H2gO handheld water treatment device is available on Indiegogo for a limited time
The H2gO purifier is a result of Aqua Research LLC’s quest to create a personal water purifier, focusing on ease of use, simplicity and affordability. This handheld, 3-oz device makes water safe to drink with only two button clicks, never needs replacement parts and is designed for extreme environments. The device is ideal for campers, travelers and natural disasters and will be available in July 2013 at a price of $80. For a limited time, the purifier is also available at the company’s Indiegogo campaign for only $65, plus contributors can donate purifiers to developing countries.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.4 million people die each year from waterborne diseases. Water disinfection is one of the most effective interventions to save lives, but a large proportion of people in poor economies stop disinfecting due to complexity and ongoing cost. In contrast, the H2gO purifier is sustainable even for people at the poverty line, because it is both simple to use and free to operate. Inventor Rodney Herrington said, “We believe in challenging the status quo — in the possibility to change the course of the world. The H2gO purifier is relevant not only for the developed world, but it can be used as an income generator by entrepreneurs in emerging nations. We’re changing lives one person at a time.”
The purifier works by converting a few grains of common salt to a powerful disinfecting solution in a matter of seconds. It treats 1 to 20 liters of water at a time. It is driven by a cell phone battery that can be charged by the integrated solar panel or USB, able to treat 300 liters of water per charge. Only one hour of sunlight makes 5 liters (more than 1 gal) of safe water. There is even an LED flashlight for night-time operation. Tufts University Professor Daniele Lantagne said, “I have provided technical assistance and evaluation of development and emergency water treatment projects in over 40 developing countries in the last 12 years. I am looking forward to testing the H2gO purifier in Haiti, to assess the effectiveness of this sustainable device in reducing the risk of waterborne cholera.”