Manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems has become a huge business in the industrialized countries of our planet. Companies manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems in the U.S. ship them to developing countries. Foreign companies manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems ship them to the U.S.
Some of these water purifier and filtration systems are intended for municipal water treatment, while others are manufactured for home use. All must adhere minimally to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Companies manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems for use in the U.S. must adhere to EPA and FDA regulations as well.
U.S. government standards from the EPA require two different levels of water "cleaning" for purifier and filtration systems.
* Filtration Systems: Any type of water filtration system must remove at least 99.99% of bacteria, chemicals, and other contaminants. Filtration systems must also remove lead and other harmful metals and minerals. This is considered "4 Log" or simple filtration.
* Purifier Systems: All water purifier systems must provide "7 Log" reduction of contaminants. If you have "7 Log" contaminant reduction, your purifier has removed 99.99999% of bacteria, chemicals, and other contaminants.
What This Means to You
If you are directly involved in manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems, this means your products all must be of high quality, and will require constant testing to be sure they conform to government standards. Your filtration systems must all remove the proper percentage of contaminants, as must your purifiers. You cannot sell a filtration system and make claims that it purifies water. All must meet EPA requirements.
If you are not directly involved in manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems, the difference between purifiers and filtration systems may seem minimal. It may seem as though it doesn't matter whether you purchase a purifier or a water filtration system. At a glance, removal of 99.99% or 99.99999% of contaminants may not look like a huge difference.
What it means, however, is that a purifier must be one thousand times (1000x) as effective as a filtration system! To put it another way, you have a choice as to how clean you want your water. Are you content to remove just "1 bug" from your water glass, and leave 999 bugs in there? Or would you rather remove "1000 bugs" from your glass of water? Drinking water purifiers must give you super-clean water in even the most highly contaminated and dangerous circumstances.
Challenge to Manufacturers
Our challenge to manufacturers is to make clean water available to all who need it. Manufacturers should be working to reduce the costs of manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems so that they are more readily available in remote areas and undeveloped countries. People in those countries urgently need filtration systems, whereas we in developed countries have very potable water flowing from our municipal water supply. Those in need often cannot afford clean water, though, given the current costs of manufacturing water purifier and filtration systems.
Manufacturers need to couple their desire for profit to humanitarian compassion, and create ways to provide purifiers, or at least filtration systems, at much lower cost.