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Filtron, ceramic filter for drinking water
What problem does it solve?

FILTRÓN is a household filtering unit for the treatment and storage of water. It filters water, removes turbidity and, thanks to the colloidal silver, disinfects it by deactivating any bacteria that pass through its tiny pores, thus successfully purifying contaminated water. Another important quality that FILTRÓN can guarantee is the secure storage of the treated water in the house. On passing through the filter, water deposits in a container equipped with a faucet so that no other object need be introduced to extract the water, thus guaranteeing hygiene.

Household treatment and safe storage units allow communities to treat contaminated water and attain quality standards that comply with norms set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Due to low cost and ease of use, this technology can provide an immediate, though not definitive, solution to the problem of providing quality drinking water for the community. It is known that 80% of illnesses affecting the population are related to contaminated water, so there is a clear need for an innovative system in all developing countries. The consumption of safe water has reduced the risk of contracting diarrheic illnesses from 44% to 85%. In Nicaragua, 41% of the population does not have access to the drinking water services provided by the state water company. “Only 23% of the population has sustainable access to sources of improved water” (UNDP 2003).

It is an improvement on slow sand filters, and other filter systems that do not remove turbidity from the water. In addition to this, FILTRÓN also deactivates bacteria.
It is an improvement on bottled water, which is expensive and occasionally of dubious quality. FILTRÓN guarantees users quality filtered water quickly and effectively.

FILTRÓN has been the subject of microbiological studies, tests and evaluations in 11 countries, all producing excellent results.

A study carried out by the Water Resources Research Centre of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua on the effectiveness of the clay filters in removing harmful organisms has produced the following results.

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