Knoxville company helps developing countries with water filters

Knoxville company helps developing countries with water filter system

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TivaWater is a Knoxville based company whose mission is to bring clean water to developing countries by equipping families with a simple filtered water system. TivaWater is a Knoxville based company whose mission is to bring clean water to developing countries by equipping families with a simple filtered water system.
"The goal all along is to provide clean water. It's not about making a lot of money. It's about clean water for these men and women," said Matt King. "The goal all along is to provide clean water. It's not about making a lot of money. It's about clean water for these men and women," said Matt King.
TivaWater works with non-governmental organizations, called NGOs, within each community. They set up franchises, hire local workers and help locals purchase their filters. TivaWater works with non-governmental organizations, called NGOs, within each community. They set up franchises, hire local workers and help locals purchase their filters.
So far, TivaWater has sold 10,000 filter systems in Uganda and in Guatemala. Those homes now have clean water to drink. So far, TivaWater has sold 10,000 filter systems in Uganda and in Guatemala. Those homes now have clean water to drink.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In sub-Saharan Africa, it's estimated that more than a billion people lack clean water to drink, causing illnesses that ripple through the African continent.

6 News traveled there in 2011 and saw the problems firsthand, chronicling our experience in our Edward R. Murrow Award-winning series "Mission to Africa."

Another group that witnessed the need did more than chronicle the experience.

Matt King is the spokesman for TivaWater, a Knoxville based company whose mission is to bring clean water to developing countries by equipping families with a simple filtered water system.

The system was developed here in Knoxville with the help of ModernTech and its 3D printer.

After six years, the company is into its second generation of filters.

TivaWater began in 2008 with a vision trip to Uganda. The company's founders, a group of social entrepreneurs, were looking for ways to engage with the people they met.

They found people drinking unfiltered, dirty water.

TivaWater works with non-governmental organizations, called NGOs, within each community. They set up franchises, hire local workers and help locals purchase their filters.

"I'm the only employee we've got in the United States, but we've got 10 to 12 employees in Uganda who are our sales team who run our retail store and do training and follow up, and so we've created quite a few jobs just by selling this filter in Uganda," said King.

So far, TivaWater has sold 10,000 filter systems in Uganda and in Guatemala. Those homes now have clean water to drink.

"The goal all along is to provide clean water. It's not about making a lot of money. It's about clean water for these men and women so they can go on with their lives and focus on education and work and other things. So they don't have to worry about the disease burden of dirty water any more," King said.

The TivaWater filter is a product that is about more than just clean water. It's also about hope, and it's made in Tennessee.

More about the TivaWater effort and how you can help is available on their website.


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