't clean to drink.
Schoepf believes this invention could change entire lifestyles.
"Technically this would help 30 people, but we believe that now that people have more water, it would be perfect for a family to help them wash dishes and grow fresh produce."
Thanks to his creation, Schoepf is in the running for College Entrepreneur of the Year.
His team would win a $5,000 grant which would be used to build about 20 SafeSIPPs.
They'll also win a magazine cover story worth $60,000 in free marketing.
In addition, the money would also help them reach non-profit partners for distribution of SafeSIPP.
You can vote for Jared until September 17 on the Entrepreneur Magazine website.