FORSI’s fil­ter in Kaik­oura

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

A Mata­mata in­ven­tion will help gen­er­ate clean, fresh wa­ter to South Is­land peo­ple af­fected by the re­cent ma­jor earth­quakes.

FORSI In­no­va­tions, with SAFEH20 Ltd has de­ployed a por­ta­ble wa­ter fil­tra­tion unit to Kaik­oura, which uses mi­cro and nano tech­nol­ogy to trans­form con­tam­i­nated wa­ter into drink­able H2O.

The wa­ter fil­tra­tion unit was ini­tially sent to Wa­iau but will help Kaik­oura peo­ple. It could later be dis­patched where it’s needed in the South Is­land.

It was orig­i­nally cre­ated for Manawatu fil­tra­tion com­pany SAFE H20 Ltd which wanted a fil­tra­tion sys­tem to ser­vice and sup­ply pathogen-free drink­ing wa­ter from tanks and bores.

SAFE H20 Ltd spoke to Byond Dis­as­ter Re­lief about how the unit could be used in aid re­lief when the earth­quake hit on Mon­day last week, and within 12 hours the unit was on its way to Kaik­oura.

SAFE H20 Ltd di­rec­tor Chad Meads said it was a thrill to able to of­fer help.

‘‘We al­ways knew the sys­tem had po­ten­tial to as­sist and we ob­vi­ously part­nered with the right peo­ple to get re­lief into this area. It’s an awe­some feel­ing.’’

FORSI In­no­va­tions man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Terry Hawes, de­scribed the smart sys­tem as a fil­tra­tion plant room, com­pacted into a trailer.

The unit can fil­ter 20,000 litres of wa­ter per hour and is pow­ered by an on board petrol pump and gen­er­a­tor.

The gen­er­a­tor al­lows it to run with medium pres­sure whereas nor­mally mem­brane sys­tems re­quired high pres­sure, up to 300 PSI.

The unit is self mon­i­tor­ing. It has built-in safe guards and alarms. Hawes said in the worst case sce­nario it would re­duce the flow rate, not shut down.

He was thrilled to know the sys­tem was be­ing used to of­fer aid, some­thing hugely im­por­tant to him.

‘‘We are ec­static, we have al­ways dreamed of send­ing our sys­tems where they’re needed. It was de­signed to be used in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. The next stage for us is to have our sys­tem, through the SAFEH20 brand, be­ing used where emer­gency clean wa­ter is needed in the Pa­cific Is­lands or in third world coun­tries.

‘‘FORSI is al­ways look­ing for more ef­fi­cient ways of do­ing things, be­ing in­no­va­tive is what we do.’’

SAFE H20 di­rec­tor Chad Meads, with Lyn­don Tam­blyn and Tony Atkins.

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