“The prototype was sort of a Frankenstein solution,” admits Anish Mehta, director of process engineering at
Designing a water purification unit that fit the needs of diverse EKOCENTER communities was no walk in the park.
Fast-forward two years, to 2015, when EKOCENTER delivered more than 50 million liters of safe drinking water to people who need it most. With hard work and creativity, Mehta and his team went from a Frankenstein model to a robust, cost-effective system that changes lives.
Of course, they didn’t do it alone.
Partnerships have always been at the core of EKOCENTER’s model for sustainable social and economic development. The prototype was developed in house at
“EKOCENTER invited us to visit
EKOCENTER laid out its vision for social and economic growth, and Pentair, which has created sustainable systems for clean safe drinking water for millions in the developing world, jumped at the opportunity to get involved. Almost immediately, the teams’ engineering minds started to converge.
Still, the task of delivering clean water to remote communities affordably and reliably was a gargantuan challenge – and in many places, it continues to be one.
“There are huge disparities in terms of the quality and accessibility of the source water we are working with,” Mehta explains. “For example, sometimes we have a borehole, sometimes we don’t; sometimes we have power, sometimes we don’t.” EKOCENTER and Pentair had to design a system that was flexible enough to operate in difficult environments and disparate conditions. From the mouth of the Mekong Delta to the slopes of Kilamanjaro, the water purification units had to provide the highest quality output, in the most efficient way, for the lowest possible cost, every single time.
Together, the teams designed a system that combines a variety of Pentair’s water purification technologies including submicron prefilter, iron/manganese filtration, chlorine feed, carbon filtration and reverse osmosis technology. As a result, the water exceeds World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water quality standards. A system can provide up to 10,000 liters of safe drinking water every day.
At the recent launch of the flagship EKOCENTER site in Rwanda,
From modest, Frankenstein-like beginnings –