Island Entrepreneurs purify the Water
With the initiative of some young Rapanui entrepreneurs, the residents and visitors of the Island are now able to enjoy purified water through modern technology, which is considered better tasting and healthier than that from the pipes.
From the three firms: Vai Nativa collects and purifies rainwater which is then sold in glass. In the Chilean Premium Water competition of 2017, they received a diploma for “Bio-innovation Project for Easter Island” with a maximum score. The other two firms, Vai Henua and Vai Tea, purify the water of the municipal system through reverse osmosis technology, a system which softens the water and filters it with activated carbon and ultraviolet light, before bottling, and offer it in 20 liter (5 gallon) large reusable bottles. Vai Tea are also reducing the use of disposable plastic bottles offering individual returnable or reusable bottles made of stainless steel. This bottles or any other recipient can be refilled in the refill stations at several strategic points on the Island.
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