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CLEAN DRINKING WATER
The Opresso does just that. It turns tap water worldwide into pure drinking water.
That is what it is all about!
Just like coffee cups that turn water into perfect coffee and the SodaStream that turns water into sparkling water, the Opresso turns ordinary tap water into deliciously healthy pure drinking water with the Safe Water Cup. The Opresso device does this with tap water anywhere in the world. The device can be adjusted per country or region according to the type of contamination.
The Opresso perfectly replaces the functions of other water converting devices, replacing the polluting and heavy plastic water bottles. One Safe Water Cup is good for 10 to 15 litres of pure drinking water. The pure drinking water is of course also the ideal basis for mixed drinks.
The Technology
The Opresso is controlled electronically. The status can be read on a LED screen that also indicates when the Safe Water Cup needs to be replaced. The replacement is quick and easy to do by opening the Blue Boll on the front of the device. The filtration of the Opresso takes place in different steps:
The pré filtratoin and treatment is flexible and adaptable, depending on tapwater quality per region/country.
The filtration ends always with the capsule filtratrion.
Capsule filtration, the Safe Water Cup definitively blocks any undesired substances that may have slipped through. The envirionmentally friendly, Safe Water Cup, should be replaced after 10 to 15 liters of pure drinking water.
New business model
The Opresso machine turns tap water into pure, safe and healthy drinking water worldwide. The Blue Boll contains the unique Opresso Cup consumable to be changed daily. The Opresso machine is the Espresso machine for fine pure drinking water. Consumables will be available both online and in-store.
No access to safe tap water
Research by the WHO in 2015 showed that 29% of the world’s population has no access to a safely managed drinking water supply. By 2022 this will be 2.6 billion people. That does not mean that the 71% who do have access to a managed drinking water supply can rely on safe water from the tap. Only a small part of the world’s water supply system is able to deliver safe and healthy drinking water.
Plastic particles in the human bloodstream
A research team from the VU University Amsterdam, led by ecotoxicologist Heather Leslie and analytical chemist Marja Lamoree, has demonstrated for the first time that plastic particles enter the human bloodstream. This Immunoplast study showed that of the plastic types, Polyethylene Terephthalate or PET was the most commonly found. PET is the raw material from which plastic water bottles are made.
Micro- and nano plastics harmful to animals
According to Marja Lamoree, analytical chemist at VU University Amsterdam, it has been shown that microplastics can cause inflammation and cell damage in animals. It is an illusion to think that animals ingest micro and nano plastics while humans do not, says Marja Lamoree.
Tap water contaminated with microplastics worldwide
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health examined 159 samples of half a liter of tap water from cities on five continents. More than 80% of the samples were found to be contaminated with microplastics. This is the first comparative study on plastic contamination of tap water in world cities. In the US, the highest degree of contamination was found, as high as 94%. In Europe the lowest but still 73%.
Where in the world is tap water safe?
Of the 195 (in 2022) countries in the world, only 36 countries have safe drinking water from the tap. Safe drinking water does not mean good drinking water, it is often chlorinated. In the Netherlands, the website waterinhetbuitenland.nl shows where it is safe to drink from the tap and where the water has a chlorine taste. Similar websites can be found in the other safe tap water countries.
Bottled water facts
Research center VITO in Belgium calculated that all LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) studies on drinking water came to the same conclusion that bottled water scored significantly worse than tap water on all environmental aspects.
The water industry would like you to believe that PET bottles are recycled. In reality only 3 out of 10 PET bottles are recycled. 7 Bottles end up on the plastic waste heap or in the ocean somewhere.
Drinking water from a bottle requires a lot of extra water to produce it. The process of making 1 liter of water in a bottle takes 3 to 6 litres.
The distrust of the quality of tap water worldwide is gratefully turned into a highly profitable marketing concept by the bottled water industry. More than one and a half billion water bottles are produced and transported every day. More than one million plastic bottles per minute, 60 million per hour, 500 billion bottles per year. These numbers are still growing fast. Together with the gigantic amount of polluting lorry movements, this means an enormous engine in CO2 production.
In the 36 countries with safe tap water, the rules are stricter than for bottled water
Dutch tap water is among the world’s best, says Luuk Rietveld, professor of drinking water at the Delft University of Technology. The water is purified and checked using the most modern techniques. Drinking water companies carry out a million quality measurements a year.
Fear of lead poisoning
Lead residues from heavy industry are purified from drinking water. This prevents young children and unborn babies from suffering brain damage. But if a house from before 1960 still has lead pipes, lead particles can still get into the tap water. It is estimated that 100,000 to 200,000 homes in the Netherlands still have lead pipes. According to Rietveld, the lead concentration can increase if water stands still in the pipes for too long. It is therefore advisable to flush the tap after a holiday, for instance.
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