Sawyer Product’s creation of the Point One Filter and MINI Filter has made it possible for anyone in the world to contribute help from behind a computer. First, let’s discuss the product itself to better understand how it functions, and it why it so efficient.
Understanding the technology of the filter is key to better comprehending its benefits and how it has become an every day solution for clean water in countries suffering from a water crisis. Sawyer’s Water Filter utilizes a technology similar to that used for kidney dialysis.
Sawyer Products worked with a Fiber Manufacturer to better improve the hollow fiber membrane technology. In order to better the filtration rates and longevity of the filter, something more precise and rugged was needed. The goal was for the fiber composition to deliver exactly 0.1 or 0.02 micron filtration 100% of the time to ensure that absolutely no harmful bacteria could get through. The membranes also had to be sturdy enough to endure backwashing which would allow the filter to be re-used a number of times.
From this technology, the POINT ONE filter and MINI filter were created and over 72 countries have benefited from the product. Multiple non-profit organizations have taken the initiative to push this filter to any country in need of clean water.
With the recent Himilayan Earthquake striking Nepal among other areas, existing companies such as Heat Factory USA have launched relief efforts such as ‘Clean Water 4 Nepal’. Heat Factory USA dedicated a campaign that allowed a consumer in the US to purchase a MINI Filter at small cost, allowing a second filter to be shipped to Nepal at no cost. This sort of movement has had a tangible impact on the communities suffering from lack of clean water. The efforts reflect in photos taken by Waves 4 Water, another organization dedicated to helping communities build filters to have access to filtered water. Here are some photos posted by Waves 4 Water:
Heat Factory USA is proud to be involved in a movement as large as this one. A movement that sends a message: water is life. We are excited to continue leading projects to contribute providing safe drinking water to communities in need.