After welcoming in the new decade, we are now excited to announce the release of our 2020 product catalog. This edition is packed full of new products, helpful information and distributor updates. We are looking forward to what this new year will bring in our mission to provide affordable and easy access to clean water, through the creation of a sustainable, local business model. Check out the new catalog and let us know what you think!
In order to have sustainable impact on the water crisis, we believe that businesses have to be the driving force. One of the keys of success for a business is innovation. A new idea can earn an entrepreneur a profit and encourage him to continue providing value to his customers.
An innovative idea was just what Raphael needed to take his business to the next level. He works as an Uber driver, bringing passengers through the busy streets of Nairobi, Kenya to their destinations. The bing of a notification tells him of another person waiting for his services. He drives over and smiles as they get into his car. Enjoying small talk, they make their way to another part of the city. They come to a stop and the passenger happily thanks Raphael and he waits for another notification.
This might seem like a full-time job, but Raphael had another idea. He had heard about the Kohler Clarity Filter and thought this was a business opportunity that he could not pass up. He began handing out product flyers to his riders and talking about the need for safe, clean water. His small talk turned into powerful moments to make an impact in the lives of others by sharing this information. Other drivers began to see his success and joined his team. Raphael even bought a Kohler Clarity Filter to use for himself so that he could share his own testimony of the product.
With dreams of expanding his water filter business, he hopes to soon purchase extra stock so that he can always have a filter in the car to sell at a moment’s notice. His innovative idea to combine his work as an Uber driver with his desire to provide clean water solutions has lead to more people enjoying the benefits of clean water. This is the power of business to drive sustainable change in the midst of a water crisis.
At Business Connect, stories are being constantly shared through emails, WhatsApp messages, and Facebook posts. As the person behind the scenes, I try my best to capture the stories and make each voice heard on our platforms. I love these stories of the Business Connect team’s impact, but I desired to experience them firsthand and have a deeper level of understanding.
When my sister decided to study abroad in Guatemala, I knew this was my chance to see her and experience a new country. I connected with our local Business Connect partners and planned to visit a few families that had received our water filters.
A short time later, I found myself in a pick up truck driving down a winding Guatemalan road and passing a few volcanoes. Such a significant contrast to my life in urban America. I began asking questions about the water filters to my guide and connection at Mil Casas, a non-profit that works to build houses for those in need in rural Guatemala. They have a lofty goal of building 1,000 houses and have already completed half of that number. With each new home built, the family also receives a Village Water Filter.
We pulled up to the first house and ducked through a small passageway to reach the door where our friend asked if we could step into their home and see their water filter. They warmly welcomed us in and we smiled as we passed the curious children hiding behind their mother as she wove a beautiful and colorful cloth.
The father led us into the kitchen where I asked questions and he shared about the impact of the VF100. He explained that with the current rainy season, heavy rains had caused mudslides that contaminated the village’s water supply. Yet even when the pipes were feeding dirty water into their homes, they were able to provide clean water for their family. They beamed as they spoke of the clean water that they had right in their own home.
In another village, we visited two more homes that Mil Casas had built. At the first house, a mother welcomed us inside. Her children crowded around as she spoke of how they were living healthier lives because of the water filter. She said she was so happy with the water filter and agreed to pose for a photo. Yet kids will be kids and they kept making silly faces for my camera! We then went to visit the neighbors and ask about their filter. Coming into the courtyard, I saw a small but sturdy house. We were invited inside and the family smiled as they gestured towards the Village Water Filter. They said that they were happy to have a source of clean water in their home that helped them avoid illness. I then asked what they would change about the filter and they laughed saying they just wanted a larger bucket to go with it.
These little moments filled me with so much joy. Now these stories might just sound like any other story of a Village Water Filter, but to me these stories are different. These are people whom I have personally met. They are real.They make me smile as I write every post, share every story and edit every photo even when I am many miles away.
We are a business with a huge heart for impacting the world. A majority of our water filter products are distributed through mission agencies and volunteers of all stripes and stories. Although we are men and women of faith, we really do not know the stories behind the pictures we often see. This one might interest you.
We just received this story from Liberty, a young lady who works for one of our collaborating partners. She has been our main contact person when they purchase water filters for their many implementing partners on the ground around the world.
“This warrior came out to greet us when we went down into the valley to work on the drill rig in West Pokot. Our translator told us that the markings on his arms and chest signified that he had killed many Turkana people in his young life. The Pokot people are known all over Africa to be some of the hardest, most ruthless warriors. It was actually so sweet. After a little while, he warmed up to us and ended up trying to help us start the generator at the drill site. He hid his weapons somewhere and changed into some normal clothes…a tshirt and a beanie…perfect for 90 degree weather, right?
I had been asking the Lord to direct our steps and show us who he would like us to give our Treasure and filter to that we had brought. Toward the end of our time at the drill site, I asked our translator to help us facilitate a conversation with the warrior. He had him gather his family together to hear what we had to say. Surrounded by a small crowd of 13 eager Pokots, another team member and I tag teamed sharing the Gospel with the warrior and demonstrating the water filter/explaining the need for it (they had been dipping their cup into the nastiest water and drinking it while we were there). At the end of our conversation, I challenged him to make a decision and told him that we would be so happy to pray with him and his family.
He said, “If there is a God that can purify me like this filter is purifying this water-I want to know Him.”
All 13 of them prayed with us to receive Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit! We gave him a Treasure and a water filter to share with his family and shared about our new church plant in the area so that they could get connected. Hallelujah! Pretty priceless experience for this girl who’s usually behind a computer or telephone back in the States! “
This is a note I received from one of our partners, Larry Truitt. It’s a great story so I wanted to share it with all of you as we impact the world, families, and individuals through access to clean water.
Back in 1971, I was pastoring a mission church at Ft. Washakie, Wyoming on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The well water had a high content of alkaline and was not safe to drink. We hauled water from a community well three miles away. That was my first encounter with bad drinking water. When we moved back to Indiana I understood the importance of clean drinking water and became an advocate for clean water.
In 2010, I traveled to Belize with my oldest son. He travels all over the world doing building automation and has worked in over forty-five different countries. While in Belize we could not drink the water from the cisterns because of the various types of bacteria and parasites. When I came home from that trip, I started looking for some type of water filter system that would give people in countries where clean water is a problem, safe drinking water. After doing some research I decided that the Sawyer mini water filter was the best choice.
In 2017, a young couple came to our church and presented their mission work in Peru. One of the issues they were faced with was the lack of clean water. I felt that it was important to offer them a solution that would give them clean water. I contacted Business Connect and purchased 25 water filters and sent them to the mission in Peru. The water filters not only gave an entire village access to clean water but opened the door to several other villages. I started this project because I understand what it is like not to have clean safe water.
This project has become a community outreach program to raise money for water filters for the Peru mission project. At the Thorntown Festival of the Turning Leaves on September 28th this year local bluegrass musicians will provide entertainment, and the Sugar Plain Friends Church will provide food and all the proceeds will go to the purchase of water filters for the Peru mission project. It is our goal to raise enough money to purchase 100 water filters and buckets to be used in the Peru project. This will bring the total number of water filters sent to Peru to 215. That is 215 families that will have access to clean drinking water. Below is a picture of the last 40 filters sent.
Everyone is looking for new ways to help improve their health. Whether you’re dieting, working out, or simply trying to increase your water intake, it’s requires dedicated effort with some parts easier than others.
When it comes to the water you’re drinking, are you confident that you’re ingesting lead-free, healthy, treated water? Can you count on the water you’re getting from your home?
It’s time to start thinking about how your water is filtered, regardless of whether you’re drinking water at home, out and about, or in any other location. If you live in America, water filtration and clean water probably isn’t the first thing on your mind when you head to the sink to fill up a cup.
You’re not living in a developing country, so your water has to be clean, right? Unfortunately, toxic tap water is a real issue in several different cities throughout the United States, including (but not limited to), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brady, Texas, and the well-publicized and infamous Flint, Michigan.
We’re going to lay out everything you need to know about the state of your water, water filtration, and the types of water filters that might be available to you, as well as the benefits of water filtration for you home and your family.
What Is a Water Filtering System?
If you’re unsure about what a water filtering system is to begin with, here are the basic. In its simplest form, a water filter helps decontaminate water by either using a physical barrier, chemical process, or a biological process.
People use water filter systems for a variety of different reasons, and there are dozens of benefits of filtering your own water. For example, people will use water filters to remove chlorine and bacterial contaminants to provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water. They’ll also use them to remove lead from drinking water immediately before they drink it, eliminating the chance of a harmful substance entering their bodies.
Another benefit of water filter systems is that they provide you with clean water without racking up a huge bill from plastic water bottles ( environmentally-speaking, this is a much better option too).
Overall, drinking clean, filtered water can help to protect your body from diseases and lead to greater overall health. Filtered water can reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent, help children’s’ developing immune systems grow strong, act as the last line of defense against 2,100 known toxins from drinking water, and greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine byproducts.
And water filtration doesn’t only benefit drinking water. In fact, filtered water should be used for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, bathing, and more. Using filtered water means there’s a healthy mineral deposit and a healthy pH in the water you ingest!
Types of Water Filters
There are several types of water filters that are typically used, each with different mechanics and functions, but all serving the same purpose: cleaning your water supply to provide healthy, safe water. Let’s focus on a few common types.
The activated carbon filter is one of the most common household water filters. This type of filter uses activated carbon granules that attract and trap chemical impurities through an absorption process.
Activated carbon granules are based on charcoal and are very porous forms of the carbon that is created by burning wood with a reduced supply of oxygen. Charcoal, somewhat like a cross between lead and a sponge, has an internal surface area that’s riddled with nooks and crannies that can help to boost that absorption process.
The Environmental Working Group does offer one important caveat to remember when using carbon filters:
Keep in mind that carbon filters vary greatly in effectiveness. Some just remove chlorine, and improve taste and odor. Others remove contaminants including asbestos, lead, mercury and volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. However, activated carbon doesn’t remove common inorganic pollutants such as arsenic, fluoride, hexavalent chromium, nitrate and perchlorate.
Additionally, this type of filter isn’t ideal for dealing with hardness like limescale heavy metals, nitrates, fluorine, microbes, and sodium.
Here’s a helpful overview of how activated carbon works:
You remember osmosis from science class, right? It’s when one things absorbs another. Reverse osmosis is the forcing of contaminated water through a membrane at pressure so that the water is able to pass through, but the contaminants in the water are left behind.
Essentially, you’re making the water go against its natural inclination, to force the comaninents out of a water supply. Unfiltered water is pumped in through a plastic membrane, clean water flows through the membrane at pressure, and that semipermeable filter or membrane will catch all the contaminants in said water.
Again, the Environmental Working Group offers a helpful note regarding reverse osmosis:
Also, consumers should be aware that reverse osmosis systems waste a lot of water – they typically use three to 20 times more water than they produce. For this reason, EWG recommends that they be used for drinking and cooking water only.
Ion Exchange filters are some of the best filters for softening water. They can take hard water and make it more digestible by removing limescale. In layman’s terms, these filters are designed to split apart atoms of contaminating substances to make ions, then, then traps those ions and releases less good ions.
These types of filters use zeolite beads that contain sodium ions. These beads, which act as filters, trap the incoming contaminants and replace them with sodium ions. Without that magnesium and calcium, your water is going to taste softer much more pleasant.
This is one of the simplest ways to purify water. While this is less of a type of filter and more of a way to filter water on your own without the use of a fancy device, distillation is still one of the best ways to filter or purify water.
Distillation involves boiling the water, but then taking things a step further to ensure purity. First, you boil water to make steam, much as you would boil it to kill the bacteria. Then you capture the steam and cool it back into water in a separate container. Because water boils at a much lower temperature than other contaminants (like toxic heavy metals), these will stay back as the steam separates and boils off, leaving you with clean water.
Regardless of where you live (home, on the road, or when you’re camping), it’s important to keep your water as clean and filtered as possible. Water filters are becoming more and more important in a world where every day health seems to be diminishing. Remember to change your water filter every 3 to 6 months, or sooner if you notice the water flow slowing down or your water color becoming darker.
You can easily pick up a water filter at your local grocery store or supply shop, and it doesn’t have to be fancy. Even a simple $30 home filter that you put on the end of your sink faucet will significantly help,. Ultimately, it’s important that you’re putting your health first, and keeping you water clean and filtered is a big step in that direction.