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About this project

The Water Crisis

Finding clean drinking water is a daily struggle for many people. Without infrastructure to treat and distribute water to communities and families, millions of people in developing nations drink contaminated water and suffer from waterborne illnesses.

Haiti

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The 2010 earthquake left half a million Haitians homeless, and the resulting cholera outbreak has claimed the lives of thousands. Haiti has still not recovered. 

aqUV purifiers kill bacteria, viruses, and other organisms in drinking water with ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV lights also sanitize the container to prevent cross-contamination. Generating UV light requires energy. Many people in underdeveloped/developing nations don't have reliable grid power and cannot afford replacement batteries. aqUV purifiers can be powered entirely by solar energy allowing anyone to treat their drinking water.

Here's how it works:

It's that simple!

Applications

aqUV technology was developed for people in greatest need, but there are many applications for aqUV purifiers:

Making a Difference: "Dlo se lavi"

"Dlo se lavi" is Haitian Creole for "water is life". aqUV will donate one purifier for every three sent to backers. Backers can also choose to donate a purifier or a "Family Pack" of purifiers. Donated purifiers will be sent to our partner organizations in Haiti.

Our Partners

Locations of our partner organizations in Haiti
Locations of our partner organizations in Haiti

Sustainable Action International provides basic needs and supports economic development for Haiti. They currently provide schooling for over 100 children, and operate a small farm in La Victoire, a village of about 20,000 in Northern Haiti.

Free the Kids funds Pwoje Espwa Sud (PES), or Project Hope, a home and refuge for orphaned and vulnerable children of southern Haiti. PES currently is home to around 450 children aged 9 months to 20 years and supports hundreds more non-residents with food, clothing, and education.

Alpha Omega Medical Ministries (ALOM) provides medical services and programs to improve the health, living conditions, and well-being of people in Haiti. They run a clinic just outside of Port-au-Prince, and also run a mobile clinic to reach those that would otherwise be without healthcare. ALOM has helped over 200,000 people in the last 10 years, and they are in the process of building a larger clinic to serve even more.

Rewards

All aqUV purifiers ship with a wireless charge pad and cables for home or work use. aqUV Explore ships with a USB or AC rechargeable base for up to 35 liters of portable water purification. aqUV Wander ships with a USB, AC, or solar rechargeable base for up to 75 liters of portable water purification. All aqUV purifiers are compatible with each power base allowing a single base to power multiple purifiers.

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Project Timeline

 

About Us

aqUV was founded by three engineers who believe that simple and innovative solutions can truly change the world. Conceiving the idea as a class project, the founders of aqUV sought to tackle a major engineering problem facing the world today: the lack of clean drinking water. The aqUV team combines extensive research and technical experience with diverse backgrounds to develop ideas into real solutions.

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Risks and challenges

We've spent the past year and a half developing and testing our prototypes. We're finally ready to take the leap from prototype to manufacturing!

The process of creating a new product is very fluid; its impossible to account for every scenario or setback. However, we've run several projections and extensively planned each step of development and production to estimate the delivery date. We're confident we can meet these dates!

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    ADVOCATE - Sticker pack
    Three custom designed stickers and our heartfelt thank you! Portions of "dlo se lavi" sticker proceeds support water solutions for Haitian partners.

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    ARTISAN - Dlo se lavi shirt
    Custom designed t-shirt inspired by "dlo se lavi". Printed on ultra-comfy jersey knit material. Portions of "dlo se lavi" shirt proceeds support water solutions for Haitian partners.

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    PURIST - aqUV Pure
    Receive first run "aqUV Pure" water purifier and self-cleaning bottle with wireless power pad

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    PATRON
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    EXPLORER - aqUV Explore
    Receive first run "aqUV Explore" water purifier with rechargeable power source for up to 25 L of water treatment

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    WANDERER - aqUV Wander
    Receive first run "aqUV Wander" water purifier with solar rechargeable power source for up to 25 L of water treatment

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    BENEFACTOR
    Donate an "aqUV Family Pack" to a family in need. Contains four aqUV purifiers and one solar rechargeable power source for up to 25 L of water treatment

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    FAMILY PACK
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    Receive 5 aqUV Wander purifiers at a discounted rate! Great for family trips, scouting, outreach trips, or missions.

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    Donate 15 water purifiers and a solar-powered charging station to a community in Haiti

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