Updated on January 2, 2024


Created on September 27, 2018

VF 100 Village Bucket Filter

VF 100 Village Bucket Filter is a hollow fiber membrane filter that attaches to a bucket of water.

Tested By
  • Biological consulting services lab, University of South Florida
  • Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST)
Content Partners
  1. Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST)


Product Description

VF 100 Village Bucket Filter Kit has a 0.1-micron hollow membrane filter which removes bacteria, virus and protozoa. The filter kit assembly is simple and can be used with any plastic basket or plastic bottle.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, NGOs

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Village Water FIlters

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

The filter element is manufactured by NOK of Japan. All filters are assembled in Silverthorne, Colorado by the staff of volunteers of Village Water Filters.

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

Users can purchase the product directly from Business Connect.

Distributions to Date Status


Target use case

Community use

Manufacturer-specified flow rate (L/hr)

~45 (1 gallon per 5 mins)

Bacteria reduction


Type of membrane filtration


Virus reduction

0.6-2 log

Protozoa reduction

4 log

Heavy metals and/or arsenic reduction


Maximum recommended influent turbidity level (NTU)


Effluent turbidity levels (NTU)


Material of construction


Safe water storage capacity (L)

Depends on the size of the bucket used (Usually 20 L)

Manufacturer-specified lifetime volume (L)

500,000 L

Design Specifications

The 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria, protozoa and cysts. The product is designed to be simple with easy maintenance. It can be used with any plastic bucket or plastic bottle or even attached to a spigot with hose threads.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Instruction manuals for the filter assembly, filter backflushing, pre-filter cleaning and pre & post filter surveys are available online. For additional technical support, contact Village Water Filters.

Replacement Components



Life of the filter is dependent on the turbidity of water and degree of operation maintenance. Use of a prefilter will extend its life.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The manufacturer aims to design simple and easy-to-use filters. However, the filter is not designed to remove dissolved solids, including chemicals and heavy metals.

Vetted Performance Status

VF 100 VIllage Bucket Filter has been tested in laboratory and field.


Regular cleaning and operational maintenance is necessary for optimal functional and life span of the product.

Complementary Technical Systems

A plastic bucket or a plastic bottle, Village pre-filter

Academic Research and References

“Village Water Filters,” Village Water Filters Inc., 26-Feb-2018. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/

“VF100 Home Filter,” Business Connect, 21-Oct-2023. Available: https://businessconnectworld.com/product/vf100-home-filter/

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

“Bucket filter assembly instructions,” Villagewaterfilters.org. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VWF-VF100Bucket-Filter-Assembly-Instructions.pdf

Bucket Filter Backflush Instructions,” Villagewaterfilters.org. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VWF-VF100Bucket-Filter-Backflush-Instructions.pdf

R. F. F. line., “Prefilter Cleaning Instructions,” Villagewaterfilters.org. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VWF-VF200Prefilter-Cleaning-Instructions.pdf

“Instructions for the Pre and Post Filter Surveys,” Village Water Filters Inc., 27-Sep-2016. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/instructions-pre-post-filter-surveys/

“Contact,” Village Water Filters Inc., 29-Apr-2015.  Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/contact/

“Documents to Download,” Village Water Filters Inc., 29-Apr-2015. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/tests-downloads/

CAWST, “Village Bucket Filter,” Village Bucket Filter. Available: https://www.hwts.info/products-technologies/d023226c/village-bucket-filter/technical-information

of N. Florida, “Biological Consulting Services,” Villagewaterfilters.org. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BCS-First-Lab-Test.pdf

Villagewaterfilters.org. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/NOK-MWE-USF-TA1190-Final-Report-2002-Copy.pdf

Evaluation Matrix, “Evaluation methods:,” Villagewaterfilters.org. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2017-06-01_HIF-Emergency-Household-Water-Filter-Challenge_CAWST-Evaluation-Matrix-and-Report.pdf

Business Connect, “Technology behind the Village Bucket Filter,” 18-Aug-2017. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1ZGhBtpMIQ

“Special Training for NGOs,” Village Water Filters Inc., 29-Apr-2015. Available: https://villagewaterfilters.org/training-for-ngos/


Compliance with regulations

The filter removes bacteria and protozoa to meet the EPA water standards

Evaluation methods

The water filtered through the product is evaluated in a laboratory for biological contamination: enterovirus, protozoa (Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts) and bacteria (Raoultella terrigena and HPC). The product is also evaluated in HIF Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge on the basis of ease of use, performance in different scenarios and logistics.

Other Information

Videos on the product installation instructions, the technology in the product, and NGO training provided by Village Water Filters.

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