Aquafilters have been developed by The Safe Water Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee. Supported by the Rotary Club of Cleadon and District, the development of the current filters was built on earlier work by Rotary in the North East of England.
Working together with the Rotary Club of Wirksworth in Derbyshire, The Safe Water Trust designed and developed the Aquafilter which can fit into an Aquabox.
Aquafilters are working successfully in developing countries (see our Aquafilters in Action page), some for more than 4 years. Following these successful field trials, and with the knowledge that Aquafilters are readily accepted as a very cost-effective method of treating water at the point of use, The Safe Water Trust is now seeking to scale up the numbers of Aquafilters by partnering with Aid Organisations and Charities working on the ground in developing countries.
One example of such a partnership is Aquabox of Wirksworth Rotary Club. Aquabox send out about 5000 emergency boxes every year to provide clean water and other aid to help victims of disasters worldwide. Up to now, these Aquaboxes have been including chlorine tablets for water purification, but the tablets will last for only 3 or 4 months.
With the development of the Aquafilter, clean drinking water is now available not just in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but also well into the medium term helping to rebuild people’s lives. The Aquafilter Family is now included in the Aquabox, replacing the chlorine tablets and carbon filters and providing safe drinking water for families (up to 30 people).
In response to the need for international aid to help victims of disasters, the Rotary organisation is continuing to make a significant contribution to international humanitarian assistance.
Not only that, beyond the immediate aftermath of a disaster, field trials have shown that Aquafilters are a proven method of providing safe drinking water into the medium term.
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