Manoj Bhargava, owner of HANS Premium Water and 5-Hour ENERGY in Farmington Hills, is tackling one of the most pressing issues in the world today — the lack of sustainable fresh water due to climate change, industrial development, and population growth.
He has developed a solution he plans to largely give away.
“Globally, at least a billion people are running out of fresh water, and most of the water in the U.S. is contaminated,” says Bhargava. “Brackish (salt-contaminated) wells and polluted water sources are pretty much everywhere. So, there’s actually no shortage of water, just a shortage of clean water.”
Through Bhargava’s Stage 2 Innovations, the team developed the HANS Premium Water (HPW) device. This dishwasher-sized machine is a modular, efficient, affordable solution that makes useless water useful at a flow rate capable of supplying a single-family home or building with clean water.
It can also be linked together to supply entire villages or farms. Not only does it remove contaminants, it also eliminates waste from plastic bottles and can recycle up to 80 percent of home and industry greywater.
“Our mission is to invent solutions for the poorest third of the world,” says Bhargava. “Over the next decade, we expect to give away $1 billion worth of HPW devices to those who need it most.”
The device is available for purchase in the United States, including through Culligan Water. Sales to commercial customers will subsidize even more clean water machines for the poor. “I believe that it’s a duty for those who have wealth to become servants of those who have too little,” he says.
The HPW system represents one of the most disruptive device in water treatment in 50 years.
With a mission to inspire those who want to improve the world to work on practical solutions, other projects Bhargava’s team is working on include a device to provide free electricity to the poor, a promising therapy for Alzheimer’s, and a free system that allows poor farmers to make their own fertilizer.
The inventor says he has many other useful gadgets in the works. “We don’t do cool, entertaining, or convenient, just useful,” he says.
For more information, visit HANSclimate.com.