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Bringing Safe Drinking Water To Developing Countries

The KOHLER Clarity project aims to address limited access to a basic of human need – safe drinking water, which 1 in 4 people worldwide lack.

Bringing Safe Drinking Water To Developing Countries


April 6th, 2016

During its research on ways to provide safe drinking water to everyone around the world, American company KOHLER, best known for its plumbing products, discovered that the performance and design of water filters in developing nations could be improved in many ways.

It sought the help of its team of industrial designers and engineers, while leveraging on its WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) signature expertise. By building a better water filtration system, the company envisioned a world where safe drinking water would soon be available to all.


The resulting product, KOHLER Clarity, removes disease- and illness-causing infectious agents and turbidity in water. Its standards comply with the interim-level requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO). The system filters up to 40-litres of water each day, a sufficient amount for a small family.


The vessel has been segmented into two parts – an 11-litre Treatment Tank (to store unfiltered water) and a 12-litre Safe Storage (to store safe drinking water). A substantial space in between both parts prevents re-contamination.

The design also considers utmost efficiency through the ease of transportation, assembly, usability and maintenance. Colours of the product were deliberately kept simple for universal acceptance across cultures. The team also visited India to conduct live testings in the field prior to its release.


“Business success doesn’t matter much if we can’t say we left the world a better place than we found it,” says David Kohler, President and CEO. For more on KOHLER Clarity, watch this video.

KOHLER Clarity

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