Studies show that the average Guatemalan family of 4 persons will use conservatively 10-15 gallons of water every 5-6 days for drinking and cooking purposes. In many regions of Guatemala are a large number of people without access to pure drinking water. This is caused by several factors, including – No access to fresh rainwater for long portions of the year; Their community water source is contaminated with by-products from landfills and/or trash dumping, biological waste from farming processes, and in many cases, the expulsion of raw sewage directly into the rivers.
Because of the general condition of the available water, families are forced to choose either to take chances with their health drinking uncertain water or pay extra for potable water. They can either purchase bottled water or spend additional resources on gas and/or firewood. Consumers can pay as much as Q250-Q300 every month to acquire water suitable for drinking and cooking. Pending their economic situation, this monthly health expense is a constraint too much to bare.
The solution is to provide an end-user option that does not sacrifice any more household budget. For a one-time investment in a simple hollow fiber membrane filter, your typical Guatemalan family can improve their health and household economy – whose factors are of paramount importance for the progress and development of any country. In most cases, the filter will pay for itself in saving the cost for bottled water and/or the firewood and gas expended to boil water within the first 5 months.
The graphic below shows just what the hollow fiber membrane technology will remove.
Results of the water test of the Río Guacalate – Sacatepéquez
While this report is in Spanish, the key element to note is the removal of the 1600 particulates per 100ml of contamination using the hollow fiber membrane .01 technology.
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