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World’s first COVID-19-safe water purifier arrives in PH

January 14, 2022 - Friday 11:01 AM by Hermes Joy Tunac

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A global leader in home and workplace hydration solutions Waterlogic is looking to transform drinking water in the Philippines with the world’s first COVID-19-safe water purifier, the Aqua SmartGuard.

Waterlogic recently launched its new and exclusive line of Aqua SmartGuard water purifiers in the country to offer Filipino families a healthier and safer way to get their drinking water. 

“Every day we find new and better ways to protect ourselves and our families from the COVID-19 virus. Bringing Aqua SmartGuard purifiers to the Philippines is our way of encouraging Filipinos to leave no stone unturned when it comes to their families’ health and safety,” said Windy Goffe-Gomez, Aqua SmartGuard Philippines chief operating officer.

Waterlogic provides trusted and reliable water service to over 50 million households and offices in more than 70 countries to date. Its latest innovation, Aqua SmartGuard, uses smart technology to ensure cleaner and safer drinking water compared to traditional water coolers. 

This innovative range of “cube” purification units features Firewall UVC Technology and BioCote Antimicrobial Surface Protection to keep the water from bacteria, viruses, contaminants, and unpleasant tastes and odors. More importantly, these state-of-the-art technologies work together to prevent the COVID-19 virus from contaminating the water. 

Patented purification technology

The Aqua SmartGuard water purifiers adopt a patented and most-advanced Firewall UVC technology to guarantee up to 99.99 percent protection against bacteria, viruses and cysts such as salmonella, E.coli and the COVID-19 virus. In addition, the water purifier features a unique quartz double helix that ensures targeted light waves reach each drop of water at the point of dispense for utmost purification.

The patented UVC Firewall acts as a barrier to prevent pathogens from infecting the water. Water flows up and down through the Firewall, exposing it to the UVC light and freeing it from harmful bacteria as soon as it leaves the nozzle.

 Besides alcohol and disinfectants, more Filipinos have turned to ultraviolet (UV) solutions to make sure their homes and things they use are safe from COVID-19. Studies have shown that UV light, specifically UVC or the third type of UV ray in the ultraviolet spectrum, effectively reduces pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms such as bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.[1] UVC works by altering the structure and molecular bonds of microbes’ DNA, preventing them from moving or multiplying. Among the three types of UV rays, UVC radiation requires the shortest amount of time -- only a few seconds -- to kill bacteria and viruses.

When it comes to purifying water, UVC works best with mechanical filtration systems to make sure that the purification process will yield safe and healthy drinking water. This is where the Firewall systems come in. 

 A team of microbiologists from the University of Arizona led by Dr. Charles P Gerba recently tested the Firewall against COVID-19. The rigorous tests reveal the Firewall inactivates the COVID-19 virus by 99.9999 percent. 

 

 BioCote: Additional protection from the outside 

 In homes and offices, utilizing traditional dispensers is a point transfer for viruses and bacteria by mere touch of the machine’s body and buttons. For further protection, Aqua SmartGuard features an antimicrobial defense, the BioCote, on its surfaces, including the purification unit’s outer shell, dispensing buttons, nozzles and tray.

Exclusive to Aqua SmartGuard units, BioCote uses silver ion technology that keeps microbial cells from growing on the cube’s external surfaces. As a result, it significantly decreases the presence of microbes on the machine in just 15 minutes and reduces up to 99.5 percent of bacteria within just 2 hours. 

Unlike other antimicrobial additives, the active agent in BioCote cannot be washed or rubbed off as it is infused during the manufacturing process and is therefore chemically bonded to the material. As a result, BioCote is able to provide continuous and long-lasting protection throughout the product’s life span.

 

Unrivaled water purity and security

 In addition to its Firewall UVC and BioCote technologies, the Aqua SmartGuard purification unit features a carbon filter that removes particles that give the water a bad taste and odor while leaving the necessary and healthy minerals. It can capture particles 1 micron in size and can substantially reduce chlorine and other contaminants in the water.

This high-performance carbon filter is made from sustainably sourced coconut shell, making the product eco-friendly. 

Besides its innovative technologies and features, the Aqua SmartGuard by Waterlogic has been recognized and certified by international health organizations such as the Water Quality Association (WQA) and the Water Regulatory Advisory Scheme (WRAS) (). It also meets ISO 9001 and Energy Star standards.

“First in the Philippines and Asia, Aqua SmartGuard’s COVID-19-safe water purification units make a good addition to the Filipino household or even the workplace, protecting families and employees and championing health and hygiene at home or at work,” said Goffe-Gomez.

Aqua SmartGuard by Waterlogic opened its first stores at Trinoma, Greenbelt 1, and SM Megamall last December 2021. Aqua SmartGuard’s countertop unit is now available in metallic silver, and its freestanding version will also launch this year.

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