Berkefeld M Series drinking water plants were developed for military and humanitarian operations. The systems treat almost all available raw water, such as well water, surface water, brackish water, seawater and water with high turbidity. The series covers various sizes, from M1, producing 1 cu meter of water per hour, to M12, producing 12 cu meters per hour. The plants have an intelligent HMI interface and can be run automatically.
Clean water is crucial to health, and around the world, thousands of people die each day due to waterborne illnesses. The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is an organization that implements WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs around the world in an effort to reduce death and disease. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Steve Werner of WASRAG to find out more about educating people on safe water and sanitation.
Reducing waterborne disease around the world
Many regions in Malawi, Africa, are struggling with access to safe drinking water. Urban areas are subject to tap water supplies with little to no water treatment, while the surrounding rural communities are forced to drink from untreated and poorly maintained wells and boreholes, resulting in high rates of diarrhea and other sanitation-associated illness.
Solar water treatment helps Malawi communities achieve clean water
The NSP solar pump is a solar-powered water well pump that, once built, is maintenance free and saltwater resistant. The pump is independent from electric power supply, with the potential to reach waterways up to 100 meters deep. Each system can provide up to 20,000 liters—enough clean water for 1,000 people—per day.
The H2gO purifier is a handheld 3-oz device that converts a few grains of common salt into a powerful disinfecting solution in seconds. It can treat 1 to 20 liters of water at a time and never needs replacement parts. The purifier is simple to use and free to operate. It is driven by a cell phone battery that can be charged by the integrated solar panel or USB, and is able to treat 300 liters of water per charge. There is an LED flashlight for nighttime operation.
Combining technologies provides versatility in treating different kinds of water sources while keeping costs low
Rapid urbanization in the Asia Pacific region is prompting the rural population to intensify its demands for a better quality of life, which includes access to cleaner and purer water. This, coupled with demand for high-quality water from water-intensive industries, makes a robust case for mobile water treatment in the region.
New analysis from Frost and Sullivan, "Asia-Pacific Mobile Water Treatment Market," finds that the market earned revenues of $48.2 million in 2011 and is expected to reach $298.3 million by 2017.