Drop it | Airdroppable Water Purification Unit

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  • Funded

    1.869 €

  • Stage goal

    12.000 €

  • to go

    12 days

Added value for the environment

The project saves or improves the areas of ...


ground, water, air


animals and plants


material and cultural assets

energy and use of resources

Resources used

The resources used are ...

produced sustainably



of regional origin

used efficiently

recycled, upcycled

renewable (e.g. energy)

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We want to transfer Technical Disaster Aid into the 21. century.


The well-being of individuals and communities is the core driver of our operations. Every year, an average of 60,000 people die out of natural disasters, while the number of injured persons is outrageous. The lost properties and lack of support perpetuate socio-economic hardship, causing both internal and external displacement of disaster victims.  

As a strategy to improve the quality of life, Disaster Relief Systems focuses on four core areas: access to disaster scenarios, information flow, access to clean water and electricity. In each core area, we aim to develop equipment standardized by design and portable for use anywhere.

We seek to achieve this not through mere capacity-building approaches, but through the concrete development and production of innovative, standardized, and low-cost devices that can accelerate the equitable distribution of resources in times of crisis. One example is our portable water filtration system (SAS-W750), which improves and accelerates access to drinking water for affected areas.

It is lighter and less expensive than similar equipment. But most importantly, it is not a rebuilt industrial device but a system developed directly with organizations based on their requirements. The components are selected, for example, according to their availability in most countries of the world. This approach is essential to ensure the constant reparability and supply worldwide.

What is the funded money used for?

25.000 € Interschutz 2021: Participation in the world's leading trade fair for rescue services, fire protection, disaster control and security
20.000 € Airdrop test of prototype
12.000 € Production of the airdrop prototype

Target: €12,000
The prototype consists of steel, pumps, hoses, filters, valves, chemically resistant plastics, gear wheels, etc. We already have access to some machines and workshops, so the €12,000 is estimated for the cost of building and components’ expenses.

Target: 8,000 €
When the prototype is finished, we want to subject it to a controlled airdrop test. The cost of transportation, airplane hiring, and test evaluation is approximately 8,000 €.

Target 5.000 €
After the prototype has been built and undergone successful tests, we would like to take part in the Interschutz – the world’s leading trade fair for disaster control technology, next year. This will involve costs for transport, accommodation, and trade fair fees.

It is time to bring technical disaster control into the 21st century. Help us to do so.
It is high we focused on innovative disaster control measures in our 21st century

Why is the project an EcoCrowd project?

The number of natural disasters that have led to a collapse of the social infrastructure of a region or an entire country has almost doubled in the last twenty years. If government prevention measures are inadequate, society’s need for emergency support grows along with it. The efforts of international humanitarian aid must adapt to these increasing demands. Disaster Relief Systems aims to increase the efficiency of humanitarian aid by providing reliable and, above all, affordable technology.

Disaster Relief Systems aims to achieve this goal through the production and provision of standardized technical equipment. Our pilot product is a mobile water treatment unit that, unlike existing units, is fully autonomous through its own propulsion system, robust enough to be dropped over an area of operation but, most importantly, uses a novel automatic filter cleaning system that makes the unit more efficient and reliable than comparable systems. In order to increase the willingness of humanitarian organizations to purchase the equipment, Disaster Relief Systems also relies on a sales model that is new in this market, whereby the equipment can be rented at low premiums. This system as a Service lowers the financial barrier to providing aid, as clients do not have to pay the high purchase price or the associated follow-up costs over many years.

Tell us something about yourself.

Currently, Disaster Relief Systems is made up of a team of five members who have combined their efforts to develop solutions for present and future humanitarian problems.

John: Project founder and leader | Industrial engineer | Old hand since 2016

Thu: Finance | Business mathematician | She provides the coal

Stephan: Product Development | Lightweight Engineer | Thanks to him, every screw is in place

Frank: Marketing and Research | MBA | He has the binoculars for foresight

Sören: Organisational Development | Telecommunications Engineer | He keeps the channels open

We think of the future, because ...

we and nature are One. Let us learn to live with our nature.



Hannover, DE





Münster, DE



Leipzig, DE




Mönchengladbach, DE









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