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Lions Projects - PAUL (Portable Aqua Unit for Lifesaving)

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.

Battle and Villages Lions, along with the other clubs in our zone (Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Uckfield and Rye) are delighted to have bought some PAUL units as part of the initiative. It will located in Germany with other PAUL units, ready to deploy anywhere in the world when disaster strikes.


England and Wales charity no. 1080347
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