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Clarity brings safe water for all – a Kohler “innovation for good” initiative

Clarity brings safe water for all – a Kohler “innovation for good” initiative

It is hard to believe that more than 2 billion people have no access to safe water* in our privileged environments – where food, power and water are everyday staples.  It was this fact that inspired Kohler to develop CLARITY, a simple, affordable filtration system that can provide safe drinking water for those living in remote areas with no access to clean water.

Kohler Clarity – the safe water filtration system

CLARITY is yet another step in the company’s ongoing commitment to global health and sustainability.  A table-top ceramic filtration system, CLARITY was developed by Kohler in partnership with World Vision, iDE and Water Mission.  It can produce 40 litres of safe drinking water a day – enough for a small family.

The cornerstones of the design are that it be simple to use and maintain, inexpensive to acquire and run and easy to transport in some of the most remote and rugged terrains in the world.

CLARITY, a ceramic filtration system, removes more than 99 per cent of bacteria and protozoa from 11 litres of water every two hours.

Contaminated or dirty water is placed in the reservoir at the top of the unit which then uses gravity to filter down to the storage reservoir below.  The clean water can be kept safely in this reservoir and accessed by tap.

The filter cartridge contains some silver, for its antimicrobial properties, and is cleaned simply by rubbing gently with sandpaper to remove any sediment build-up.  Each cartridge will filter up to 5000 litres of water before replacement is required.

Enormous thought has been put into the environments and communities in which CLARITY will be used – the lid, for example, is embossed with pictographic instructions in consideration of those who are illiterate.

Transport can also be an expensive and difficult process in more remote areas – so both the CLARITY unit and its packaging has been designed to be as lightweight as possible.  One truckload of CLARITY filtration systems will contain 3600 units – enough for about 14, 400 people.

The easy to assemble and use CLARITY filtration unit stands about 60cms tall and weighs just 2.5 kg – and meets WHO standards for safe drinking water.

The CLARITY has already been used in disaster relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Given that statistics suggest the incidence of water-borne illnesses can be reduced by 45 per cent through safe drinking water, and safe storage, the CLARITY is a life-changing development.

The Kohler CLARITY project has been a truly multicultural affair having been designed by a Kohler team in the UK, engineered by a Kohler team in India and produced in Kohler’s US factory.

At a local level, Kohler holds permanent stocks of the CLARITY in its Kohler NZ warehouse in preparation for a rapid response should there be further disasters in its regional South Pacific islands.

Go to www.clarity.kohler.com for more details.

Other sustainability projects: Reinvent the Toilet Challenge – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kohler has had an ongoing passion and commitment to utilise its high-end design and technology skills to make change for ALL, especially those who have less.  Having joined the Bill Gates Foundation, Kohler partnered with the California Institute of Technology in 2012 to develop a photo-voltaic toilet to provide a sustainable sanitation option to the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have safe sanitation.

 

*  WHO 7/2/2018

Kohler Clarity water filtration system brings safe water to those in need…

Kohler Clarity water filtration system brings safe water to those in need…

According to UNICEF, in 2015, 1.8 billion people were using unsafe drinking water.

What the world needs is a solution to improve the water quality and consequently the lives that are affected by it. Kohler Associates worked together to figure out how to help build better lives and how to reduce the struggle to find clean water. The project resulted in the development of a ceramic water filtration system called Kohler Clarity.

Kohler Clarity

Designed by a Kohler team in the UK, engineered by a Kohler team in India and produced in a Kohler factory in the US, this truly trans-global project created a water filter that meets exceptionally high standards of quality and design. The filtration system, for example, is highly effective yet incredibly simple to use and maintain.

Kohler Clarity is an innovative ceramic water filtration system designed to offer 40 litres of safe water per day without using electricity. Each Kohler Clarity filters out more than 99% of bacteria and protozoa, providing up to 40 litres of safe water each day – enough clean drinking water for a family of four. Given the incidence of water-borne illnesses can be reduced by 45 per cent through safe drinking water – and safe storage – the Kohler Clarity is a life-changing development.

Kohler Clarity

Kohler Clarity Filter Cartridge

The design of the Kohler Clarity meets World Health Organisation water quality standards. The appliance filters up to two litres of water an hour and has a total capacity of 23 litres – 11 litres of dirty water and 12 litres of clean water with safe storage.

Each filter can clean up to 5000 litres of water – and replacement filters are very low cost and readily available.

Even the packaging has been designed to fit more product into a standard box and therefore significantly reduce transport costs.

The Kohler Clarity has already helped countless numbers of people in developing countries.

Kohler Clarity

Click below to view some of the ways we have helped those in need:

  • Haiti – support following Hurricane Matthew
  • Africa – in collaboration with World Vision
  • Louisiana – supporting flood victims

Visit www.clarity.kohler.com for more details on this life-changing project.