Fixing a Global Problem
Every water treatment process begins with filtration, and our technology is an innovation in high volume water filtration. Our product will allow for the recovery of water that's currently wasted in huge volumes for reuse in many applications, and it can't come at a more necessary time -- aquifers are being pumped dry, and places like California and Argentina just experienced unparalleled droughts.
How Our Technology Works
We use stainless steel or polymeric screens with microscopic pore openings for microfiltration. Our product is also a chemical-free reducer of biological contaminants.
Our Product Can Immediately Improve Produce Processing
Fruit and vegetable processing uses water to wash produce coming in from the field. Without fine filtration, this water is used and then dumped. Our technology filters well into the microfiltration range, reducing the turbidity of the water to meet government requirements, allowing the water to be used again in pre-wash. In California alone, there are 49 food processors using between 1-10 million gallons of washing water per day. If we sell to just half of these processors, we'll save 125 million gallons of water per day and generate $23 million in sales.
Our Progress So Far
Formation of Original Corporation
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati form our corporation in Palo Alto, CA.
Prototype #4 Used by Cal State Fresno ICWT for Independent Testing
The tests were successful using 10 micron stainless filter screen.
Completion of Product Development
We successfully test our 5 micron stainless filter screen at a pickle producer.
Second Patent Filed
The next patent will enlarge the number of markets, cover improvements in the technology, and increase the protection of the technology.
Exhibit at the California League of Food Processors Annual Trade Show in Sacramento, CA
Most of the members of the CLFP are potential customers, so we try to maintain a membership.
Let's Save Water Together
I was introduced to the water processing industry in 2008 at the early stage of the now well-known water crisis facing the world. High-tech fever was running wild in the area of water purification while leaving all the other aspects of water processing in the dark ages. Droughts and water shortages were becoming commonplace across the globe but recovery of wastewater was not high on the list of important needs.
I was sure that I could design an innovation that would utilize the most up-to-date products available and be a forward leap in saving water. As time went by, nineteen others saw the promise of my idea and joined the effort as investors. I was encouraged by the fact that everyone volunteered to invest. I never had to ask.
Over the past nine years, five prototypes have been built and the bugs worked out of the design. By the time the patent was granted, the final design was completed and proven.
Developing a manufacturing tool is a slow process. All of the funds that we could raise were used to complete the design. But that job is done and the patent is issued. Now is the time to begin manufacturing and selling.
The technology has been widely accepted and many companies have expressed an interest in using our tool. The low cost, low maintenance, and high production rate are an easy sell.
Join us in helping the world save water. We all feel that this investment is important for our own benefit as well as for others.
Richard R. Yanda, Ph.D.