35 GASPARILLA MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 About seven years ago, Water One of Southwest Florida, Inc. owner Michael Barlow began delivering bottled water to Haiti and other areas that were hit by hurricanes. That’s when the men realized they needed to take that same technology and engineer it into mobile water purification systems, which act like miniature bottled water plants and are sustainable, lightweight and simple to operate. Visser teamed up with Englewood resident Don Mussili to put a plan into action. The two are members of the Rotary Club of Englewood. Mussili is the founder of the Englewood Incubation Center. He founded the organization in 2012 and created a sustainability center which houses an industrial lab stocked with equipment for cutting, welding, soldering, molding and drilling. He also acquired several 3D printers and is able to create prototypes for innovators. Florida Institute of Technology student Brandyn Watterson helped with the prototype development for the Pure2Go project. Watterson is a recent graduate of Lemon Bay High School. “We weren’t exactly sure how to proceed initially with the project, and Brandyn is just one of those guys who could envision and imagine it, and he could present his ideas in a very visual way. He just astounded me,” Mussili said. The result was a traveler’s kit including a purifier with replacement insert cartridges, a collapsible source water bottle with a straw and a travel pouch. The product is perfect for camping, adventure travel, emergency kits or disasters. It’s a multifunctional, hand-held water purifier that kills waterborne viruses and provides access to safe, good-tasting drinking water immediately with no wait time. “There’s a big difference between filtration and purification. Filters have limitations – they remove a Kenn Visser (left) and Don Mussili hold up samples of prototypes for the Pure2Go product. The por table Pure2Go water filtration system. One of the 3D printers in the Englewood Incubation Center.
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