Sterilizing Water Bottle

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Neverest has developed an innovative water bottle that eliminates the danger from bacteria and viruses.

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Too many sources of water are like this. Help improve water quality worldwide.

What sets the Hydro-Lite Sterilizing Water Bottle apart:

  • Hand-powered dynamo electrical source means the system never needs batteries.
  • No chemicals needed and significantly reduces environmental impact.
  • Ideal for travelers, campers, military personnel, aid workers and anyone without access to clean drinking water.
  • Makes an excellent donation item for vulnerable populations (refugees and disaster-affected people) worldwide.
  • Under testing by humanitarian relief specialists. Social mobilization materials under development.

Clean drinking water is a vital element for supporting human Lite and should be available to everyone. Despite these facts, many problems remain:

  • More than 1 billion people live without potable water—that’s every sixth person on the planet.
  • The lack of adequate drinking water is a major cause of illness and death in the developing world, respectively 80% and 30%, according to UN research.
  • Standard water bottles are damaging to the environment. In the US alone, each day more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away—that's a total of 22 billion plastic bottles per year.

Patents pending in the US and worldwide

Click here to download a Neverest™ Hydro-Lite™ Water Bottle Fact Sheet.

In the southern African country of Zimbabwe, Neverest’s Eric James worked on setting up a humanitarian response project for a devastating cholera epidemic. Decades of mismanagement and bad governance resulted in a fundamental breakdown of the country’s once effective systems, such as the provision of clean drinking water. Health centers in particular were neglected and lacked basic supplies such as medicines, lighting and clean water.

Visiting cholera wards in remote parts of the country, Eric saw how people arrived; bent over with abdominal pain or on stretchers. They were despondent and severely dehydrated from the microscopic bacteria. Toilets too far away for constant visits, existing patients lay in rows of beds with holes cut out in the center. Some patients lost gallons of diarrheal fluid each day. Too late for prevention, little could be done for them besides providing intravenous fluids and oral rehydration salts. In the end, the disease afflicted nearly 100,000 and killed over 4,000 people.

Faced with the reality of the disease’s dreadful effects, Eric was also struck by how easily epidemics like this could be prevented. It seemed that an appropriate technology could be harnessed to keep people out of cholera wards in the first place - by providing a sustainable way for people to have clean water at the household level. On his return from Zimbabwe, he outlined different options for sterilizing water (an updated version is below).

Boiling water using firewood is the most common method worldwide to sterilize water. This method has serious side effects however, including the potential for respiratory infection caused by smoke inhalation. Similarly, gathering firewood is labor intensive and has a negative impact on the environment. Filtering systems are good but they are expensive, clog easily and do not always remove viruses and microscopic bacteria. Chemicals are less expensive but have several downsides including resistance to cryptosporidium and have a need for constant replenishment (a difficult proposition in remote areas).

Ultraviolet (UV) light is a viable technology... but only if it can be linked to a sustainable power source. Our ability to use UV light to sterilize water has been available for over a century but it was only recently that UV light bulbs have been available small enough for handheld use. The UV light zaps viruses, bacteria and protozoa, making it impossible for them to reproduce and make people ill. When linked with a small hand-powered dynamo, anyone anywhere can produce a liter of clean drinking water in only a minute.

Neverest’s Hydro-Lite is an ideal handheld water bottle for anyone without access to clean drinking water including aid workers, campers, military personnel and travelers.

Treatment Best For Pros Cons Cost
Boiling Cold weather camping trips
  • Effective
  • Can be combined with cooking
  • Time consuming
  • Favorable fire regulations required
  • Adverse environmental impact
Filtration Group trips where one person can carry the filter
  • Good for treating sizeable quantities of water
  • Tasteless
  • Water must be treated with halogens to remove viruses and the smallest bacteria
  • Weight and bulkiness
  • Relative short durability
  • Filters can clog
Iodine or Chlorine Tablets Trips with limited space or weight requirements
  • Cheap
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Cryptosporidium cysts can be resistant
  • Long-term use may lead to health problems
  • Requires long contact time in cold weather
  • Bad taste (Vitamin C can neutralize the flavor)
  • Will run out on long trips
Less than $10
UV Light Devices Anywhere by anyone
  • Fast
  • Efficient
  • Eliminates all sources of waterborne illness
  • Not environmentally adverse
  • Batteries usually needed*
  • Must be warmed before use in freezing temperatures

* The Neverest Hydro-Lite Water Bottle provides a cost effective, sustainable solution to the problem of access to clean water. Requiring no batteries and available for less than $90.00 USD, Hydro-Lite can be a highly effective device for a variety of situations and environments.

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