Moringa Tree Brings Clean Water to Developing Nations

The water treatment process in America and other developed nations uses chemicals like chlorine to rid water of bacteria and other pathogens. The end result is often similar to what you would taste if you accidentally swallowed the water in your neighbor’s swimming pool (unless you choose to purchase a home water filtration system that reduces chlorine taste and odor).  Sadly, developing countries are not so fortunate…

However, a new project funded by the $10,000 Environmental Protection Agency P3 grant (P3 = people, prosperity and planet) has been undertaken by three Penn State engineers to bring clean water to the developing world. The project is a water treatment process involving the moringa seed, which is known for its ability to purify water and food.

Here’s how it works: Moringa seeds contain cationic (positively-charged) proteins. Each protein contains a peptide sequence that acts as a molecular knife, cutting into the cell walls of bacteria and killing them. Because the protein is positively charged, it clings to and wraps up sediment, which is negatively charged, causing it to settle out of water very quickly. Moringa has been used for thousands of years to clarify water. In fact, the idea of using plants for water purification, in general, is not new. You may recall our post on a water filter that uses oregano to kill pathogens.

There are several advantages to purifying water with the moringa seed. The technology is locally acceptable, sustainable and easily accessed by those in developing countries; it may be grown right within a village, lessening the need for the transport of chemicals. The moringa seed grows naturally in harsh environments. Not only does it bring food and water purification; the oil inside the seeds can also be sold for a profit. In addition, the leaves of the moringa tree are highly nutritious, containing loads of vitamins, minerals and proteins, and can be fed to malnourished children.

But the project is not without its challenges. The research team still has a lot of work to do in terms of perfecting the purification process. Other proteins and organic matter in the seeds add biological oxygen to the water that bacteria use as food, allowing any bacteria in the water to grow. As a result, the water does not stay clean for very long and can only be stored for about a day. To counter this problem, the team suggests adding crushed moringa seeds to the water so the proteins can get in, then adding sand to which the active protein will anchor while the inactive proteins and organic matter are rinsed away. Data shows that the active sand that remains can kill pathogens; it is this active sand that will be the essence of the water purifier.

Convincing the people in developing nations that their water supply is unsafe and in need of purification is another challenge the team will face. Surprisingly, even though they may get sick, they often don’t attribute the cause to a dirty water supply.

Bottled Watergate — Politicians Deny Connection to Bottled Water

You know bottled water has a bad rap when politicians want nothing to do with it.

Such was the case recently in Russia, where politicians denied a connection with bottled water, according to an article in the Moscow News. Apparently bottled water bearing the logo of the United Russia brand name — the Russian Federation’s ruling political party — was being sold online. No big deal, right?

Well, it wasn’t until a correspondent from one of Russia’s newspapers confirmed that the bottled water was being made near Moscow, under a signed agreement by the ruling party. United Russia has been met with much criticism regarding its new Clean Water program. This Clean Water program’s intentions sound admirable — to provide clean water to public institutions (i.e. schools and hospitals) in a country that is notorious for having very poor quality tap water.

Critics of the Clean Water program, however, say that many companies will benefit from the public’s money through the program. An article in the Moscow Times notes that inventor Viktor Petrik and United Russia head Boris Gryzlov hold a patent for cleaning radioactive waste. More suspicion regarding  the program arose when water filters made by Petrik’s company “Golden Formula” were chosen for one of the program’s pilot projects.

Despite this criticism, Gryslov maintains that the patent he and Petrik share is not related to the program, and that the water filters were chosen by experts in the field.

Likewise, officials said there was no agreement between the water bottler and the party. Petrik’s “Golden Formula” website also mentioned the United Russia party, but in recent weeks any mention of the United Russia party has been taken down from both the bottled water site as well as the Golden Formula website.

Vodovoz says that the party name must have been on the website by accident and it was just a coincidence, the company’s employee told the newspaper. “The employees’ task is to sell the product, maybe, that is why they told you about the agreement with the party,” he said. The company has not made any official comment.

Earlier the Golden Formula filters to be used in the Clear Water programme also mentioned United Russia on their website. However, after a media storm, all mention of the ruling party disappeared within hours.

Clean Water in Russia? Time will tell.

Make It Through The Next Aquapocalypse With An Advanced Katadyn Emergency Water Filter System

On May 1st a major water main supplying water to parts of the Boston area broke, leaving some 2 million people there without safe and clean water for drinking, cooking, washing, and so forth.

On the exact same day a major series of devastating 1,000-year floods swept through parts of Tennessee, which left many residents there in a comparably precarious water-scarce situation as those in the Boston area.  People in both places were forced to rely on bottled water and/or boiled water just to avoid various water-borne diseases and illnesses.

Here at Filters Fast we have a solution to these recent water woes and also for those to come in the future – we recommend that you purchase the Katadyn Ceradyn emergency water filter system explained in depth below in order to provide purified and uncontaminated water for yourself as well as your family, friends, and/or neighbors whenever the next water emergency occurs in your area.

The Katadyn Ceradyn Drip Water Filter System pictured above is a high performance emergency water filter system that can provide about 1 gallon per hour of safe filtered water which will allow you and your family to make it through the next ‘Aquapocalypse‘ or other similar water emergency.

The Katadyn Ceradyn Drip Water Filter System is a free standing gravity water filter with utilizes three very advanced Katadyn ceramic depth filters for maximum, high-level water filtration.  The three Katadyn ceramic depth filter cartridges remove numerous contaminants and impurities from tainted water, including:

  • bacteria
  • parasites
  • cysts
  • algae
  • protozoa
  • sediment
  • dirt
  • rust
  • mold spores
  • certain viruses
  • …and other disease causing agents down to the very fine 0.2 micron level.

The Ceradyn gravity drip filter system reduces or removes dirt, bacteria, pathogens, micro-organisms, some viruses, and parasites such as cryptosporidium and giardia that cause diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, and other potentially life-threatening illnesses.

The Ceradyn has a 2.6 gallon (10 liter) capacity for the filtration of larger quantities of water and is especially useful for groups of people: as the safe filtered water is used it can be filled again and again with unsafe water at the top of the unit which is then thoroughly filtered as it trickles down in to the base, thus allowing for a continuous flow of uncontaminated filtered water.

There is no need for pumping or connection to a tap with this Katadyn Ceradyn drip water filter because it uses gravitational filter action. It is ideal not just for water supply emergencies but also for camping, hunting, fishing, boats, cabins, cottages, campers, and so on.  Using this Katadyn water filter you can also filter unsafe water from streams, brooks, rivers, ponds, springs, and lakes for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, and so on.  The Katadyn ceramic filters provide filtered, fresh, and natural tasting water without the use of harsh chemicals.

The three top-notch Katadyn ceramic depth filters included with this Katadyn gravity drip water purifier have an extremely long-lasting filter life of approximately 13,000 gallons before they need to be replaced, and they can also be cleaned approximately 100 times before replacement.  A measuring gauge is supplied with this Katadyn water filter in order to easily remind you when it is time to change the three filter cartridges.

Since this Katadyn  gravity drip filter system has no moving parts, basic use and maintenance of this emergency water filter unit is simple.  The following is a list of the technical specifications of the Katadyn Ceradyn Gravity Drip Filter System:

  • Color: White
  • Dimensions: 18″H x 11″W
  • Micron Rating: 0.2 Micron
  • Filter Body: BPA-Free Plastic
  • Output: About 1 Gallon Per Hour
  • Weight: 7.25 Pounds (unfilled)
  • Unit Life: Approximately 40,000 Gallons
  • Filter Life: Approximately 13,000 Gallons
  • Filter Media: Katadyn Ceramic Depth Filters (3)

Katadyn emergency water filters are used by the U.S. military, various international militaries, and by relief agencies like the Red Cross which utilize Katadyn water filters in emergency situations when clean potable water is scarce or unavailable.

* NOTE – a slightly less expensive emergency water filter option is also available to purchase with the Katadyn Gravidyn Drip Water Filter System.