Everything starts with clean water
Solvatten is a Swedish social enterprise that brings Solvatten Solar Safe Water System to customers, charities and distributors around the world. We also partner with organisations and micro-finance intitutions to increase reach and affordability. A charitable branch of Solvatten was founded in 2013, focused on improving the lives of, above all, women and children, living without access to safe water. In 2016 The Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA was registered as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Solvatten is the brainchild of the Swedish inventor, Petra Wadström. The story began in Australia in the early 90s, where Petra was living with her husband Carl and their family. The Wadström’s professional background was diverse, spanning both medical science and the arts.
Living in Australia, Petra was struck by the abundance and intensity of natural sunlight. She was convinced that it must be possible to harness its strength for the betterment of those living in poverty.
Exposure to sunlight was key, as this has the effect of both purifying and heating water. After succesful initial trials of the device several field visits throughout Africa and Asia took place, where Petra and her small team began conducting studies to validate the efficacy of her creation in a variety of contexts. Today, Solvatten is used in more than 20 countries around the world.