Bringing Water Back to Life

Bringing Water Back to Life

Thomas Mango

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Monday, April 16, 2012 - 3:00pm

“Water's life,” says Dr. Paul K. Carlton Jr., former U.S. Air Force surgeon general and director to the office of innovations and preparedness for the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. “But when it disrupts our every day technology, water becomes a killer.”

Naimo Abdullahi, supervisor for the Kenya Water for Health Organization (KWAHO), knows all about the perils of contaminated water from her work in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

“With no water, there’s no life,” says Mrs. Abdullahi. “With no clean water, again there’s no life because we’ll be losing a lot of people.”

Bringing water back to life is the story of the HydroPack™ and a joint demonstration project in Western Kenya conducted in January 2011 by Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI) and KWAHO. Using forward osmosis and a membrane proprietary to HTI, the HydroPack™, a 4-inch by 6-inch pouch, almost magically changes contaminated water into a healthy, nutritious drink ideal for emergency relief situations. Eastman cellulose triacetate is a key part of the membrane.

This is the first in a series of videos on the Kenya project developed by Eastman, HTI and Uber-London.


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