Lancet publishes study into innovative Irish water purification system which is saving children’s lives across Kenya and other developing economies

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Aquatabs Flo® is a low cost water purification system. It brings the chemistry of Aquatabs from “point-of-use” so that water is purified at “point of entry”.

Ireland-based Medentech has announced the results of a study into its patented water purification system Aquatabs Flo, which has been installed in domestic water tanks in over 20,000 schools in Kenya and Nigeria by the social enterprise Impact Water.

Results from the two-year health impact trial in Bangladesh were published by medical journal The Lancet which showed that by using the Aquatabs Flo device at the inlet of a domestic tank water treatment system reduced WHO-defined diarrhoea in children by over 25 per cent compared to untreated water.

The Aquatabs Flo water disinfection unit, kills microorganisms, like viruses and bacteria, in your water ensuring that Legionella is eliminated, and biofilm remains under control.

Part of the Kersia group, Medentech is headquartered in Wexford, Ireland and has distribution agents in over 100 countries worldwide.

According to the company: “This small, easy to use purification unit not only makes your water safer, it will continue to protect the water within your system. It can be used in new and retrofit situations and is very simple to install in most header/ground tanks for private, grouped water schemes, small medical centres, schools and even rain water harvesting systems.

Aquatabs Flo is USEPA approved for drinking water and connections will be available for hand-pumps and stand-pipes in the near future.

Commenting on the results of the Bangladesh trial, Aquatabs MD Michael Gately said that “Under the very toughest conditions in Bangladesh, this system has now been proven beyond doubt and children’s lives Will be saved. It is the World’s lowest-cost, automatic, no power required, tank water treatment system.”

Lead study author Amy Pickering added: “The study demonstrated that this simple, electricity-independent technology could be transformative in scaling up water treatment in slums and reducing child diarrhea, without requiring people to do anything differently when they collect their drinking water,”

Trials have also been carried out in Honduras, Brazil, and Tanzania and the company is now seeking partners from the NGO and commercial communities to support the installation of the system in the water tanks of private homes across communities in developing countries. 

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