This revolutionary machine purifies 1000 litres of water per hour

It’s called Safe Water Cube, it costs 5,500 euros and purifies every type of surface water without the need for electricity or maintenance.

About 750 million people worldwide still lack access to clean drinkable water. And 2.6 million people die every year from diseases resulting from unsafe drinking water. 76 percent of women and children living in developing countries spend 140 million hours collecting it in the nearest wells and fountains. This situation is estimated to get worse in the next few years due to climate change and the rapid population growth.

This machine makes every type of water drinkable

For this reason, six years ago Jean-Paul Augereau, a French inventor in his 50s, tried to find “a suitable solution for every condition, one that can also be used in remote villages”. After weeks, months and years of hard work in his home in Carquefou, in the suburbs of Nantes, he finally reached his goal.

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Some Safe Water Cube water purifiers have already been sent to some African nations and Haiti © SafwWaterCube

He then created the Safe Water Cube, a machine that makes every type of water drinkable, without using electricity. It is 1.2 metres tall, is automated and mobile, and can purify 1,000 litres of water per hour from different sources: rivers, seas, wells or ponds. In addition, it meets the criteria established by the World Health Organisation.

A ceramic cleaner that filters out bacteria and viruses

“The system – Augereau explains – makes every type of surface water drinkable, even if it’s muddy. It doesn’t require electricity, nor maintenance, it only needs to be cleaned with water and vinegar. To activate the machine you just need to pour or pump the liquid in the tank and then start the hand pump”. Then the fluid is mechanically filtered in five phases. In the last stage, water passes through a ceramic filter that removes every type of bacteria and viruses.

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Two glasses of water before and after being treated with Safe Water Cube © SafeWaterCube

“There are similar machines in the market, but none of them is so effective in producing clean drinking water”. This system was so appreciated by the Municipality of Nantes so it decided to buy 15 machines that have been sent to some of the worst-affected areas of Haiti by Hurricane Matthew. Augereau’s invention is also rather cheap: it just costs 5,500 euros. A few NGOs have already sent a dozen machines to Benin, Senegal, India and Sri Lanka. And another 300 purifiers will soon be sent to Côte d’Ivoire.

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