Pocket-Sized Water Treatment With Portapure

March 28, 2011

3:00 pm

After last winter’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, safe drinking water in the affected areas became a very scarce commodity.   As a Water Filtration Specialist with the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management, George Page knew there had to be a way to provide access to safe drinking water. He set out to create portable water filtration and purification point-of-use systems that would reduce water borne illnesses and cost less than $20.  And Portapure, Inc. was born.

Portapure’s products can be used anywhere in the world to make water from a river, stream, or lake safe to drink.  FilterCup is a pop-up filter cup that collects and filters up to 4 cups of water, and PocketPure is a complete water treatment system that fits in your pocket.  Both products remove 99.9% of sediment and bacteria, including Cholera, E. Coli, and Salmonella, and at less than $20, they are very affordable.

This past December, Portapure spent 5 days in Haiti handing out their products to the local population.  They are accepting donations of their product online; you can read more about it here.

PocketPure will be showcased at Tech Cocktail Chicago on March 31.   Stop by to say hi and learn more!

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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