2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Portable Water Filtration System
“We started building large water systems for mining companies here in Alaska, but soon saw the need for small portable systems that could be carried on a small plane or helicopter,” says Dufendach. “Mission workers in remote areas learned about us. Now we mostly sell our smaller units to missionaries and to some farmers and ranchers. They’ve been used in emergency situations here and around the world.”
CampWater systems vary from a hand-powered, 2 gal. per min., cyst filtration system to custom-designed, built and installed systems producing up to 20,000 gal. per day. Options include single or multiple stage filtration; carbon, membrane and nano-filtration filters; ultra violet and chlorine disinfectors; pretreatment systems that use ozone and filtration; and reverse osmosis for heavy metals and concentrated salts. Systems can be modified to treat almost any type of contamination.
One thing that sets CampWater systems apart is their turnkey operations. All that’s needed is power to run the pump. Solar, battery and hand-powered systems are available.
“Just throw a hose in the water, hook up the power and start pumping,” says Dufendach.
Units mount inside a heavy-duty aluminum frame. Their size, however, can be deceiving. His largest portable unit is the FUV20C. At 26 by 24 by 47 in., it’s small enough to fit in a small plane, yet at a flow rate of 25,000 gal. per day, big enough to provide water to a large village.
After visiting missions using his products, Dufendach realized the need for clean water. He responded by setting up and training manufacturing affiliates. One in Colombia builds units for that country and others in South America. A second in Florida assembles them for Haiti and other impoverished areas in the Caribbean Islands. One in Georgia services the southeast U.S., Mexico and Peru. Another affiliate is in Missouri, and one will soon be operating in Ontario.
“We’re starting one in Mombasa, Kenya to build units for Africa,” says Dufendach. “I’ll be training some young men to manufacture and distribute systems that produce up to 3,000 gal. per day.”
In addition to missions, mines and farms, CampWater units are popular with entrepreneurs. Dufendach cites people who buy a unit and sell safe drinking water to neighbors and area schools.
Prices start at $800 for the HPF2 with hand pump. The powered FUV2C sells for $5,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, CampWater Industries, P.O. Box 309, 2550 Hayes St., Delta Junction, Alaska 99737
(ph 907 895-4304; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.campwater.com).
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