Tulip Table Top Filter
Basic Water Needs
Tulip Table Top is ceramic water filter for households, schools, and small offices.
The Tulip Table Top Water filter is a two bucket system. Dirty water is poured into the upper container and filters through the ceramic candle filter into the bottom bucket where water is stored safely until it is retrieved from a tap in the lower bucket.
Basic Water Needs works with local partners in Ethiopia, Zambia, Ecuador and Guatemala. NGOs, commercial networks, national, regional and community entrepreneurs.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Households and schools.
Ceramic candle filters are manufactured in China using diatomaceous earth, nano silver, and activated carbon. Production location is India. Many international agents import the candles and assemble them locally.
The filter can be ordered from the Basic Water Needs (BWN) website or local agents in various countries worldwide. Basic Water Needs partners with local entrepreneurs, NGOs and other organizations to establish local distribution networks. Individuals can contact them if they wish to purchase locally. The product is also available online.
Including filter models in addition to the Table Top model, roughly 500,000 Tulip units have been distributed.Correspondence with manufacturer
Description of the type of ceramic filter (pot, candle, or disk)
What primary material is used (ceramic, mud, clay etc.)?
Additional materials added to improve disinfection
Manufacturer-specified flow rate (L/hr)
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
Manufacturer-specified maximum level of inlet turbidity (NTU)
Range or value of outlet turbidity levels (NTU)
How often/when should maintenance be performed?
What is the total number of liters that is recommended can be filtered?
Is there safe water storage integrated into this product?
The Tulip Table Top is a two bucket system. Water is poured into the top container, filters through the ceramic candle filter into a safe storage container. There is a tap for dispensing treated water.
The manual provides detailed product schematics.
Filters are cleaned by scrubbing the ceramic filtering element with a cloth to remove accumulated particles. For more information, see the user manual.
BWN ensures there are sufficient spare parts available. They can be found through local supplier or through contacting the manufacturer.
~7,000 liters per candle filter, or until filter diameter less than indicated by tool.
Capable of removing 99.995% bacteria, >99.995% protozoa, and 99% turbidity. Flow rate is 2-3 Liters per hour.
The Tulip Technology has been tested both internally and externally by several agencies. Amongst those are the Waterlaboratorium Noord, Environmental Monitoring Service and the Malawian Ministry of Water. Additional test results can be found here.
Organizations include: Basic Water Needs, Waterlaboratorium Noord, Environmental Monitoring Service, Malawian Ministry of Water, and numerous others listed.
Clean the filter when the flow rate reduces.
Water supply source
The water surpasses WHO standards and is in Tier 3 of WHO criteria for HWTS products
Quality assurance tests include laboratory analysis to determine microbial removal and contamination. Test results available here.
Nominated for 2014 Best Existing Partnership Award
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