Safe Water Network develops affordable safe drinking water solutions for rural communities in need. WQP Assistant Editor Williette Nyanue spoke to Poonam Sewak, development and partnerships manager for Safe Water Network, about the organization’s new tablet-based water and health education campaign.
Williette Nyanue: What inspired the tablet-based water and health education campaign?
Organization uses tablets to spread the word about safe drinking water
In June 2012, a group of George Mason University (GMU) students and faculty traveled to the Amazon jungle to help an indigenous group of roughly 400 people called the Maijuna complete a water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) project. The project included teaching proper toothbrushing, hygiene and handwashing, and building bio-slowsand filters (biosand filters) for each household.
Biosand filters improve water quality for indigenous group
The water treatment industry seems to be full of new ideas about how to treat water in innovative ways. NPR reported that UNICEF is promoting a machine developed by Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and HVR that turns sweat into drinking water by filtering the drippings squeezed from clothes. In answer to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet” competition, researchers at Duke have developed a new toilet, complete with a self-contained waste recycling system, that transforms wastewater into drinking water.
Aquionics’ line of pool and spa disinfection systems receives NSF/ ANSI Standard 50-2012 certification
Aquionics’ UVSwim I line of pool and spa disinfection systems has become the first complete UV system range to achieve the new NSF/ ANSI Standard 50-2012 certification. The certification applies to all seven models of UVSwim I from 100+ to 4500+.
Company launches program to streamline product offerings
AXEON Water Technologies has announced the introduction of AXEON Integrated Solutions, a new program that enhances the customer experience by offering a streamlined approach to product identification and selection.
Mini-Rack Systems combine up to three Big Blue-style filter housings and a UV disinfection system into a simple, clean looking, integrated product line. Manufactured from rugged 10-gauge HR commercial-grade steel and finished in a tough powder coat, they use a variation of the company’s standard disinfection chamber and are equipped with bottom-mounted ¼-in. drain plugs for winterization in seasonal applications. Available in flow rates from 6 to 16 gpm and equipped with 10- or 20-in. filter sumps, they speed installation, are easy to service and provide lasting value.
The UV Connect wireless logging device allows pool owners to remotely monitor the performance of UV systems. The logger plugs into any UV system and works with a complementary application to make data available on a smart phone or tablet. The app also is capable of monitoring other process equipment, such as pumps and filters. It provides information on system performance, alarm status, lamp running hours and operating parameters. Push notifications for alarm conditions also are available.
Company’s discoveries and improvements have been awarded numerous U.S. patents
When Atlantic Ultraviolet Corp. was founded in 1963, the use of ultraviolet (UV) light fixtures and equipment to eradicate bacteria, mold and viruses in water and air was in its infancy. This enabled the company to be at the forefront of developing more efficient ways to utilize this technology. One such discovery, which is still available today, was the 1970s design of the Sanitron UV water purifier.
Clearitas 350 and 450 can be used as primary disinfectants in commercial water treatment
Blue Earth Labs has been granted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectant registration (EPA Reg. No. 87437-1) for two versions of its core patented product, Clearitas, for use as standalone disinfectants to clean commercial water distribution systems. EPA registration of these product versions, Clearitas 350 and Clearitas 450, proves their effectiveness at eradicating harmful bacteria such as E.
Brian Grochowski will be responsible for increasing the UV disinfection company’s presence
Aquionics named Brian Grochowski as its new regional sales manager. In his new position, Grochowski will be responsible for increasing the ultraviolet disinfection company’s presence in the industrial market for the eastern U.S.