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Every Ceramic Water Filter Has A Silver Lining

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Pure WaterWater is often poetically described as being synonymous to life itself. The truth is not too far from it. In fact, lack of clean, drinking water is the reason for wiping out billions of lives especially in the developing world where the water sources are contaminated. The developed world has long realized this and have taken steps for filtering their drinking water. The method often varies from country to country with high tech being an acceptable procedure in the US, Canada and other countries of Europe. However, bowing to technology isn’t always the ideal solution. A social enterprise named Pure Water has proved it by using indigenous, low cost methods to provide clean, germ free water to millions in Ghana.


The Filtration Process

The filters produced by the company aim at removing the microbes that lurk within water thereby creating havoc with the health of the local residents. The use of ceramic and a little silver has managed to stop the influx of microbes single handedly thereby thwarting thousands of deaths. Susan Murcott is the founder of the enterprise and believes in aiming straight for the root of the problem. She has devised a ceramic water filter which acts as a sieve, filtering out the mud and other impurities while the inner coating of silver particles kills off the microbes thus producing pure water  that is perfectly safe to drink.


Is It A Success?

Pure Home Water has also successfully managed to train the local residents who try to explain the fundamentals of health care as well as help in installing the filters in rural homes all across Northern Ghana. The results have been spectacular and while the company has just received a huge order of installing an additional 2500 filters in the country, their hand washing stations, called Tippy taps are also doing exceedingly well.

Filtered and Muddy water

The low cost filters have now become popular and are used in more than 18 countries at present. Murcott has been helped by MIT students who help in training the local population especially the women on how to process the clay and use it for filtration of water. Countries that have a low sanitation and hygiene can certainly benefit from these inexpensive means of filtering water with each filter costing only $5.


Murcott, a former poet has indeed taken a giant leap in solving the world wide problem which no high tech solution can hope to compete with. “People talk about mobile technology, about how cell phones are changing the developing world. What we’re working on is the bottom billion, the billion people around the world without safe water,” says she, a Senior Lecturer with MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at present.  “They’re not going to be able to put fresh water through their cell phone.”


Sure thing, Susan. We appreciate and congratulate you on your special effort to eradicate diarrhea and enteric infections from the developing countries around the world.   


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Every Ceramic Water Filter Has A Silver Lining