Something a Heart Went Into

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Something a Heart Went Into

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Monday, April 16, 2012 - 3:00pm

Keith Lampi is one of the founders of Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI), the first company to commercialize forward osmosis water purification/separations technology for industrial as well as consumer applications.

The HydroPack™ evolved from HTI’s work with the U.S. military and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and their need for a hydration solution that can take any water anywhere and make it safe to drink.

The goal of the HydroPack™ pilot project in Mudimbia, Kenya, in late January 2011 was to demonstrate how the technology can be used in an emergency relief situation.

“You want to provide something that really works,” says Lampi, chief operating officer for HTI.  “And the only way to get an assessment if there's a real benefit is to let people use it in the setting they live in and get their feedback.”

HTI partnered on the Western Kenya project with the Kenya Water for Health Organization (KWAHO).

“If you really want to influence the life of somebody, you need to understand that person,” says Lojomon K. Biwott, retired commission, board member and treasurer for KWAHO. “So knowledge is absolutely important and it should be two-way. It's not only the intervention from outside but also what the communities have to contribute.”

Adds Lampi: “We want them to believe they had input...that the HydroPack™ was made to meet their needs and it's something that more than a technology went into, it's something that a heart went into.”

This is the ninth in a series of videos on the Kenya project developed by Eastman, HTI and Uber-London.

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