TECHNICOM Funded Technology for Accessible Potable Water
Vigan, Ilocos Sur – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), under Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) Program granted financial assistance to Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) for the implementation of the project entitled “Production of Dome Type Ceramic Water Filter”. The technology is an offshoot of previous R&D projects involving prototyping and performance testing of pot-type ceramic filter system enhanced by colloidal anti-microbial additives.
The project, headed by Dr. Blessie A. Basilia Chief Science Research Specialist of Material Science Division, ITDI, aims to test and validate field performance of the improved portable ceramic water (dome/candle type) filtration system through the production of 10,000 units. High quality ceramic material will be sourced from Vigan’s vast red clay reserve.
The dome-type ceramic pot filter system consisting of a pitcher jug with cover, traps large particles present in the water. With sufficient contact time, the anti-microbial coating applied and absorbed into the clay material acts as biocide against pathogenic microorganisms. Results of microbial tests conducted including Heterotrophic Plate Count, Coliform Test, and Test for E.coli proved that filtered water samples conforms to the Philippines National Standard for Drinking Water set by the Department of Health.
Under the TECHNICOM program, technical and financial assistance is provided in conducting pre-commercialization activities, which address technology gaps to fast track the transfer and commercialization of research results. Last October 3, 2013, representatives from TECHNICOM unit headed by Ms. Nora P. Gumia, OIC, TIPD/TAPI; Engr. Marvin Eric Dela Cruz, SRS II/TAPI; and PCIEERD’s Ms. Laarni T. Piloton, SRS II; Ms. Cristina Ilaw, SRS I; together with Mr. Jonathan Boquiron, COA attended the presentation of project accomplishment and validated actual process and optimization of ceramic filter production at Material Science Division, ITDI-DOST.
With the success of the project, potential technology adoption in identified areas will help boost local ceramic industry; more importantly, communities without access to clean and sufficient supply of potable water especially victims of calamity, can be provided with water system to gain access to such commodity that is vital resource of consumption. (Jena Kristia A. Florendo / Marvin Eric O. Dela Cruz)