Chlorine is added to public water supplies to kill harmful bacteria and viruses.
Unfortunately it gives the water an unpleasant taste and smell, which is why most
people drink bottled or filtered water. Many types of water filters are available, most
of which include activated charcoal, which eliminates the chlorine taste. One popular product is a reusable plastic drinking bottle, which includes a replaceable charcoal filter.
It can be filled with chlorinated water, but the water that comes out is chlorine-free.
Large insulated water cooler dispensers are usually filled from a faucet or garden hose,
so the water usually contains chlorine. The patent-pending Spigot Water Filter includes
a replaceable charcoal wafer, and easily attaches to the inside portion of a spigot on a
water dispenser. Initial testing of a prototype shows that one charcoal wafer can
effectively de-chlorinate up to 100 gallons of water before needing to be replaced.
Medical studies now prove that drinking chlorinated water increases cancer risk by
93%, as well as increased risk of heart disease and many other serious health problems.
By using the Spigot Water Filter, people can fill their water coolers with tap water, and
be confident that what they drink will be safe. Since there appears to be no similar
product available, I feel there is a big market for this product, which could be
manufactured by one of several companies here in West Michigan.
What I Will Do With $5,000
The $5,000 would be used to finalize the design and make usable prototypes which
could be used by consumers, and also submitted to the NSF International testing labs for
certification of chlorine reduction capability and FDA approval. Packaging, basic graphic
design, price points, and potential marketing strategies could also be considered,
if money is available.