Village Bucket Water Filters

Cleans water & makes it safe for drinking, taking medications, preparing food. Removes bacteria & protozoa at 99.999% rate. No chemicals.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

CNZ Investments Pty

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • Less than $1k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Free State province North West province Kwa-Zulu Natal province


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Mainly for use by communities who use non-purified water from rivers, dams, boreholes and harvested rain water. It provides clean water in homes /schools/ crèches / clinics for drinking, cooking and hand-washing. Also for use for disaster relief when clean water services have been disrupted. UNICEF: 663 million families do not have access to improved water sources & 800 children under 5 years, die from water & sanitation-related issues daily

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Cleans water to make it safe for drinking and preparing food Provides families with clean and safe water daily Removes germs, bacteria, protozoa or cysts Exceeds EPA standards with removal rate of 99.9999% of bacteria which cause Cholera, Botulism, Typhoid, Amoebic Dysentery (E coli, Coliform Bacteria, Streptococcus, Salmonella). Also removes Protozoa, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Cycospora SABS SANS 241: 2011 (Edition 1) compliant Easy to use with use any plastic bucket or plastic bottle No use of chemicals Fast water flow: supplies 1 litre every 2 minutes Easy maintenance, no parts to be replaced Lasts for 10 years

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Benefits: -Saves Time for rural wonem to clean waterby pouring bleach & waiting for 12 hours before use, or get fuel (wood/cow-dung) to boil water before use -Saves Money -Improves Health -Reduce sicknesses from use of unclean water (less trips to clinics; reduced absence from work or school) -Reduced stomach problems / diarrhoea; -Nutrition value of food increases by 40% from cooking with clean water

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1. Direct sales to families through Independent Distributing Agents (who own their own enterprises and we give them product & business training) = 30% 2. Applications and requests for sponsorship from private companies, for families who are unable to afford the Bucket Filters = 70%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Cleans water while removing harmful germs No maintenance parts Lasts for 10 years Chemical free

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Drought in the country in 2015-2016 and struggles faced by rural communities during that time. This sparked my search for solutions to enhance living standards for our people. The Bucker Filter product also complements our Sun Oven cooker appliances and solar lighting products we market & distribute

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact


Join the conversation:


no detail is provided, otherwise idea is good. I have made certain filters which removes all contaminations with no energy.

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Could you tell me more about your filters, RAJIV GUPTA ?
I'm looking into rainwater filters for my project, any chance you would be willing to discuss a possible partnership or tell me more about your filter? Email me at:

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Hi Wilson, Thanks for yout interest. I will certainly in-box you & send you more info & details

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thanks for the feedback.
Our filter does not use chemicals or energy of any kind. It has a micro-filter which removes all the soil sediment as well as 99.999% of all harmful pathogens, making the water safe to drink & cook with.

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Hey Ninky 
Your bucket filter looks strangely familiar, I swear I must have seen it somewhere. I guess that's a good thing?
Anyways, I'm looking into rainwater filters for my project, any chance you would be willing to discuss a possible partnership or tell me more about this filter? Email me at:

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I could not understand the kind of a problem you are tying to solve

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Hi Steven.
The problem being solved is that of unclean / untreated water from rivers, wells, boreholes etc. which especially rural dwellers have to use as it is, resulting in various health problems and high infant mortality.