Sustainability is good for business. By partnering with Solvatten you are contributing to bringing safe hot water to those who need it the most, and at the same time you are contributing to a more sustainable world and lifestyle. Partnering with us will help strengthen your brand and demonstrate your commitment to important causes.
Each unit contains two 5-litre containers, each of which can be filled with water through an opening that houses a 35 micron fabric filter.
The unit is then placed in direct sunlight, which simultaneously heats the water and exposes it to ultraviolet radiation.
The combination of heat and UV light is a highly-effective means of purifying water and, depending on conditions, the water will be free of pathogenic material in 2-6 hours.
An indicator tells the user when the treatment process is complete – a sad, red face changes to a happy, green face, making it easy for even the smallest children to understand.
Access to clean water and clean fuel are daily challenges for millions of people living in poverty. Worldwide, 1 of 3 people live without reliable access to electricity and 1 out of 8 people live without access to safe, clean water at home.
Due to the lack of a reliable energy infrastructure in the developing world, people use natural resources – such as wood and charcoal – for cooking, washing and heating water. Up to 70% of the energy used by a typical home in Sub-Saharan Africa is used for these purposes. This strong dependence on natural resources leads to numerous personal issues including smoke inhalation and burn injuries. It also increases carbon dioxide emissions and leads to deforestation, which gravely impact environmental issues. Indoor plumbing and secure electricity are distant dreams for far too many people.
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The UN has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals which serve as a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Solvatten is proud to contribute to each of these goals.
Solvatten tackles some of the underlying factors that keep people in poverty. It improves health and productivity and it saves money and time, aiding people in lifting themselves out of poverty.
Poor hygiene and lack of safe water play a big role in creating and exacerbating malnutrition, especially among children. Solvatten directly tackles waterborne and hygiene-related diseases like intestinal worms and dysentery. Additionally, heated water makes the transition from breast milk easier and less risky.
Access to safe water is essential for health. Solvatten reduces the incidence of diarrhea and other poverty-related diseases. Having safe water improves hygiene practices, further reducing vulnerability to major infectious diseases.
Access to safe water close to home improves school attendance due to fewer sick days and a reduced need to rely on children for arduous domestic activities such as collecting firewood and bringing water from distant sources.
Having water at home reduces the need for women to journey to isolated areas where they are vulnerable to gender-based violence. Women save up to 3 hours a day when using Solvatten. This time savings and a reduced rate of incapacitation due to illness provides women with time for income-generating activities and gives more girls the opportunity to attend school.
While this goal is inherent in our charter, apart from being a technology that purifies water to the higher levels than WHO guidelines sets out for safe drinking water, Solvatten also solves the issue of providing heated water for better hygiene and improved health.
Solvatten relies on 100% green power – the sun. By replacing the need to burn wood or charcoal to heat water, Solvatten reduces the use of dirtier energy in favor of cleaner solar power.
The reduction in time spent accessing clean water provides time and opportunity for increased education and for income-generating activities.
The notion and comfort of having safe, hot water at home is a distant dream for more than a billion people. Equality means equal access to the basics that create a dignified life and Solvatten helps provide that access.
Being energy and water efficient, Solvatten eases the pressures that increasing urbanization puts on energy production and fresh water supplies. Aside from the benefits provided to rural communities, it also makes urban communities less vulnerable to utility service cuts and water-related disasters.
By enabling use of local water sources, the Solvatten Solar Water Safe delivers a more complete usage of all available resources – safely and efficiently.
Over 800 million households worldwide currently use solid fuels. For every one of these households CO2 emissions could be reduced by 1 ton per year if they changed from heating/boiling with solid fuels to using Solvatten. Since 2009, Solvatten has reduced the need to burn over 1,500 hectares of forest, helping to reduce climate impact.
By reducing CO2 emissions, Solvatten reduces ocean acidification which negatively impacts ocean ecosystems. Additionally, by enabling communities to more fully use their available water, Solvatten helps eliminate the need for bottled water, reducing the waste that makes its way into the oceans.
People have to coexist with very few resources which can lead to conflicts over water and foraged fuel sources. Going solar with Solvatten is helping to drive down conflict by reducing people’s need for remote fuel and water while helping to build healthier families and communities.
Injustice thrives in poverty and conflict. Through the use of the Solvatten Solar Water Safe, we are helping to reduce opportunities for conflicts to arise by minimizing the need to travel across regions for water and fuel. Additionally, less time spent gathering water and fuel means more time for income-producing activities that help empower communities and aid them in the turn towards justice.
Solvatten engages people, organizations, and other companies throughout the world to solve real problems in the developing world. This is creating awareness, practical action and business opportunities locally and internationally. What’s more, we do not work in developmental silos – but instead actively seek to bridge development issues.