Hydros Bottle - Filtering Water Bottle with Side Fill Port Blue - 16 oz.
Hydros Bottle Filtering Water Bottle with Side Fill Port Blue is designed to reduce chlorine, chloramine and particulates to improve the taste and quality of potable tap water. The Hydros Filtering Water Bottle with Side Fill Port is the only water bottle on the market with a patent-pending Fast Flo Filter that filters water on entry. Hydros Filtering Water Bottles can be filled using a regular tap or water fountain in 20 seconds. A cost-effective alternative to bottled water, on average, four Hydros Filters save $600 annually.
Don't wait around for your water, Hydros Bottle's patent pending Fast Flow Filter fills your bottle in less than 15 seconds. Traditional pitcher filters can take up to 2 minutes to fill and other bottles require that you suck, squeeze or pump, Not Hydros Bottle Filtering Water Bottle! Get filtered water on the go, fast. Ever wonder why your water bottle gets that earthy smell? It's bacteria, of course. Every filter in Hydros Filtering Water Bottle is embedded with a natural anti-microbial that helps to prevent the build-up of bacteria. To be sure you get a full fill everytime, now you can fill Hydros Filtering Water Bottle at even the lowest pressure water fountains and taps! Hydros Bottle Filtering Water Bottle is durable and dishwasher safe. A short visit to the top rack of your dishwasher will keep your Hydros Bottle clean!
Hydros Filtering Water Bottles are made with Tritan Plastic and are BPA free. What are BPA and Phthalates? BPA and Phthalates are chemicals that have been used in the production of plastics. These chemicals have been found to affect the hormones in humans and can lead to neurological issues, obesity and pose severe health risks to children, especially babies.
The Global Water Crisis
Almost one billion people around the world—that’s one in seven people—do not have access to clean water. Although fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, the global water crisis is caused not by a lack of water, but by a lack of access.
Facts about the Crisis
- The global water crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through weapons.
- 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease. 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 - 14.
- Most illnesses in the world are caused by fecal matter in water.
- 4,900 children perish each day from diarrhea. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
- Half of the world's hospital beds at any given time are occupied by patients suffering from a water-borne disease.
- 884 million people lack access to safe water sources, approximately 1 in 8 people.
- In parts of Africa, women spend as much as eight hours collecting water. The average distance walked by women in Africa in search of water is 6 kilometers a day.
How Hydros Chooses Water Projects
The World Bank is one of the major sources of funding for water projects and builds projects through private partners. These partners have continually left communities worse off than they began by building large dams that are not maintained and are disconnected from the community. Many times price increases are pushed onto communities that can't afford them. These types of water projects are all too common but Hydros is looking to change this.
In order to establish a plan to solve the water crisis Hydros has established criteria for "Sustainable Development". This is the criteria that Operation Hydros uses for every one of its water projects.
Sustainable Development Criteria:
Community Involvement - In order for Operation Hydros projects to succeed, communities must be highly organized and motivated to contribute to the project. All projects should demonstrate that the community has been actively involved in development of the project proposal.
Small Scope - The project must be within a reasonable scope to be completed by a group of program volunteers. They typically collaborate with small communities (100-5,000 residents) on projects that cost between $5,000 and $100,000 to implement.
Open Access - The proposed project should be openly accessible to all members of the community regardless of race, religion, or social standing.
Long-term Commitment – Operation Hydros requires that both the implementing organization and the communities they work with commit to a minimum five year partnership.
Financial Independence – The communities they work with must demonstrate the ability to fiscally sustain the project once it has been implemented. While Operation Hydros contributes funding for the project implementation, it is the community’s responsibility to create a fund for ongoing maintenance. For example, a community wishing to implement a water project must demonstrate the ability to create a water committee which will collect monthly fees from community members for maintenance and repair costs. Without the ability to maintain the infrastructure, projects will never succeed.
The True Cost Of Bottled Water
Bottled water comes at a price.
Last year, consumers spent fifteen billion dollars on bottled water. However, bottled water’s economic cost is less menacing than its innumerable environmental costs. Last year, people dumped thirty-eight billion water bottles into landfills worldwide. Bottled water production consumes over one thousand times more energy than tap water. Bottled water production also consumes water itself: to produce one liter of bottled water, one must use up three liters of tap water. According to the Pacific Institute, from start to finish bottled water consumes between 1100 and 2000 times more energy than does tap water.
The unreal facts of bottled water:
Sixty million plastic bottles end up in American landfills daily.
Thirty-eight billion water bottles are discarded into landfills every year.
Last year, consumers spent $15 billion on disposable bottled water.
Bottling water has produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
It takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water.
Consumers use 1.5 million tons of plastic for water bottles each year; less than 5% of this plastic waste is recycled.
You can get approximately 450 gallons of tap water for the price of one bottled water.
Producing the bottles for American consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation.
Hydros wants to help.
Do your part to stop disposable water bottle pollution. Instead of paying for expensive disposable water bottles, filter your water at a nearby tap. You can use your Hydros Bottle to save water—and money—wherever. One Hydros Filter saves two hundred bottles from landfills!
Hydros: A Startup Story
Back in Spring 2009, Jay and Aakash decided to start Hydros at 4am in the basement of a University of Pennsylvania study hall. The two undergraduates were busy writing a business plan for the Dell Social Innovation Competition, due in just 8 short hours. Their idea: sell a filtering water bottle to raise money for global water projects and rid the world of plastic bottled water.
After finishing as semifinalists in the competition, they ran into Winston who arranged the company's financing and brought a seasoned group of entrepreneurs on to the company's Board. The three walked away from their future jobs and set out to develop the first prototype with the technical help of their friends at Innova Dynamics, Inc. Prototype in hand, they found manufacturing partners (made locally in the US) and the first retailers.