**Update: 1,300 more filtration systems Have been distributed by grassroots groups supported by kite4water.
We are seeking funding to return to puerto rico and assist communities + shelters in the most remote regions of the island.
our teams Have returned from the field. The time to act is now, we need as much support as we can in order to slow this developing and compounding disaster.
We have many people stepping up to help with the difficult task of distributing these filtration systems in a disaster zone.The manufacturer of the filters has cut prices down by close to 60% during this crisis, allowing us to purchase that many more! Filtration systems should only cost approximately $20 each at this time (including the plastic bucket), then we have to pay for shipping to the island, where we have a secure private residents to store the filters for incoming volunteers to pick up.
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SAWYER POINTONE WATER FILTER
ONE filter has the potential to bring a family household 20+ years of clean water, the technology is so new, we do not know exactly how long a filter will last.
In disaster relief situations each filter can yield 500+ gallons of water per day.
Highest Filtration Rates Available
At 0.1 micron absolute, it is impossible for any bacteria, protozoa or cysts to pass through the filter.
With the technology derived from kidney dialysis, Sawyer worked with a fiber manufacturer to actually improve the hollow fiber membrane technology. In order to improve both the filtration rates and longevity of the filter, they needed something even more precise and rugged. The fiber composition had to deliver exactly 0.1 & 0.02 micron filtration 100% of the time to ensure no bacteria would get through, and the membranes had to be sturdy enough to withstand backwashing which allows the filter to be cleaning and reused.
Since there is such a high flow rate, this eliminates the need to store water which reduces the chances of water being contaminated after it is filtered. The only external force required for the system to function is GRAVITY. The flow rate of a filter is determined by a combination of:
Head pressure (The distance from the top of the water to the filter)
Altitude (The higher the altitude, the slower the flow rate)
How clean the filter is
The filter itself (there are slight variations between filters)
Maintenance of this filter is very simple. When the filter starts to slow down or clog, simply back wash it with clean water using the syringe provided in the kit. Since the filters can continuously be back-washed and re-used, they have an extremely long life expectancy. The ease of operating this system makes it self-sustainable and dependable.
These filters and purifiers make water so clean and accessible that people will not only use the filtered/purified water for drinking, but also for cleaning, bathing, cooking, watering plants and more.
The bucket system is essential for aid in natural disasters. This system would eliminate the need to ship bottled water.
Community filters are $50 (not including shipping) and will provide enough clean water for 100 people per day. If maintained properly, they will last for many years.
These are solutions we can implement NOW, not 6 months or 1 year from now.