Faircap will allow NGOs and relief organizations to provide a small, portable, effective and low cost solution for purifying contaminated water as material relief assistance to people who need it most, during natural disaster situations (earthquakes, floods, etc.), during refugee migrations (to provide a portable water purifying solution for improved living conditions during long distance traveling and at refugee camps), and for people living in urban and rural areas in developing countries under unhealthy non-hygienic conditions.
In 2019, Faircap was awarded a second grant from the HIF’s diffusion call to support the scaling of this intervention, which will be used to test the Faircap Mini water filter format for bottles through water quality improvements, as well as a user feedback study in places where mobility is needed. With the second grant we will also test a new filter format for family setting that incorporates a larger capacity filter and a hand pump that can be screwed into a Jerry can or water container, as it provides a higher flow rate, can also remove viruses and is easy to use.
With a first phase of funding from Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), Faircap developed the main innovation which was the design of the filter, which is a small, easy to use water filter that can be used universally since it can be screwed into standard plastic bottles, that allows the user to transport water and purify it instantaneously without waiting, without chemicals or electricity. The design is open (non-patented) and collaborative, and new versions can be improved by inviting designers, scientists, engineers to propose new solutions.
With the second phase of funding from Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), the Faircap family filter solution will follow similar principles as the bottle version; it’s easy to use, it provides a much higher flow rate than other alternatives like gravity ceramic filters, as it incorporates a hand pump, it can filter viruses which ceramic filters can’t, it can be adapted to existing containers like Jerry cans and it has a small size for easy shipment.
The aim is to gather evidence from at least two different labs, as well as 2 to 4 locations in the field. The water quality improvements as well as the feedback from the users will be documented to publish a report that can be shared with NGOs and other researchers. Hopefully this will convince other humanitarian organizations to distribute the Faircap filters in their relief operations.
In the first phase of funding, different versions of the Faircap filter, from a mini version for personal use to a filter for more people and that has different adapters for different usage scenarios were prototyped. The following was also tested;
The results were documented and shared. A final product that can be produced in large quantities and at a low cost so that any organization can make use of the Faircap filters was made.
With the second phase of funding, Faircap wants to learn about the limitations of the innovation in the field, as well as the opportunities and potential impact that they can provide during emergencies and during sustained humanitarian situations.
They would like to gather evidence that Faircap filters are hopefully as effective in the field as they are in the lab. Secondly, they want to test that users are willing to adopt them in their daily life and finally that they can be trusted and used for several months so as to create a positive impact to their health, preventing waterborne diseases.
In April 2019, Faircap was successfully awarded a HIF diffusion grant to help them scale their project.
It has been four months since we started receiving HIF support to continue developing the Faircap filter. Since then we have made progress in defining the final 3D design and working with two labs to prepare the first series production, we also got the first functional prototypes working and we are now arranging the final details to launch the production in the next couple of months.View
Learn more about this WASH project, and many others, in our Humanitarian WASH Innovation Catalogue.
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