Our Water Filters

Whenever a disaster strikes, whether it is natural or man-made, there is always an urgent need to provide safe drinking water for people affected. In the aftermath of a disaster, Water supplies are often severely affected: water pipes may be destroyed, treatment plant may be damaged, or the water supply may be contaminated by sewage or other fouling.

In these circumstances, people have no choice but to collect water from available local sources, such as streams, rivers and wells. Such water is often contaminated and unsafe to drink. Water-borne diseases such as cholera will spread rapidly, and will affect particularly the more vulnerable young and older members of a community.

Image of an Aquabox associate demonstrating how to use the water filter

So how does Aquabox meet the challenge of providing safe drinking water during times of crisis?

We provide two solutions, depending on the local need. The first is the Aquabox family filter, capable of filtering water at the rate of one litre per minute, and designed to meet the needs of a typical family group. The second is a community filter – exactly the same technology, but scaled up to process up to six litres per minute, and designed for schools, clinics and community centres.

Both the Aquabox filters are based on sub-micron filter membranes which are impenetrable to bacteria and most viruses, and which instantly produce safe, clean water for drinking, for cooking and for washing. And with a quick, simple daily back-flush process to get rid of accumulated contamination, they go on working – day after day, month after month, year after year.

The Aquabox family filter was invented by John Griffith MBE, founder of Griffaid and the Safe Water Trust. Aquabox assembles the filters under licence with the Safe Water Trust.

Our Water Filters

<p>Designed to meet the needs of a typical family, the Aquabox family filter can process one litre per minute, and subject to a simple daily maintenance routine, it can produce up to half a million litres of clean drinking water over its working life. The family filter clamps to almost any convenient container such as a bucket or plastic crate, it requires no power source, and a simple hand pumping action delivers clean water directly into a glass or cup.</p>
Aquabox Family Filter

Designed to meet the needs of a typical family, the Aquabox family filter can process one litre per minute, and subject to a simple daily maintenance routine, it can produce up to half a million litres of clean drinking water over its working life. The family filter clamps to almost any convenient container such as a bucket or plastic crate, it requires no power source, and a simple hand pumping action delivers clean water directly into a glass or cup.

<p>Designed for use in schools, clinics, community centres, and anywhere where people gather in large numbers, the community filter delivers up to six litres of clean drinking water per minute, and more than a million litres over its working life. </p>
<p>Both the filters remove the suspended solids and biological contaminants, which are commonly found in river water, pond water, shallow well water or flood water – including the bacteria and viruses which cause serious illnesses like cholera, typhoid and polio. They do not remove dissolved substances such as salt or arsenic, which typically occur in deep wells.</p>
Aquabox Community Filter

Designed for use in schools, clinics, community centres, and anywhere where people gather in large numbers, the community filter delivers up to six litres of clean drinking water per minute, and more than a million litres over its working life.

Both the filters remove the suspended solids and biological contaminants, which are commonly found in river water, pond water, shallow well water or flood water – including the bacteria and viruses which cause serious illnesses like cholera, typhoid and polio. They do not remove dissolved substances such as salt or arsenic, which typically occur in deep wells.

<p>In some cases there is a pressing need to provide families with safe drinking water, but less of a necessity for the other humanitarian aid items which we include in our aid boxes. </p>
<p>To fulfil this aim we are now shipping our family filter in boxes of 12, known as Aqua12s.</p>
Aqua12s Box

In some cases there is a pressing need to provide families with safe drinking water, but less of a necessity for the other humanitarian aid items which we include in our aid boxes.

To fulfil this aim we are now shipping our family filter in boxes of 12, known as Aqua12s.

How you can help

Whether you’re able to give time or money, your support means we can get clean drinking water to even more of the people who need it. These are just some of the ways you can support Aquabox.

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