Vancleave company's invention may save lives after disaster

Published: Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM CST
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VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi company believes a major natural disaster or an extended power outage shouldn't keep people from having easy access to clean drinking water.  Vancleave-based Applied Science sent several of its innovative water filters to Haiti after the massive earthquake in 2010. Officials said for weeks the filters provided relief to Haitian families from outbreaks of Cholera and other water born diseases. The owner explained how the technology works.

Wake Inabinette lives on the West Pascagoula River. He said after Hurricane Katrina his family realized how precious clean drinking water is after a natural disaster.

"When we started this they realized after the hurricanes and the things that we've been through how stressful it was," said Inabinette. "We began to see news reports of third world countries that were really in trouble for clean drinking water. So this became a passion for us as a family to provide this for people. "

The Applied Science solution is the Jungle Bucket water purification system. First add four tablespoons of household bleach. Wait 12 minutes to allow time to kill bacteria and viruses. Then start cranking.

"So you can see the dirty water going in and sparkling clean water coming out," Inabinette said. "When you finish in order to clean this filter you turn it backward and it backwashes and cleans the screens in it."

Inabinette said, "This was on demand. If you need a drink of water you just turn the crank. Children could use it. If you're weak and debilitated during these times of crises you still get a very simple operation. "

The company claims a special pre-filter helps to clean even the dirtiest of water.

"It could be murky. It could have pond scum. It could have leaves and dirt in it," said Inabinette. "If the best water you can find is bad we've still got you covered."

Big cities. Small towns. No matter where people live, Inabinette believes when the electricity goes out his invention can be a life saver.

He said, "If the power grid goes down and quits for whatever reason they've got to be able to get to a river, a pond, or a stream or a drainage ditch and get water for their family to survive."

Applied Science officials said the filtration system can also remove toxic poisons and heavy metals.

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