Waterbackpack PAUL

Prof. Franz-Bernd Frechen

WaterBackPack PAUL is a community water filter system.

Product description Brand name and product description

WaterBackPack PAUL (Potable Aqua Unit for Living) is a 20 kg transportable small-scale water purification system designed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. F.-B. Frechen to serve several families or a small village. This product was developed primarily for humanitarian responses. The filtration capacity of the system ranges from 1,200  L/day to 5,000 L/day, and it can provide drinking water capacity for up to 400 people. The system has a gravity-driven ultrafilter membrane with the ability to remove bacteria and viruses up to 99.99% i.e. log 4.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Africa, Asia and The Americas.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

As of 2020, WaterBackPack PAUL systems have been implemented in 85 countries. In most cases the product has been donated by local or international organizations such as: Welthungerhilfe, Probono, Shanti Leprahilfe and many more. This product is also available at the online market India Mart.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The unit price provided by Prof. Franz-Bernd Frechen is 1,730  USD (1,600 € )Converted of  May 2020 However, the total cost is estimated to be 3,700 USD (3,400€ ) including capital, operational, and maintenance cost for over 10+ years.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.
SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6 : Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Small communities, schools, hospitals, and corporate houses.

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