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100 Water Heroes: Arturo Vittori

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Founder and President of Warka Water

Arturo Vittori is the Founder and President of Warka Water, an NPO that “focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s most enduring problems through the fusion of local knowledge and resources, visionary design, and ancient traditions.” Arturo is an internationally celebrated artist, architect and designer whose projects have provided beautifully innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues.

When asked what prompted the launch of Warka Water, Arturo stated:

"The idea of the project came out from visiting a small village called Dorze in Ethiopia and seeing women and children walking for kilometres and kilometres every day to bring some water home"

Arturo and his team realised that, in order for rural Ethiopians to access water, women and children had to walk for miles, only to reach shallow, contaminated ponds. This new awareness ultimately led to Arturo designing vertical water towers that collect potable water from the air, providing rural populations with an alternative, safe water source.

Arturo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for founding Warka Water and using his skillset to create an alternative solution to lack of water access in rural African communities.

Twitter: @ArturoVittori

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/arturo-vittori-a457351

100 Water Heroes: Angela Morelli & Tom Gabriel Johansen

Founders of InfoDesignLab

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Today’s #100WaterHeroes are co-founders of InfoDesignLab, Angela Morelli (CEO) and Tom Gabriel Johansen (COO). Angela and Tom are information designers who co-founded InfoDesignLab after recognising “how vital it is to design information in a way that strikes the right note in the mind of the viewer.”

Prior to her work with InfoDesignLab, Angela attained her MA specialising in Information Design. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012, and is currently an ambassador for virtual water and water footprint research.

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Tom has over 15 years of experience in the data-journalism and design fields. With his extensive experience and skill, Tom is described as “innovative and powerful in the service of understanding.”

On the topic of virtual water, InfoDesignLab created a platform whereby users are able to visualise the virtual water hidden in their food - The Water We Eat. The experience is immersive and visually exciting, all the while raising awareness of the invisible water that exists in everything we consume.

Angela and Tom are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their commitment to turning water science into meaningful narratives, beautiful visions and understandable messages.

Angela’s Twitter: @angelamorelli 

Tom’s Twitter: @tomhal99

The Water We Eat

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Oslo, Norway