There’s nothing more essential to life on Earth than water. Yet, from Cape Town to Europe, and from rural, sub-Saharan Africa to Asia’s teeming megacities, there’s a global water crisis. People are struggling to access the quantity and quality of water they need for drinking, cooking, bathing, handwashing, and for growing their food.
The Waterfilter Boxx®
Pieter Hoff, director owner of Groasis and former lily grower, living in Steenbergen, had already developed the Growboxx plant cocoon. In other words, the intelligent bucket. With this, trees and shrubs can be planted in places where you would expect that this is not possible at all. Now he introduces a new revolutionary invention: the Waterfilter Boxx®. This intelligent bucket is filled with polluted water (e.g. washing water, brackish or seawater, etc.). The water is then distilled by the product to clean fresh water – without using energy or filters, according to the SODIS method. The clean fresh water can be used to plant a tree or to plant vegetables. It means that rural agricultural families or refugees in camps can use their washing water to plant fruit trees or vegetables and grow their own food or diversify their income.
The Waterfilter Boxx® can be used for 10 years without maintenance costs. It uses water twice. So all household washing and cleaning water can be used to plant and grow. In reality it means we bring back agricultural use to ‘zero water’. With the Boskalis Water Award this innovation gained justified recognition. Groasis is currently doing investigations to whether the produced water is clean enough for drinking.