WaterHealth can currently reduce chemical contaminants to a limited degree through the use of activated carbon filters that are integrated into our systems. However, as part of our commitment to providing innovative solutions, we are researching the viability and sustainability of several approaches for the removal of arsenic and fluoride from water supplies.
UV Waterworks has been validated at independent laboratories in a number of countries. It was one of the first such devices to receive certification from the State of California as a Class A device, capable of disinfecting water that was not previously pre-treated through another disinfection step. It also has been validated by laboratories in India, Mexico, the Philippines, and South Africa.
In addition to scheduled preventive and repair maintenance, WaterHealth manages all quality audit functions. Water samples from every production lot are taken and stored for analysis, and water-quality tests are conducted at each WaterHealth Center to ensure that our water meets or exceeds required standards for potable water.
WaterHealth retains control of maintenance and operations to ensure quality. Local workers are hired from the communities we serve, and are trained to carry out routine maintenance and operations.
Our community water system installations are called WaterHealth Centers. A WaterHealth Center houses the community’s water-treatment plant, and is also designed to serve as a social gathering place for people in the village. Residents of the village collect water from the Center; in some communities, local entrepreneurs earn a living by delivering water to some homes for additional fees.
Because WHI's systems are based on modular design, they can be scaled to fit different needs. However, the company is currently deploying two versions of its community systems. The standard WaterHealth Center has a footprint of approximately 20 ft. x 30 ft. (some 55 square meters), plus a landscaped area for social use. This standard system is designed ideally to provide 20 litres of potable water per person, per day, for a community of 10,000 people. However, it can serve a much larger population in cases where secondary sources of water can be used for purposes where potable water is not a health concern.
WaterHealth’s business focus is on decentralized systems that often prove more efficient and more sustainable than large municipal systems among rural communities. Thus, the company generally installs multiple systems to serve communities of more than 10,000. This results in facilities that are relatively closer to the homes of users.
WaterHealth plans to develop its business on a worldwide basis. Our choices for near-term market entry will be influenced by the areas of greatest need, where our business approach and market conditions will allow rapid deployment of our systems to make a meaningful impact on waterborne diseases on a sustainable basis. Beyond our current initiatives in India, Bangladesh, and West Africa, we are evaluating needs and opportunities in other parts of the world, including the U.S., Latin America, and several Asian countries.
WaterHealth’s breakthrough technology and our innovative purchase-financing model bring the costs of producing high-quality, potable water within reach of households earning just two dollars per day.
The funds are provided by the community through its own resources, government leadership, or through private sponsors. To facilitate the purchase, WaterHealth provides an innovative financing program in most cases that meets qualification criteria, such as the size of the community, potential user interest, and willingness to pay. In such cases, the village leadership or other sponsors provide a down payment for the facility. A significant portion of the cost is then financed. The collection of user fees allows the repayment of financing costs over time, after which the facilities become income-generating assets for the community.
WaterHealth believes that the world’s underserved people deserve products and services that are better than “good enough.” The economically poor have the right to the same quality of water as more affluent communities. Through our innovations, we are able to offer world-class quality at costs previously thought to be unachievable.
While our market focus is on the world’s underserved, our technology and intellectual property are applicable to a broad range of customers such as emergency relief organizations, and those using portable systems. WaterHealth is currently commercializing a household system that will be applicable to homeowners or apartment dwellers in both developing and more affluent markets.