Aquatabs Flo is an automatic chlorine water dispenser unit used for disinfection.
Aquatabs Flo is an automatic water disinfection system that is developed and manufactured by Medentech. It works with the flow of the water, which is automatically operated and therefore does not need any power for operation. Aquatabs Flo is a commercially available product that is manufactured in Ireland. The system purifies 180,000 L of water by killing microorganisms, eliminating viruses and bacteria, preventing Legionella, and controlling biofilm.
The online market suggested retail price for a unit of this product is around 296 USD (R 1,594.78). Converted on July 2020
Interested buyers must contact the manufacturer, distributors, or a few online marketers for an exact quote.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Target users include communities, schools, medical centers, and households while the target buyers include humanitarian organizations and governments.
Aquatab FLO is mass-produced in Ireland.
Aquatab Flo is a registered product of Medentech Ireland.
The user is likely to receive Aquatab Flo as a donation, or purchase it from local distributors or online in different e-markets such as Butyl Products Ltd Group, Business connect world, and Sustainable.co.za. Aquatab Flo can also be purchased individually or in bulk from Medentech, its distributors, and retailers.
Active chemical and concentration (%) of the product (not the concentration of the treated water)
Form of the chemical disinfection
Does the water flow through a treatment system or does it remain in a container?
Is the dose of the chemical administered automatically or manually?
Manufacturer-specified dosing quantity
Manufacturer-specified time until water is potable, measured in minutes
Remaining level of chemical concentration after manufacturer-specified contact time
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
How long can the treated water remain protected and safe to drink?
Manufacturer-specified maximum level of inlet turbidity (NTU)
Aquatabs Flo is an automatic chemical disinfection unit mainly used in a community setting. It can be integrated into the reservoir at the point of entry and release a precise dose of chlorine automatically. The water flows past the cartridge of solid chlorine tablets which are slowly eroded by the flow of water, thus disinfecting the water. The chlorine disinfectant tablets inside the cartridge integrate into gravity-fed water treatment systems hence operating without the need of power. Residual chlorine keeps the water safe as it is stored and used. Furthermore, it purifies 180 m³ liters of water per cartridge.
The design specifications include:
- Weight 0.11 kg
- Dimensions 10 × 30 × 4 cm
Provided by the manufacturer.
The cartridge containing sodium tablets.
Designer specified performance targets include automation, no power use, durable, portable, and low-cost. It also aims to prevent treated water from getting contaminated by organisms such as Legionella and potentially fatal bacteria; VTEC – (Verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli).
Aquatab Flo’s website states that efficacy and acceptability studies have been conducted in several countries throughout the world. Moreover, the website also reports the product to be NSF Approved for 10 mg/L.
Aquatabs Flo have been independently tested in field trials worldwide using a range of water types (pH, turbidity, hardness, pathogenic challenge) and have been found to reduce total and faecal coliform levels to zero or low risk.
Some countries where testing has been conducted and corresponding testing organizations include:
- Bangladesh (AIT)
- Brazil (Ministry of Marine / ABES)
- Dominican Republic (Dominican Institute of Industrial Technology)
- El Salvador (Central American University)
- France (Ministry of Defense)
- Honduras (Ministry of Water)
- India (Bayer)
- Kenya (Ministry of Water)
- South Africa (Ngangane Lab)
- Spain (Pharmaceutical College)
- Swaziland (Ministry of Water)
- Tanzania (Ministry of Water)
- Vietnam (Institute of Military Medicine)
- Zimbabwe (Public Health Lab)
Aquatab Flo is recommended to be used with clear water. Other than that no known safety hazards are related to this product.
Pickering, A.J et al., 2019, Effect of in-line drinking water chlorination at the point of collection on child diarrhea in urban Bangladesh: a double-blind, cluster-randomized controlled trial, The Lancet Global Health, 7(9), pp.e1247-e1256.
Humphrey, J.H, 2019, Reducing the user burden in WASH interventions for low-income countries, The Lancet Global Health, 7(9), pp.e1158-e1159.
Rajasingham, A et al., 2019, Evaluation of an emergency bulk chlorination project targeting drinking water vendors in cholera-affected wards of Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, Tanzania, The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 100(6), pp.1335-1341.
The product complies with all the certification Standards listed below:
- ISO 9001:201
- ISO 13485: 2016
- ISO 14001: 2015
- OHSAS 18001:2007
The product is evaluated for pH, turbidity, hardness, pathogenic challenge by several consumers worldwide, and has proven to reduce total and fecal coliform levels (and other micro-organisms) to zero or low risk.
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