An estimated 1.8 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Kohler Co., a global leader in the plumbing industry, has developed a ceramic filtration system called KOHLER Clarity and will work with World Vision, iDE and Water Mission, among others, to enable people in remote regions to access safe, reliable drinking water. The system was designed to bring aspirational products to an affordable price point so NGOs and end users do not have to choose form over function.
“Our goal with KOHLER Clarity is to provide a filter extremely efficient at creating safe drinking water that also becomes a fixture of convenience and dignity in a home,” said Mike Radloff, Senior Project Manager-Water Technologies. “Kohler engineers and designers love a challenge and have high standards. In two years, we’ve been able to bring together teams around the world to use our expertise in plumbing to develop and bring to market this solution.”
Designed following global health leader PATH’s C1 filter guidelines, KOHLER Clarity is incredibly simple considering its potential global impact. The filter works on gravity alone; no electricity or water infrastructure is needed. The filter holds 11 litres (2.9 gallons) of dirty water that flows into a 12-liter (3.1-gallon) reservoir, where the clean water is stored to avoid recontamination.
KOHLER Clarity removes over 99 percent of bacteria and protozoa to meet the World Health Organization’s interim-level water quality guidelines. Additionally, studies show that safe drinking water and storage, such as filtering, reduces the risk of certain water-borne illnesses by 45 percent.
The filtration system is simple to assemble, use and maintain, with flush lines and smooth surfaces for easy cleaning. It’s backed by Kohler’s commitment to quality.
A sustainable solution
KOHLER Clarity can filter up to 40 litres (10.5 gallons) of water per day, meeting the drinking water needs of a typical family. With an estimated ceramic filter life of up to one year, Clarity costs less than 1 cent (U.S.) per person per day to operate. At the end of the filter’s useful life, the cartridge can be easily removed and replaced, eliminating the need to purchase a new system.
In keeping with Kohler’s sustainable product development mindset, the lid, base and nut contain recycled plastics from toilet seat production. The corrugated box, designed to minimise non-biodegradable packing material, is shaped to optimally fill a shipping container to reduce shipping costs and can be worn on the back for easy transport.
Kohler water commitment
Kohler Co. has a strong commitment to water quality and water conservation. The company worked with Safe Water Kenya to improve its BioSand water filtration unit and has an ongoing partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Caltech to design more sanitary toilet solutions for communities without a centralised water treatment infrastructure. Kohler Co. has also been honoured to receive eight EPA WaterSense® awards since 2008.