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36 The developers are currently working on getting government contracts with several branches of the military. lot of the bacteria but they also trap some. Our product has an ultra-filtration membrane in the cartridge that the water flows through first, and then it goes through a second cartridge which contains carbon and will remove any contaminants and help improve the taste,” Visser said. Two years ago, the development team received a call to meet with the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Marines in the field were using plastic filtered straws to get water from puddles and streams, but they were looking for something that could provide a higher volume. “That’s when we created the ‘Go-Kit’ which includes the purifier with replacement filters, a collapsible water bottle, a water and air pump with tubing and inflatable attachments which can provide up to seven gallons of water per hour. It can be easily attached to a backpack and makes water accessible while using gas masks,” Visser said. Above, Kenn Visser demonstrates how to assemble the “Go Kit” which can purify up to seven gallons of water per hour. Left: Water One of Southwest Florida, Inc. operates two bottled water facilities and manufactures a full range of portable purifiers and mobile water purification systems.


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