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Meet PAUL - the Portable Aqua Unit for Lifesaving

Philippines Update

PAUL units being unloaded in the Philippines
PAUL units being unloaded in the Philippines

The devastation left when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013 contaminated the water supply across nine regions of the Philippines, presenting an immediate and long term need for clean water to prevent illness and death. All of the Lion's PAUL original units plus an additional 50 have been on the ground since November.

The PAUL units have been supplemented by smaller 20 litre Lifesaver Jerrycan units, which are better for smaller groups of people and where the water supply is further away. The Jerrycans use a similar filtration system to the PAUL units and can clean up to 20,000 of contaminated water before needing maintenance.

You can find out more about how Lions Clubs International has helped in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on the Lions Clubs International Foundation website

The PAUL Unit

In February 2012 an initiative was launched at the annual South-East Lions Convention to provide PAUL units for use in disasters.

Following recent disasters in Haiti and Japan, it was clear that immediately after the disaster a temporary supply of safe drinking water is needed, as normal supplies are often contaminated, causing illness and death if used.

PAUL weighs 20kg and can be carried to location on an individual's back or dropped by helicopter or parachute, Once in place PAUL can produce 1,200 litres of clean drinking water from contaminated water, without using chemicals or electricity. The contaminated water is simply poured in the top and after 10 to 15 minutes clean, safe drinking water becomes available, with a whole tank taking approximately 3 hours to produce.

To clean the water, PAUL has a membrane filter with pore diameters of about 0.04 microns that remove over 99.99% of bacteria and pathogens. A single PAUL unit will operate for months without maintenance in a disaster zone and has an expected life of 10 years.

Cranleigh Lions are delighted to have bought one PAUL unit as part of the initiative. It will located in Germany with other PAUL units, ready to deploy anywhere in the world when disaster strikes.

The portability of the PAUL water cleaning unit being demonstrated
The portability of the PAUL water cleaning unit being demonstrated