Greif PackH2o Water Backpack
David Fischer, CEO of Greif
Greif packH2o Water Backpack – A 5 gallon water backpack designed to assist in transporting water from source to community.
Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation
NGOs, non profits and professional organizations working in disaster relief and in development. Usually these organizations are the ones that purchase the PackH2o and distribute to the end-user. The end user usually being disaster relief population, kids in need of clean water and women in countries or regions where families must travel long distances (greater than a mile) by foot to retrieve water for their families.
According to packh2o, 210,000 packs have been distributed as of 12/13/16 in over 35 countries.
Greif’s NGO partners provide in-country training and education on how to use the packH2o.
Greif conducted its own testing through field surveys, and Greif claims that The Ohio State University, Battelle, and Mt. Kenya University also conducted testing on the packH2o.
Collected water may sometimes contain contaminants, and harmful bacteria. The pack does not treat any harmful substances that may be present in the water, although the liner can be disinfected once the water is removed from the pack.
Also, the backpack has a 5 gallon capacity, which results in 18.9 kgs. Carrying an 18.9 kg backpack could potentially be harmful. The backpack should be used as specified by the manufacturer.
Disinfection tablets, filters, or any other means of water purification may be used to ensure safe, potable water.
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Research from The Ohio State University, Battelle Labs, and Mt. Kenya University shows that the water backpack is most effective when distributed and paired with education and socialization programs.
Greif conducted field surveys, and used the information to provide multiple iterations of the design to create the current product.
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