National Second prize winner

VEPOX FILTER

A sustainable alternative to safe drinking water.

Pitch

A VepoX filter can serve an entire household for two years and, at USD 10 per unit, is the most affordable durable household filter on the Ugandan market, paying for itself in just six months by eliminating the fuel costs of boiling water. VepoX users also save themselves both the time it takes to boil water and wait for it to cool and the risk of cross-contamination through storage in dirty containers. Women and children no longer have to fetch so much firewood, freeing up time for more productive activities and schoolwork. For households that previously did not treat their water, VepoX Filter is the first source of safe water for their families, with concomitant health benefits.
On a larger environmental level, by eliminating the need to boil water and thus to collect charcoal and firewood from local forests, which act as an essential carbon sink, VepoX filter reduces greenhouse gas emissions. By replacing bottled water, it also reduces plastic consumption.

Quick facts

  • 2019 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Sustainable Production Systems
    Theme
  • Uganda
    Country
  • 7
    Teamsize

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Team

  • Muyita Samuel - Team Lead (Bsc. Civil Engineering), Sekandi Nelson - Technical Director(PhD. Chem. Eng) , Ninsiima Julius - Materials Technician(Bsc Civil Eng) , Aturinda Marvin - Chief Marketing Officer (MBA)

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