Aqua-Cura Solar is a water purification system housed in a trailer and designed to be deployed in emergency situations.
Aqua-Cura is a trailer-mounted mobile water sterilization unit that is standalone, self-contained, and lockable. The unit is designed to be simple to operate and rapidly deployed, to provide drinking water to up to 1,000 people per day.
Aqua-Cura is currently involved in water purification projects in India, Western Africa, and Congo.
Prices range from R230,000 to R360,000 (17,000 – 28,000 USD).Correspondence with manufacturer
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Aqua-Cura is targeted towards municipalities, NGOs, disaster risk management, entrepreneurship and enterprise development initiatives
Manufactured by Aqua-Cura
Aqua-Cura sells and implements the system to the customer
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List of the methods used for purification
Manufacturer-specified water treatment rate, measured in liters per hour
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of bacteria
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of viruses
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of protozoa
Reduction levels of heavy metals and/or arsenic through this treatment system
Manufacturer-specified maximum level of inlet turbidity (NTU)
Range or value of outlet turbidity levels (NTU)
Is there safe water storage integrated into this product?
What is the total number of liters that is recommended can be filtered?
List consumables of this product (power, filters, etc.)
Contaminated water is pumped into the system where it undergoes bacterial sterilization, metal filtration, and turbidity reduction. Powered by solar panels on the roof of the system, the Aqua-Cura produces roughly 500 L of drinking water per hour.
The system is housed in a cargo trailer with dimensions 3.5 x 2.1 x 2.1 meters, designed to be towed by a vehicle.
The filter contents need to be replaced once a year at a cost that is roughly 1,000 USD in total. The lamps in the sterilizers need to be replaced every 2 years at an estimated cost of 400 USD.Interview with manufacturer
With proper maintenance and replacement of critical components, this unit should last in excess of 5 years.Interview with manufacturer
The filter lifespan is three years, the sterilizer lamp lifespan is 12,000 operating hours, and the electronic unit lifespan is 20,000.
The system provides 500 L of clean drinking water per hour of operation.
The system constantly monitors the two sterilizers. Should one become unserviceable, the system will keep flashing a warning on the control unit screen. Should both sterilizers stop working, the system immediately shuts down. Additionally, the pressure is electronically monitored and will give a warning when filters need to be cleaned. If no attention is given to this, the system shuts off and will only restart once the filters have been cleaned. All solenoids are monitored and the system will not start up if any solenoid is not powered up properly. Battery voltages are also monitored and the system will shut down before battery levels reach a critical low point which will cause damage to the batteries. All management data such as flow rate, total liters, battery voltage, solar panel voltage and power consumption per sterilizer can be obtained by a text message request. All data are then automatically sent back via text message.Interview with manufacturer
Additional options are available for removing toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury.
The unit only operates effectively with neutral pH water, Aqua-Cura offers equipment attachments to change pH levels if the influent water does not meet this standard.
Custom power sources can be incorporated such as diesel or petrol generator sets.
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