YakuPura Carbon Filter
YakuPura Carbon Filter is an activated carbon-based filter attachable to any domestic faucet, made in Ecuador.
YakuPura is an activated carbon-based filter that can adjust to any size water tap for immediate and safe consumption. The product was designed by Ecuadorians Carolina Placencia, Jocelyn Valencia and Daniel Mendoza in 2017 after observing that municipal tap water came with excess chlorine and possibly had other impurities that were causing skin rashes. The product was supported by the SYNESCYT Ecuador Superior education secretary Idea Bank contest.
This product is designed to improve the quality of municipal water, to increase the use of the national products (vs imported products), and to decrease plastic wastes produced by the need for plastic bottled water.
The Yakupura name comes from the ancient Ecuadorian languages of Kichwa, with “yaku” meaning ‘water’, mixed with the Spanish word “pura” meaning ‘pure’.
Ecuador and internationally
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Ecuadorians that seek to improve the quality of the water they consume as well as other users with this same need around the world.
The filters are 100% designed and manufactured in Ecuador from locally-sourced materials (except the activated carbon purifying agent, which is imported from United States). Production capacity is 5000 filters per month. Interview with representative.
Patent in process. Interview with representative.
This product will be officially lauched to the market as of August 2019. Interview with representative.
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?
YakuPura is a small oval-shaped filter. The exterior case is made from a food grade plastic (which does not release any toxins) and the interior has a space for a food grade plastic rubber which can attach to any tap with pressure, hermetically sealing the upper part of the filter to the tap. The tap is then opened and filtered water comes out at the bottom. The activated carbon inside, made from carbonized coconut peelings (submitted to high pressures and temperature which gives it the property of impurity adsorption) is what filters water from impurities such as chlorine. This material is capable of removing heavy metals detached from old water pipelines.
The tap should be left open at low to medium pressure for 5-10 seconds before using the water.
The filter weights 48 g and measures 55 mm x 52 mm.
There is no technical support provided.
There are no replacement components. Yukupura filters are returnable after 3-6 months of use.
Filters have a 3-6 months expected lifetime. After this time filters are returnable to Yakupura to make new filters. Users are asked to register their filter to get notifications.
YakuPura filters were made to improve the quality of municipal tap water. This involves improving taste, smell, increasing water pH, filtering out excess chlorine and impurities, and potentially removing heavy metals detached from old water pipelines. The product was also designed to help reduce plastic residue waste by replacing the use of 500 half-liter plastic bottles with each YakuPura filter. Designer specified performance targets include: simple, rapid and economical.
Filters are made from food grade plastic and rubber which do not give off toxins and activated carbon from vegetal origin. No known safety hazards are related to the use of this product with tap water. This filter should not be used for purifying residual, industrial or black waters. (See Spanish product’s data sheet here.)
The YakuPura filter is in compliance with Equatorial national normativity INEN 1108- 2014 on consumption of potable water. Interview with representative.
Tap water before and after passing through the YakuPura filter was tested for residual chlorine, color, conductivity, smell, taste, turbidity, pH, lead, trihalomethanes and organochlorine compounds (plaguicide residues) by a third-party laboratory.
YakuPura has won various awards:
It was one of the winners of the SYNESCYT Ecuador Superior education secretary Idea Bank contest. This provided seed capital to develop the Yakura venture idea.
It was one of the 10 entrepreneurships selected to participate in the H2O Challenge in 2018 in the water sector. This help this product become know at the regional level and furher develop.
And was selected as one of the 10 runner ups to the DHL world Export challenge 2019, in the “I want to export” category.
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YakuPura video (Spanish)
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