LifeCan: The Solution for Safe Drinking Water

Introducing Project LifeCan: Buy One, We'll Give One. The LifeCan delivers safe, fresh water immediately through a portable, self-powered filtration system.
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Jeffrey Sharpe
Community
Aliso Viejo, California
United States
7 Team Members

Having access to clean drinking water is a luxury that most of us take
for granted, but what happens when our water sources become contaminated?

Throughout the world more than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water.

So what's the solution?

LifeCan.

LifeCan filters out 99.99% of viruses and bacteria from any water source (other than salt water) making it 100% safe to drink.

Centered on the belief that a business can be built with a “profits for a purpose” mission, for every LifeCan purchased from us, we will donate another to a charity focused on providing safe drinking water to those that don’t have access to it. Introducing:

Project LifeCan: Buy one, we'll give one.

In the global struggle for clean water we are asking you to help us cure water poverty.

Why the world needs LifeCan

1. Immediate, safe drinking water.

Less than 15% of families are prepared for an emergency.

Whether by natural disaster, chemical leak, water treatment plant failure, or power outage, many of us are vulnerable and unprepared to be water self-sufficient until help arrives.  

The Red Cross suggests you have a 2-week water supply; one gallon per person, per day.  The LifeCan = water needs solved.

2. Self-powered, easy-to-use, and portable 

Weighing less than 5 pounds, the LifeCan can be easily carried to any water source. The simple, self-powered hand pumping system pushes water through the filter delivering clean water in less than 10 seconds.

No electricity, no batteries, no UV light, and no chemicals.

3. Use water from any source except salt water
With the LifeCan your local creek, pond or swimming pool becomes a safe water source for your family and neighbors.

The hollow-fiber ultra filtration membrane passed performance testing by Enviromatrix according to EPA and NSF Protocol P231, which is the WHO (World Health Organization) standard.

 

The World Needs LifeCan.

We met with community leaders from disaster stricken areas around the world and they all unanimously expressed their immediate need for a product like this.



4. Get rid of the water bottle response.  When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Coca-Cola company alone donated over 30 million 8-oz bottles of water to the relief fund. Be prepared with a LifeCan.

5. Great for recreational use.  Put a LifeCan on your boat to ensure you never run out of water.  Drink straight from the lake or river.  Drink the very water you love being near, in, and on.

6. Here's what people are saying about the LifeCan

 

 

The LifeCan Technology. Watch this video on how it works.

 

Want to give a perk as a holiday gift?

Anytime after you sign up for a perk, email us – info@simplipure.com
and we’ll send a gift card from you describing the gift to your recipient. We have two gift card choices.

 

Project timeframe and funding needs.

The money received from Indiegogo will go directly to producing the LifeCan. Funds are needed to finalize product design and construct the tools for the LifeCan’s components and manufacturing.

Final LifeCan design.

We are already on our third version of the LifeCan.

This next version will have a second entry point to allow water to be put directly into the LifeCan without having to remove the filter.  We are open to any ideas and suggestions you may have. When funded, we will share the final design with you.

 

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FAQs

Q. How does the LifeCan filter work?

A. The LifeCan is manually powered through a piston hand pump. Pulling up pulls water from the can through the mesh/carbon pre-filter, and then pressing down pushes the water through the hollow fiber ultra filtration membrane and out the dispensing tube. No electricity, no battery, no UV light, and no chemicals are required.

Q. What kind of filter is it and what does it take out?

A. The first filter is a .01 micron mesh/carbon pre-filter that removes sediments, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and many other dangerous chemicals. The second filter is a hollow-fiber ultra filtration membrane which effectively blocks viruses and bacteria.

Q. Is it difficult to pump?

A. No, the hand pump slides easily up and down and not much force is needed.

Q. How long does the filtration process take?

A. After a couple of slow deliberate pumps, safe drinking water will start
to come out filling a cup in less than 20 seconds.

Q.*  How long does the filter last?

A. This depends on the turbidity of the water. If you were to try pumping mud then it may only be a couple of gallons, but if you were to filter from a nearby lake  with good clarity it could be able to do more than 10,000 gallons. This also depends on how well you take care of the filters and follow the simple instructions on maintaining the product.

Q. How do you clean the filter?

A. A simple backwashing process is the best way to clean the filter. All you do is reverse the filter and pump clean water. Once you pump the clean water through a few times it is ready to use again.

Q. How do you know when the filter is no longer useable?

A. The filter elements, like all filters, will eventually clog and the flow rate will decline until it stops. When the flow rate is reduced to a trickle then the pre-filter should be changed or cleaned. If this does not improve the flow rate then the hollow fiber ultra filtration filter needs to be backflushed or replaced.

Q. How much does it weigh?

A. Without any water in it, the LifeCan weighs less than 5 pounds. 

Q. How much water does it hold? 

A. The LifeCan holds 5 gallons of water. 

Q. When will I receive my LifeCan?

A. The LifeCan orders will be shipping by February of 2014. 

Q. Can I choose where my donated LifeCan goes?

A. You will be able to choose the region of the world that your LifeCan goes, Africa, Asia, South, Central, and North America. Following the campaign we will allow you to choose from our list.  We are carefully selecting our charity partners to ensure they are equipped to provide the simple training and maintenance for the LifeCan. There will be faith-based and other charities. Contact Ruth@simplipure.com if you feel your charity is a good fit. We're confident you will find a charity that matches your giving request.  Our first partner is Global Angels: "Global Angels have carefully selected their Angel Project Directors who work tirelessly on the ground to deliver safe drinking water to communities in the developing world." 

Q. Want to give a perk as a holiday gift?

A. Anytime after you sign up for a perk, email us – info@simplipure.com
and we’ll send a gift card from you describing the gift to your recipient. We have two gift card choices.

Q. Are there different colors to choose from? 

A. Blue and green.

Q. Are there different sizes to choose from? 

A. The LifeCans ordered on Indiegogo will be 5-gallon cans illustrated in the project and demonstrated in the video. We hope to develop different sizes and products as the business develops. 

Q. What all is included? 

A. A complete, operable unit is included. The 5-gallon can, the pump, the hollow fiber ultra filtration membrane, the nozzle, and the pre-filter.

Q. Will there be an instruction manual included? 

A. Yes, we will include instructions for operation, cleaning, maintenance, and applications. 

Q. Will there be an extra filter included?

A. The Recreational User pledge level will include two additional pre-filters and two additional hollow-fiber ultra filtration membrane filters. Replacement filters will be available for purchase through our website. 

Q. What will the LifeCan not take out? 

A. No portable, affordably priced filtration system can filter out salt water or heavy concentrations of petroleum based chemicals, heavy metals, or other potentially toxic contaminants but proper use will allow the LifeCan to produce safe drinking water in almost any situation. 

Q. What testing has been done on the product? 

A. We have spent a considerable amount of time and money to send the LifeCan around the world to test it in recognizable locations that are known to be contaminated. The videos included here and on our website are real footage of the LifeCan in use, and the results are visible. Our team members John and Rawan are alive and well, and they drank from some of the most contaminated water in the world. 

Q. What tests have been run? 

A. Critical elements of the LifeCan, the hollow-fiber ultra filtration membrane has passed performance testing by Environmatrix according to EPA and NSF Protocol P231, which is the WHO (World Health Organization) standard. 

Q. What will the t-shirt look like?

A. We are currently designing the t-shirt to look sleek and include Project LifeCan

Risks and Challenges

While LifeCan is a technologically advanced, custom designed filtration system, it is constructed from off the shelf components. With these components delays can occur in production. With that, we have secured sourcing agreements for all of the components and we do not anticipate any production issues.

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