Patricia Compas-Markman

Finalist 2012

Patricia Compas-Markman

DayOne Response
DayOne Response designs and manufactures an easy-to-transport personal watertreatment system that cleans water in emergency situations.

Figures from the Red Cross show the world suffered an average 728 natural disasters each year from 2000 to 2004, more than double the annual rate since 1980. Much of the rise is attributed to climate change – a trend apparently not set to change. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis… From 1995 to 2005, the OECD reported a threefold increase in the number of deaths provoked by natural disasters, which totalled 249,816. Those not immediately stricken find themselves homeless, helpless, without food or clean water and vulnerable to disease.

Patricia Compas-Markman – or Tricia, as she likes to be known – was a civil engineering student at California Polytechnic State University when a professor approached her with an idea that could help. ‘I had co-founded an Engineers Without Borders chapter on campus to design solutions for stricken communities with basic needs, working directly in the community. Dr. Lundquist knew my work and approached me to design an idea he had conceived.’ That idea is now the DayOne Waterbag, a tough and capacious plastic pouch that holds, cleans and dispenses up to 10 litres of water and can be easily transported as a backpack.