Water supplies are often abundant in developing countires, but drinkable water is not.
“There seemed to be so much water around, but you couldn’t drink it,” said Whitehead, a design and technology graduate from Loughborough Univesrity in the UK who has gone on to found Pure Water Technology.
The answer fpr sterilizing the water was chlorine and iodine tablets, which is time consuming and negatively affects the water’s taste. In search of a better solution, Whitehead developed a sleek bottle that can scoop up water from virtually any source and make it safe to drink within two minutes. It removes 99.9 percent of contaminents.
WHCC Health Innovations recently spoke with Whitehead about the technology and his plans for the product.
The Pure water bottle is about the size of a regular water bottle and holds a litre of water. An ultraviolet light bulb steralizes the water with the aid of another filter. The bulb only needs to be replaced every 8,000 litres and the filter every 500 litres. The device can be recharged by a hand crank, thus removing the need for an exteranal power supply.
Whitehead oringally intented the bottle be used by travelers and tourists who found themsevlves in a rural area that lacked adequate drinking water. But he has since realized there are addtional markets, including local populations, that can benefit from the device. In addtion to providing clean drinking water for rural populations, Pure may also be a sound solution to providing clean water to natural disaster areas.
The global technology world has taken notice. The INDEX 2011 Design to Improve Life Awards, IDSA 2011 IDEA Award, Core 77 Design Awards and James Dyson Award have also recognized Pure. Whithead took home the UK Dyson Award in 2010 for the design.
Pure is in the prototype phase, but Whitehead said he is looking to build out the devices’ production and distribution.