Tulip Table Top Filter
Basic Water Needs
The Tulip Table Top Water filter is a two bucket system. Dirty water is poured into the upper container, 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.
Other household-sized ceramic water filters including Ceramaji, Arcifiltro, and Silver filter, among others.
SDG #6: Clean water and sanitation
Households and schools.
Ceramic candle filters are manufactured in China using diatomaceous earth, nano silver, and activated carbon. Production locations include China, India, and Kenya.
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.
Including filter models in addition to the Table Top model, roughly 500,000 Tulip units have been distributedcorrespondence with manufacturer
How often/when should maintenance be performed?
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.
List of quality assurance tests performed by various organizations around the world are listed here
Nominated for 2014 Best Existing Partnership Award
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