Louisville Water Company prides itself on making clean, healthy drinking water accessible to all. The company’s treatment plants are among North America’s most highly rated facilities. The water is clean when it leaves the treatment plant, but between the plant and its destination, it is likely to pick up harmful chemicals or minerals along the way due to old plumbing. Materials used in plumbing up until the most recent decade are likely to leach lead into the water, which is harmful to a consumer’s health over a prolonged period of exposure.
Due to the health risks of lead-contaminated water, Louisville Water Company sought a solution for keeping their water lead-free. Schools, government facilities, and other high-traffic public buildings were the main priority for this solution. However, the answer could not be to replace all the old plumbing in these buildings since the time, materials, and manpower needed to do so would amount to thousands of dollars just for one building. Instead, Louisville Water Company wanted a quick, simple solution, and they soon developed the idea for PureSpout™ – a water filtration device that could be mounted onto an existing spout of an average drinking fountain. The immediate plan was to use the filter in schools where many young children use the same fountain.
The original design that Louisville Water Company created had multiple areas of concern, including issues with functionality and manufacturability. Ultimately, the University of Louisville referred them to 3 Space, and we were able to help them by delivering a ground-up redesign.