Updated on December 27, 2023

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Created on September 27, 2018

Aqusafe Filters

Aqusafe filters are handheld membrane filters that attach to faucets or gravity-fed bucket attachments.

Developed By
  1. Aqus
Tested By
  • Florida International University
  • SANAS Testing Laboratory Uganda
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

Aqusafe filters are small membrane filters that have 2 types of adapter systems: (1) Faucet adapter used to filter running water from tap and (2) Bucket adapter for places that do not have running water.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price

$40.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Organizations and investors include ENVenture, UNIOM, Palau Ministry of Education, and Right Now; along with the government of Ghana, Panama, Uganda and the Vatican.

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

Unknown

Intellectural Property Type

Trademark

User Provision Model

Users can buy the product online or become a partner with Aqus.

Distributions to Date Status

Unknown

Target use case

Indivudual, household or community use

Manufacturer-specified flow rate (L/hr)

60 L

Bacteria reduction

4 log

Type of membrane filtration

Ultrafiltration

Virus reduction

Unknown

Protozoa reduction

Removes protozoa (such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora)

Heavy metals and/or arsenic reduction

The Aqusafe filters do not remove heavy metals or chemicals

Maximum recommended influent turbidity level (NTU)

Filters have been tested under low turbidity (0.44 NTU)

Effluent turbidity levels (NTU)

Unknown

Material of construction

Plastic

Safe water storage capacity (L)

None

Manufacturer-specified lifetime volume (L)

Unknown

Design Specifications

The Aqus filters comprise one filter, one adapter and one filter cleaning syringe. The Aqus filter can treat down to 0.01 micron size with bacteria removal up to log scale 6. The design and installation do not require electricity and the product has no moving parts.  The following video demonstrates the functionality. The filter weighs 46.4 g. The different parts included in the bucket kit and faucet kit are available in the tech specifications.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

The installation manuals of bucket filter adapter and faucet filter adapter are available. For technical assistance contact the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

Filter replacements are available from the manufacturer.

Lifecycle

3 years. The product comes with a lifetime warranty for manufacturing defects.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

This product was developed to simplify the water treatment process in the household setting.

Vetted Performance Status

Water from the Aqusafe filter was tested for filtration efficacy by Biological Consulting Services and found to remove microspheres and bacteria. The filter was also analyzed by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards and passed their seven water quality parameters.

Safety

It is recommended to soak the filter occasionally in a water bleach solution to prevent potential bacterial growth.

Complementary Technical Systems

Safe water storage container.

Academic Research and References

“Aqus water,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com

“Goal 6,” Sdgs.un.org. Available: https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal6

“Aqus water,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/partner.html

K. Kassel, K. Dear, and G. Lukasik, “Biological Consulting Services,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/files/aqusafe_filter_report.pdf

“Aqus water,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/howitworks.html

Operating Features, “Aqusafe Water Filter,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/files/aqusafe_specs.pdf

Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/files/aqusafebucketinstructions-new.pdf

Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/files/aqusafefaucetinstructions-new.pdf

“Aqus water,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/index.html#aq-standards-section

K. Kassel, K. Dear, and G. Lukasik, “Biological Consulting Services,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/files/aqusafe_filter_report.pdf.

“UNBS_analysis.jpg (711×1043),” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/files/UNBS_analysis.jpg

“Aqus water,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com/products.html

“Aqus water,” Aquswater.com. Available: http://www.aquswater.com

 

Compliance with regulations

The products follow US-EPA and UNBS drinking water standards. They are also certified by ISO, ANSI, and CDC.

Evaluation methods

The water treated by the product has been evaluated for biological contamination by US and Ghana accredited laboratories. The filters went through a filtration efficacy study.

Other Information

Aqusafe videos, Facebook page, Twitter page, and News features    

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