Solar Powered Filtration Systems: Providing Clean Water to the World
Our friends at TapIt Water recently noted that Innovative Water Technologies and GE have teamed up to create one of the most efficient and cost-effective water purification systems available. The Sunspring, as it is named, is a freestanding solar powered water purification system that is perfectly suited for installment in remote locations or in times of natural disasters and emergencies.
Inventor of the Sunspring: Innovative Water Technologies owner Jack Barker utilized GE’s Homespring water filter as the core of the purification unit. The Homespring filter utilizes an ultrafiltration membrane that physically removes pathogens, particulates, and turbidity from the water supply and is capable of processing up to 5,000 gallons of water daily, for up to ten years.
With the capability to be completely operational in as little as three hours after site arrival, the Sunspring’s cost of operation is only $0.0013 per filtered gallon. Additionally, the units require very little maintenance, making them ideal within remote parts of the world. With already 100 units in operation, Innovative Water Technologies has placed the Sunspring solar water-filtering systems in India, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, and even campgrounds within the United States.
Currently Barker is working to place another 100 systems in schools across Haiti as a response to the 2010 earthquake that rattled the region. In regards to the Haitian community Baker states: “Even if they don’t have electricity, they’ll have safe water.”