Gallery: “Pure” Water Bottle Filters 99.9% of Bacteria with UV Light


While traveling through Zambia, Timothy Whitehead became perplexed with the issues surrounding purifying water — chlorine and iodine tablets abound, but it takes 30 minutes to finish the process and the water tastes terrible afterward. Enter his new invention, the Pure Water Bottle, which is capable of filtering soiled — completely gross and disgusting looking water — in 2 minutes flat. Whitehead used a combination of a 4 micron-sized water filter and a wind-up ultra violet light system to clean the water of 99.9% of its impurities.

Whitehead’s Pure Water Bottle was just awarded a James Dyson Award in the UK and it is now being entered into the international design competition. The bottle is about the same shape as a regular water bottle and has an inner and outer chamber. To operate, fill the outer chamber with disgusting and undrinkable H2O, insert the inner chamber, turn the crank to activate the UV sterilization, and in 120 seconds you’ve got yourself some tasty purified water that won’t kill you or make you sick.

Whitehead’s water bottle could be an essential tool for people in developing nations, back country hikers and military forces in remote places. He’s engineered his prototype to not only be functional, but also to be ready for mass manufacturing. It has been 100% scientifically proven to filter water of 99.9% of contaminants and is ready for some big company to pick up the blueprints and start pumping them into the market. Whitehead’s Pure Water Bottle looks to be perfect for the shelves of outdoor stores as well as the small villages of Africa.

+ Pure Water Bottle

Via Gizmodo


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  1. shymart July 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I want a Water Bottle Filters! Where must i find? Cost?

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  3. Alexzeya Arostegui February 21, 2014 at 1:37 am

    How do I but one? And how much?

  4. yuzhuzhu August 29, 2013 at 2:19 am


    I would love to buy one for my husband. he travels a lot for work. please email me back at:

    thank you very much


  5. hassankhayati32 November 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Dear Sir
    I’m interested in your product and would happy to know more about the details. how could I have a sample ?
    Also I send my call info,if you send an email and give us your contact info, it would be so greatfull.
    Thanks a lot for your attention.

  6. hadi1282000 July 18, 2011 at 2:22 am

    we are interested in your product and would happy to know more about the details. how could we have a sample ? also we send our call info,if you send an email and give us your contact info, it would be so greatfull.
    looking forward hearing from you soon.
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  7. taylovhorses November 30, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I would love to by one of these and would like to know how i can get one!! Please respond A.S.A.P!! It will make the perfect Christmas gift for my son!!

  8. FridayE November 29, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Interesting read for the product and comments.How do I get a sample? Am interested in making this item (if it works as claimed) available for the masses of people who have no access to portable water.

  9. Mr praful Panchal October 19, 2010 at 6:26 am

    its totaly new one and i m too much intrested in your product. for that i want your contact number and address detail with that give me the technical detail of this product and price of it. and if possible for you than please sand me one of the sample of your product and i pay for that sample.

    Our address: Plot No.24, via: ten road, opp.limbachiya wadi, at&po: bardoli-394 601, dist:surat (Gujarat, India)

    thanking you in advance
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  11. We_The_People August 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I am posting this for people to be better informed.

    I applaud the effort to use the crank charger for UV instead of general emergency lighting, and combining it with a manual pump filter makes a certain sale for all, me too.

    But what is not said here concerns the UV aspect of this.

    First, it is highly unlikely that the very short exposure time is adequate to perform the required function, but cranking it back up a couple times would accomplish this, so thats my first recommendation.

    The second recommendation is that all reading this understand that the UV only disrupts the ability for what is in the water TO REPRODUCE ONLY.

    I repeat for clarity, IT DOES NOT KILL ANYTHING !

    Allow the water to sit for the full lifetime cycle of the types of organisms known in the area it gets used, and you have safe water to drink.

    Drink it right away and you WILL still suffer from the amount of LIVE organisms that are in the water, period.

    So, two thumbs way way up for the product,
    shame on the misinforming advertising spin!

    Used properly (Multiple crank\’s, let water sit…) and this is a wonderful device. :)

    We The People
    Sun 08-08-10

  12. tincanfury August 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm
  13. taijoker August 5, 2010 at 10:24 am

    nice twist on the steripen design. but really, this is nothing new, unless he’s managed to make it significantly cheaper than the steripen classic

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