Hydrologic Ceramic Water Filter Removes 99.99% Of Harmful Bacteria
Safe drinking water is, for the most part, taken for granted here in the U.S. Yeah, occasionally we have a Flint water crisis on our hands or a boil alert here and there, but otherwise we’re really pretty fortunate, as compared to a lot of other nations. And yet even with higher water quality levels it doesn’t stop us from filtering it or buying what we think is filtered or, better still, natural spring water. According to sales figures, we’re obsessed with it, spending billions of dollars each year on water filtration systems and cases of the wet stuff.
Ceramic Water Purifiers
One way to filter water is through a ceramic water purifier or CWP, as they’re often referred to. An organization called Hydrologic Social Enterprise (HSE) is behind a system known as the hydrologic ceramic water filter that is now being employed in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Philippines and Indonesia. The system allows people in communities with questionable water sources to filter their contaminated water to the point where it’s safe to drink.
Hydrologic Ceramic Water Filter
For many parts of the world, assuming water supplies are safe simply isn’t the case — especially in developing countries where drinking contaminated water brings on a host of unpleasant illnesses, the least of which is diarrhea. Back in 2009, 66 percent of Cambodian homes were regularly without safe drinking water. This resulted in a staggering 10 million cases of diarrhea a year there and an additional 10,000 deaths due of it. In these situations children and the elderly are usually the first to fall ill. Since HSE began providing their CWPs to people in Cambodia, there’s been a significant improvement in living conditions for all concerned.
Working Towards Change
Hydrologic Social Enterprise currently produces two CWP models to target different marketing audiences. They include a basic CWP model and a larger system with extra storage capacity that features a more stylish exterior. The poorest customers (those earning less than $1 a day) are reached through institutional sales. Nongovernmental organizations acquire the basic CWP units directly from HSE and then distribute them to those lower income households. The other customer segment (those bringing in wages between $1 and $5 per day) is currently being served through retail and direct sales. Since 2010, an additional village-to-village CWP sales channel has been developed.
Building a Better Water Filter
Hydrologic silver-impregnated CWPs are engineered in Cambodia using local resources and skills. The ceramic inner pots fit securely into the top of a specially designed plastic container with a lid to protect against re-contamination. The outer container has enough space to store about 12 liters of filtered water. When the inner pot is filled with untreated water, that water then percolates through the ceramic by a system of gravity filtration at a typical rate of 1-3 liters per hour. Bacteria all the way down to 0.2?m are physically blocked and killed by the silver contained in the CWP. Hydrologic silver-impregnated ceramic water purifiers are proven to remove at least 99.99% of harmful bacteria from drinking water.
Water Filtration Systems
While this particular water filtration system was designed with communities in underdeveloped areas in mind, it has practical applications for many segments of the world's population. For more information on Hydrologic Social Enterprise and the units themselves, you can inquire at their official website or contact Michael Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.