On Wednesday June 5, World Environment Day, the non-profit organization Dominican ”FilterPure Inc., (called “AquaPure” locally) received the ENERGY GLOBE Award in recognition and support of ceramic water filters factory and a training center in the Moca, province Espaillat.
FilterPure Inc. presented to Casa de Campo community their water filters with an exhibition held at The Gallery in Altos de Chavón on Saturday, January 5, 2012. At this special event, ceramic filters handcrafted by artists Emilio Robba, Mayra Gonzalez and Lisa Ballentine (president of the foundation) were showcased (click here to see photos of the exhibition).
Lisa Ballentine distributing water filters in Haiti
The award coincides with the first anniversary of the opening of the center- which was formed in 2012 with the mission to become an international center for research and training in ceramic water filters which offer an affordable, sustainable and high quality solution to the clean water crisis.
The award recognizes FilterPure Inc. for their environmental and economic management. The facilities have natural light and ventilation to reduce electricity load and create a clean, comfortable and secure work environment. It also has a system of rainwater harvesting to supply the water needed in the production of filters and quality testing. The furnaces and other production processes are designed to use local materials efficiently, showing a reduction in emissions compared to traditional ovens, and the filters are designed to meet the interests and needs of vulnerable communities who use them.
The ENERGY GLOBE Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards. The goal of the Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience, for many of our environmental problems already have good, feasible solutions.
About Agua Pure
FilterPure Inc., (called “AquaPure” locally) is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to bring desperately needed pure drinking water to the people of developing nations, and currently working with communities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
How do Filter Pure filters work? Are they really safe for your family?
The simple answer is that “dirty” water filters through the specially prepared ceramic pot and this filter process removes all the impurities leaving the water clean, pure and drinkable for you and your family.
The following is a more in-depth explanation of how the filter is created and how it works:
The technology of the water filter is simple, effective, and, sustainable. A round-bottom ceramic pot is made from a mixture of clay, a combustible material (sawdust or rice husks), and colloidal silver. The colloidal silver is a naturally occurring anti-bacterial which improves the bacteria removal rate for the filter. First, the clay and combustible are mixed with a measured amount of silver and water until a homogeneous mixture is formed.
The mixture is made into a filter and kiln fired, burning out the combustible material and leaving micro pores coated with the silver to clean the water. During the firing process, about ½ inch of charcoal is produced within the filter to improve taste and color. The filter, which is designed with a rim, is placed on a five gallon plastic storage bucket with a spigot at the bottom for dispensing.
A lid is placed on the filter to prevent contamination. When used, water is poured through the ceramic pot and filtered into the receptacle bucket. Safe drinking water is easily poured from the spigot by all members of the household.
The flow rate of the filter ranges from 20 to 30 liters per day depending upon how often the filter is refilled. Filters are cleaned by lightly scrubbing the surface when flow rate is reduced, and it is recommended that the filter is boiled every three months to insure optimum effectiveness. The effective useful life of the filter is at least 5 years.
To read even more about Filter Pure, please visit their website:www.filterpurefilters.org