The BlueBox 1200 RO/RORS is a mobile water purification plant produced by MuchMoreWater. The BlueBox can be deployed in 7 minutes, has a daily capacity of 28,800 L, and can be deployed in freshwater sources up to 2500 PPM salinity.
The purification process does not use any chemicals. The plant uses purifying filters, reverse osmosis membranes and UV-light to remove >99% of organic content and chlorine, and 98.9% of salts and minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, and fluoride.
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
As of 2020, the product is distributed by 18 MuchMoreWater partners in more than 20 countries. MuchMoreWater has distributed units to international relief organisations, NGOs and militaries. The manufacturer works closely with the WHO and UNICEF.
This product is manufactured by MuchMoreWater and is based in Denmark.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The product can be obtained from any of the 18 MuchMoreWater partners in more than 20 countries.
Distributions to Date Status
Description of the combined methods
Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Activated Carbon, Reverse Osmosis, UV
Manufacturer-specified water treatment rate (L/hr)
6 log (E-Coli)
6 log (Chryptosporidium)
Heavy metals and/or arsenic reduction
Yes, reduction rate is unknown for heavy metal and arsenic.
Maximum recommended influent turbidity level (NTU)
Effluent turbidity levels (NTU)
Safe water storage capacity (L)
Manufacturer-specified lifetime volume (L)
Filters, Optional post-chlorination solutions
Source water (borehole, lake, river, etc) is pumped through the system. Water passes through pre-filtration consisting of 100 micron, 25 micron, and 5 micron filters with activated carbon. Water then passes through 8 serial connected reverse osmosis filters in non-corrosive stainless steel housing. This removes most organic compounds, bacteria, viruses, and heavy metals. The reverse osmosis membranes are self-cleansing and unwanted particles are carried to an inner core before being discharged from the system. Finally, water passes through a UV-steriliser to destroy the DNA and RNA in bacteria and viruses before being discharged via the clean water outlet. The whole process removes >99% of organic content and chlorine, and 98.9% of salts and minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, and fluoride.
The BlueBox is designed to be easy to operate and requires very little maintenance. Additionally, MuchMoreWater offers a half day or full day technical training of the product.
Replacement components include: Pre-filters, O-rings, UV lamps, UV glass, Reverse Osmosis membrane, and FDA approved hoses.
There is no defined life-cycle for the product. The pre-filters are recommended to be replaced every 6 months.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The manufacturer specifies >99% of organic content and chlorine, 98.9% removal of salts and minerals, and water production of 28,800 L/day.
Vetted Performance Status
Testing performed by the manufacturer determined that the whole process removes >99% of organic content and chlorine, and 98.9% of salts and minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, and fluoride, although third-party testing to confirm these results are unknown.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
Complementary Technical Systems
This product can be paired with post-chlorination methods and can be powered by solar energy. Additionally, the product allows for modularity in which multiple systems can be linked together to increase production. The product can be built into local water distribution systems.
Academic Research and References
Yang, Z., et al., 2019, A review on reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes for water purification, Polymers, 11, pp. 1252.
Talaeipour, M., et al., 2017, An investigation of desalination by nanofiltration, reverse osmosis and integrated (hybrid NF/RO) membranes employed in brackish water treatment, Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering, 15(18).
Compliance with regulations
The product purifies water to comply with WHO standards for water quality. Hoses are approved by the FDA.
The product is evaluated based on water purification (bacteria, virus, protozoa, and heavy metal reductions) and treatment rate.
The BlueBox 1200 RO/RORS has been deployed in major catastrophes over the last 15 years, including countries: Chad, Denmark, Vietnam, Nigeria, Norway, Brazil, Sweden, Indonesia, Haiti, Argentina, Iraq, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and Sierra Leone.