Updated on December 29, 2023


Created on August 2, 2016

Tapp™ Filter

The Tapp™ Filter is a self-cleaning hollow-fiber membrane filter to treat drinking water for personal use.

Developed By
  1. Tapp Global Design Inc
Tested By
  • Unnamed independent laboratory
Content Partners


Product Description

The Tapp™ Filter is produced by the Canadian company Tapp Global. It consists of a 0.2‐micron membrane filter cartridge, plastic tubing and a metal hook for hanging. A siphon effect is created using the filter’s built‐in pump mechanism, which also backwashes the membrane.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Run for Water

Manufacturing/Building Method

Manufactured in Canada with domestic and imported parts. Comprises of a 0.2-micron hollow-fiber filtration membrane from the medical industry. Constructed from food-grade, ultra durable, BPA free copolyester.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Users can obtain the filters by on-line purchase from the manufacturer or locally established distributors.

Distributions to Date Status


Target use case

Individual use

Manufacturer-specified flow rate (L/hr)

The flow rate is 700 mL/min which would equate to 42 Liters per hour if operated continuously.

Bacteria reduction

6 log

Type of membrane filtration


Virus reduction

1-2 log

Protozoa reduction

4 log

Heavy metals and/or arsenic reduction


Maximum recommended influent turbidity level (NTU)


Effluent turbidity levels (NTU)


Material of construction

The Tapp filter is comprised of a hollow-fibre filtration membrane. The casing is manufactured from food-grade, ultra-durable, BPA-free copolyester.

Safe water storage capacity (L)

The Tapp filter is designed to be used with a variety of treated water storage containers.

Manufacturer-specified lifetime volume (L)

Not specified

Design Specifications

Product Specifications: Weight: 108 g (3.8 oz); Dimensions: Ø4 cm x 15.2 cm (Ø1.6 in x 6 in); Pore size 0.2 microns; Flow rate up to 3 cups per minute (700 mL/min); Design life: 3 years.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

The manufacturer or a local distributor can provide technical support.

Replacement Components

According to the manufacturer, no replacement parts are needed.


3 years of regular usage and backwashing.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Performance Specifications Bacteria: over 99.9999% removal Protozoa: over 99.99% removal Viruses: typically 90-99%, but variable Particulates: removed Chemicals (e.g. salt): not removed

Vetted Performance Status

Manufacturer tested


No known safety risks

Complementary Technical Systems

Water storage container; safe water storage container; Camel Pak

Academic Research and References

“Run for Water – Clean Water. It’s a Movement. Run with it,” Runforwater.ca. Available: https://runforwater.ca/

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

Evaluation Matrix, “HIF emergency household water filter challenge:,” Elrha.org. Available: https://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-06-01_HIF-Emergency-Household-Water-Filter-Challenge_CAWST-Evaluation-Matrix-and-Report.pdf


Compliance with regulations

Depends on local market regulations.

Evaluation methods

In the HIF Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge, filters were tested for ease-of-use, effectiveness, lifespan, robustness, and affordability and evaluated in a matrix for different disaster scenarios.

Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. Emily says:

    Market suggested retail price: “tiered pricing options for schools, businesses, public toilets, and community centres” (http://cleanteamtoilets.com…. Fees for households are also tiered (see my comment on the performance & use tab)

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