The SunSpring is a finalist in the Aid Innovation Challenge (AidEx) 2013 technology awards. Manufactured by Innovative Water Technologies of Colorado, SunSpring units are the keystone of Rotary Club Intl.’s efforts to overcome the dire realities of contaminated drinking water in the developing world. These innovative, life-saving filtration systems have already made an impact in the most desperate regions of Haiti, helping the nation to recover from a devastating earthquake and numerous hurricanes. The systems also are operational in Africa and Asia, providing relief in harsh conditions.
AidEx, in Brussels, Belgium, recognizes individuals and businesses that have made significant breakthroughs in improving the lives of those in the developing world. It provides a showcase for unique products and services in the areas of food and water, logistics and communication, medicine and shelter.
SunSpring technology makes the work of the H2OpenDoors, a project of Rotary Club Intl., possible by providing a sustainable, versatile, high-volume filtration unit. By not relying on pre-existing infrastructure, these units are ideal for both disaster recovery situations and the developing world. The technology is portable, self-contained and powered entirely by solar panels and wind. Peak capacity of the unit exceeds 20,000 liters a day, and the operation life is a minimum of 10 years.
Improvements to community health are apparent following the installation of the SunSpring unit. In February 2013, H2OpenDoors installed a system in the village of Huayjakan in Thailand's Chiang Mai province; at the same time, a health baseline survey was carried out amongst the 2,500 local residents. More than a quarter of those surveyed were suffering from chronic diarrhea, a telltale symptom of E. coli contamination, which was traced to the village's primary water source. A followup survey conducted five months after installation showed a 75% reduction in incidence of diarrhea.