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5 Simple Ways to Protect Our Waters
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Wherever you are in the world, people need water to survive. 70% of the world is covered by water but only 2.5% of it is fresh. Depending on the region, some people flush out freshwater, while others are in drought and living in pollution. There are roughly 1.8 billion people in the world who don’t have access to safe drinking water, causing nearly 3.4 million deaths each year. A few simple adjustments in your daily routine can help make a difference in the water crisis:

Take shorter showers
3 out of 4 Canadian adults take 5 minutes long showers, using roughly 2 billion litres of water a day. Something as simple as shortening your shower to 3 minutes, can easily save 800 million litres of water a day, which equals to about 24 billion litres a month!

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Don’t leave the water running in the kitchen
When washing the dishes, fill up one side of the sink to scrub your dirty dishes, and then quickly rise out on the other side. When rinsing fruits and vegetables, do it in a big bowl or pan to avoid water waste.

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Dispose chemicals properly
Try to prevent any chemicals from going down your drain or toilet – whether it’s cleaning up paint, car oil, or flushing down expired medication.

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Pick up after your pets
Pet waste left on the ground can run down the sewage drains, spreading bacteria and contaminating our water.

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Avoid using fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides
These chemicals can absorb into our groundwater and surface water, which can cause pollution in rivers also affecting the marine habitat.

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Here at Acuva we believe that everyone should have access to safe drinking water. Drinking water can easily become contaminated with microbial pathogens such as bacteria, protozoa and viruses. This drove our team to design water purification systems with advanced technology of UV-LED disinfection.  Not only that, but our modules also benefit the environment. One system effectively reduces the need for 1.2 million single-use plastic water bottles in its lifetime, thus making a difference in the war against plastic waste. We encourage OEMs operating in this industry to connect with us by calling 1-800-980-8810 or emailing info@acuvatech.com — help spread our technology into the world by providing safe, clean drinking water and a more sustainable environment!


How Acuva is helping to make Plastic Free July a reality around the world
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Just as it is across the globe, Plastic Free July is a big deal for Acuva Technologies. 

Last year, more than 120 million people in 177 countries took part in the challenge to reduce plastic waste, with a global IPSOS survey revealing that nearly a third of respondents were aware of the campaign, and almost half of those chose to take part. At the same time, a recent Globe and Mail story reveals that 56 percent of Canadians surveyed support a total ban on single-use plastics.

One of Plastic Free July’s most popular and prominent tips involves using reusable water bottles to avoid single-use plastic. Across most of Canada, where clean drinking water flows freely and safely from public taps and drinking fountains, this is a perfectly viable option. But what about those countries where water isn’t always safe to drink? What about those parts of Canada where boil-water advisories are still in effect? What about the more than 2 billion people who, according to the World Health Organization, consume contaminated water?

That’s where Acuva comes in. Our Arrow and Eco systems have provided safe drinking water to many recreational Marine and RV customers, as well as remote and off-grid homes. They can trust the water from their taps, knowing that is has been safely treated with UV. It makes for a much more convenient and sustainable alternative to carrying single-use plastic water bottles during their travels. 

In addition, our Strike platform ensures health and safety by purifying drinking water with microbial disinfection rates as high as 99.9999 percent. Its slim and compact form-factor enables easy integration into a wide array of consumer and commercial OEM appliances, including water coolers, dispensers and fountains. 

In the Philippines, for instance, we are playing a leading role in the provision of safe drinking water and the reduction of plastic waste. In March, we partnered with the country’s largest manufacturer of drinking fountains and water dispensers, Kooler Industries, to help protect the health and safety of everyone who uses the thousands of Kooler units in schools, shopping malls, restaurants, factories and resorts. The initial order of 5,000 UV-LED water disinfection modules is helping Filipinos prevent an estimated 6 billion bottles from ending up in garbage dumps and landfills — and in the stomachs of whales and other wildlife — by turning to safe water fountains instead of single-use containers. 

Every step forward matters. Global consumption of bottled water is growing by as much as 10 percent each year, with an estimated 35 billion plastic bottles being landfilled, littered, or incinerated instead of recycled. This puts unnecessary stress on landfills and the environment while wasting upwards of $1 billion worth of reusable plastic, which take up to 700 years to decompose. 

With just one Acuva system capable of eliminating as many as 1.2 million plastic water bottles over its lifetime, we are proud to be making a difference in the war against plastic waste. At the same time, organizations like Ban the Bottle are committed to eliminating the production and circulation of plastic water bottles. Check out its website, which is full of facts, tools, and resources to help you take action. 

On that note, we encourage innovation-minded original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) operating in this industry in developing countries — or anywhere else for that matter — to connect with us by calling 1-800-980-8810 or emailing info@acuvatech.com.

2017 Year In Review: A Note From Our CEO
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2017 has been a monumental growth year for Acuva, one we’re especially proud of. With change comes challenge, but also achievement; as we look back on the past twelve months, there is much to celebrate, and we’re excited to share some of our accomplishments with you as we look ahead to a new year filled with exciting opportunity.

 

New Products

Acuva exists to transform the way we think about and drink water. Considerable time, thought, and resources went into fine-tuning our proprietary technology before debuting our original suite of UV-LED water purification systems. However, keeping pace with evolving technologies and protecting our reputation as a global leader in water purification requires an unwavering growth mindset. Our team has this in spades.

Our goal is, and always has been, to deliver industry-leading solutions that respond to our customers’ needs and position us to provide safe, clean water to people around the world. Thanks to advancements in LED technology, this year alone we’ve successfully doubled our products’ performance to provide the same level of disinfection with half the UV-LEDs.

Your feedback also inspired us to completely reimagine our 1L unit. In September, we launched the Eco Water Purifier, a system as compact as it is powerful. The Eco is a smart, portable system whose applications we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of.

 

New Relationships

Early on, we recognized an opportunity to provide an eco-friendly alternative for RVs, boats, and cabins beyond bottled water or unreliable filtration techniques. Staying connected to these customer communities has helped us refine our technology in a way that suits their lifestyles and breeds trust. We’ve especially enjoyed connecting with influential members of the RVing market; endorsement from trusted sources like RV Geeks has improved awareness of our UV-LED technology and purification systems and we truly appreciate their support.

Although major cities including Vancouver and Paris have taken notice and invested in municipal-level UV water purification, we wanted to make our technology accessible to the residential market, too. In October we showcased our products at the Vancouver Fall Home Show, and look forward to exploring this opportunity further in 2018.

Demand for our product is growing; to continue to deliver on our promise of removing harmful microbial pathogens, we maintain positive, professional relationships with original equipment manufacturers and a growing group of distributors.

 

New Faces

The most valuable part of this business is the team we’ve built around it. Acuva’s successes this year—from developing IP to filing for 10 patents and getting our product to market—are due to the dedication and skill of our talented group of sales, operational, and technical professionals. I would like to take a moment to congratulate all of our team members on their hard work and help in transforming the water purification industry.

 

New Horizons

I immigrated to Canada from India with a goal to support a product that would positively impact the lives of people in my home country and beyond. Growing up in India meant I saw firsthand what is advertised in the media: that waterborne illness and disease is the world’s leading cause of death. Each year, 3.4 million lives are lost, and I’m proud to be at the head of a business that can drastically reduce these numbers by providing water free of harmful pathogens.

Our vision is and always has been to develop a technology that could scale to solve our planet’s global water crisis. Water is a basic human necessity, and we believe everyone deserves safe, clean drinking water. In 2018, we look forward to exploring opportunities to take our technology in the direction of this vision.    

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Sincerely,

Manoj Singh

The Five W’s of Water Purification
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More than 50% of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people battling waterborne illness and disease.

Water purification is a simple and effective way to prevent a hospital visit and protect yourself and your loved ones from the health risks of consuming contaminated water.

Before investing in a water purification system for your home, RV, or other off-grid application, it’s important to understand what water purification is, how it works, and why it matters to you.

 

What is purified water?

Purified water is free of chemicals and other contaminants. Purification involves running water through a specially designed system before it touches your glass. Today’s consumers can choose from a variety of purification methods: reverse osmosis (RO), carbon filtration, and UV-LED disinfection are just a few examples. However, each of these water purification technologies have specific benefits and drawbacks you’ll want to familiarize yourself with.

 

Why should you purify water?

Contrary to popular belief, the way that water looks, smells, and even tastes is an unreliable indicator of quality or drinkability. Because microbial pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoa are invisible to the naked eye, they will often go undetected without the help of a water purification system.

Left untreated, these microbes will begin to rapidly reproduce and, if consumed, overwhelm your immune system’s ability to fight back. This then opens the door to waterborne illness and disease.

 

Who should purify water?

In short: everyone. Because we are in the midst of a global freshwater crisis, third world countries and developed nations alike alike need to be aware of the threats posed by potential contaminants. Increasingly, urban centres including New York, Vancouver, and Paris are using ultraviolet (UV) water purification, offering residents peace of mind their residential drinking water is safe to consume. That said, the greatest assurance comes when water is purified at the point of use—in this case, immediately before drinking.  

 

Where should you purify water?

Whether you’re on the road, at home, or at work, if you’re drinking water, you should always consider where your water is coming from and take measures to keep that water as safe and clean as possible.

 

When should you purify water?

Water purification is highly recommended whenever you are concerned with or questioning water quality. Typically, most developed nations have governing bodies who regulate, test, and monitor municipal water sources; however, there are still cases when potability may compromised:

 

  • Water in the wild. Lakes, streams, and rivers are at risk of contamination from polluted agricultural or other runoffs. These natural sources may also be prime breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses.

  • Campground and RV hookups. When traveling, you’re often forced to rely on water sources of unknown origin or quality. Water purification offers added protection when filling your holding tank.

  • Boil-water advisories. These public health advisories issued by government or local health authorities signal a potential or confirmed contamination issue. If a boil-water advisory is issued in your area, make sure to follow the recommendations.

  • Foreign countries. Living like a local need not involve sipping unfiltered water, particularly in countries with known water safety issues. Often, water in foreign countries is not suitable for visitors

  • After natural disaster strikes. Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes… all of these have the potential to compromise your home’s tap water. Even a power outage can slow water pressure to the point pathogens and other microorganisms start to take shelter.


At Acuva, our hope and future vision is a world where everyone has access to safe drinking water. Advancements in technology, accessibility, affordability, and awareness help move us closer to realizing this goal.

Introducing the NEW Acuva Eco Purifier
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At Acuva, we believe a well-designed product is one that offers a real solution to a real problem. Over the years, we’ve spent countless hours chatting to boat, RV, and cottage owners, learning more about their drinking water habits, likes, dislikes, and values.

These conversations inspired our suite of Arrow purifiers. Each system offers a complete water purification solution that is energy efficient, low maintenance, and environmentally friendly.

Today, we are proud to introduce you to the newest addition to our product line-up: the Acuva Eco Purifier.

Designed for Real Life

Success, for us, is about keeping our customers at the heart of our business. Your feedback helped us reimagine our 1L unit’s shape and size, resulting in a smarter, sleeker way to access clean drinking water.

You told us you value trust, and we listened.

We understand how important it is to have peace of mind that the water you serve your friends and family truly is safe to drink. You should never have to question or doubt its cleanliness or quality.

For years, we’ve delivered trusted water purification systems, and the Eco Purifier is no exception. By leveraging the latest in UV-LED technologies, we’ve raised the bar when it comes to safety standards, producing a unit to help you confidently enjoy the great outdoors.

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You told us you value convenience, and we listened.

We’ve designed the Eco Purifier to be durable, low maintenance, and easy on the eye. The system installs alongside your existing tap, offering a seamless integration that won’t clutter your space.

Not sure when your water is ready to drink? The Eco Purifier’s intelligent light indicator makes it easy: a blue light means your system is up, running, and ready to serve clean, fresh-tasting water. 

You told us you value space, and we listened.

At only 9.9” x 3.6” x 1.6”, the Eco Purifier is our smallest form factor yet.

We understand space on board your boat and RV is limited. Designing our product with compactness in mind allows you to reclaim space previously reserved for bulky water storage tanks and flats of bottled water.

Purpose built to fit below your sink, the Eco Purifier eliminates the need for alternative water purification techniques and technologies.

You told us you value performance, and we listened.

The Eco Purifier has a flow rate of 1L (or 0.25 gallons) per minute. Put another way, that works out to two 16oz water bottles every 60 seconds.

We’ve been working behind the scenes with our LED supplier to build ultra-efficient water purification systems. Incorporating new, more powerful LEDs means our system achieves the same result with fewer lights. This not only reduces the unit’s size, but also its power requirements. Unlike UV lamps, our patented UV-LED technology does not require you to keep the system running at all times; instead, the system is only activated when you turn the faucet on, providing purified water on demand.

Our Eco Purifiers are now available--click here to bring one with you on your next adventure.