If you were starting to find yourself disillusioned by the narrow-mindedness of projects finding their way to crowdfunding platforms, and seemingly half-hearted attempts by the public to do something to counteract our rapid consumption of environmental resources, then this is the project to change your mind. Dong, Archie and Jeff are three New York-based chaps who are looking to build a floating swimming pool in the East River. The walls of the proposed pool are composed a of layered filtration system which removes contaminants and bacteria, so that the pool will filter the very river which it sits in, allowing New Yorkers to swim in clean river water for the first time in 100 years. It would clean an estimated half a million gallons of river water every single day, “kind of like a giant Brita filter for the East River.”
Sound far-fetched? The sheer depth of research undertaken by the guys over the last three years, coupled with the unbelievable support they have received from architectural, state and private organisations across the USA is making the project overwhelmingly realisable. The next step is to take the pool closer to the water, allowing scientists and engineers to test filtration systems in actual river water. The Kickstarter campaign, which ends in two days’ time, allows you to have you name engraved on a tile in the pool, and to be one of the first to swim in this ingenious contraption. Down sides to the project? No, we can’t see any either. Quick! Get your donation in so that we can take a dip!