Solar-Powered Survivalist Device Is Flying Off the Shelves, Missouri CEO Says

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The HYDRO can purify 30-40 gallons of water in one charge. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLEN GOSSETT
  • Photo courtesy of Allen Gossett
  • The HYDRO can purify 30-40 gallons of water in one charge.

Y2K, step aside. The newest Doomsday apocalypse is upon us — whether it’s the growing threat of nuclear war with North Korea or just an ominous feeling about Monday's major solar eclipse. But survivalists mustn’t fret: A new product from company with Missouri ties is here to save the day.

Aquanetics H2o’s Solar HYDRO is a portable water purification system, which cleans contaminated fresh water to 99.9 percent purity, no electricity needed. It functions off solar power, meaning anyone with exposure to sunlight can purify 30-40 gallons of water with just one charge.

CEO Allen Gossett is based in both in Texas and Lincoln County, Missouri, just northeast of St. Louis. He says sales are up 25 to 35 percent in the recent weeks. Gossett credits a growing concern over stability — perhaps due to possible solar flares from the upcoming eclipse, power outages across the states or other external factors.

“Since the North Korea stuff you've had a continuation of failing infrastructures across the United States,” Gossett says. “I don't know what it is, but people are freaking out about the solar eclipse. With the North Korea thing and everything else, it just seems to be snowballing at this point.”

But even if people are flocking to the product out of paranoia rather than an actual threat, if something were to threaten our clean water supply, the Solar HYDRO would be incredibly useful.

Aquanetics also sells an attachment called the HYDRO WASH for purifying bathing water. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLEN GOSSETT
  • Photo courtesy of Allen Gossett
  • Aquanetics also sells an attachment called the HYDRO WASH for purifying bathing water.
“When you get down to the bare-bones of any kind of survival – if you do not have water, ... you can’t cook, you can’t perform hygiene, you can’t clean, you can’t drink, you can’t water your garden, you can’t manufacture, you can’t have fountain sodas at Hardee’s, you can’t give water to your pets,” Gossett says. “Without water it is absolutely impossible.”

The Solar HYDRO makes the dream of unlimited clean water a reality. Through a four-stage process, the portable backpack can take in murky lake water through a tube, remove the bacteria, viruses and microorganisms, and dispense the water for instant use. After prescreening the water for large debris and sticks, it goes through two internal filters and lastly is subjected to UV light.

According to Gossett, the UVC spectrum, also known as the germicidal spectrum of light, is the game-changer in terms of eradicating bacteria.

“A DNA strand looks like a corkscrew. For it to reproduce, those strands have to be connected together,” Gossett says. “Once the UVC light hits a virus, it takes that DNA strand and scrambles it up so bad that either the virus and bacteria will die, or it will keep it to where it can never reproduce ever again. Because once the DNA is scrambled, it can’t figure out a way to reconnect all the strands back together.”

Gossett’s product is able to eradicate ebola, hepatitis, cholera, typhoid fever and other scary-sounding viruses from water.

The Solar HYDRO, by Aquanetics H2o, removes bacteria, viruses and microorganisms from all fresh water sources. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLEN GOSSETT
  • Photo courtesy of Allen Gossett
  • The Solar HYDRO, by Aquanetics H2o, removes bacteria, viruses and microorganisms from all fresh water sources.

Of course, a product like this has practical implications, especially for people in developing countries. Gossett understands the impact the HYDRO could have in places where clean water is, in his words, “like gold,” which is why he partners with missionaries and community outreach groups to bring it overseas. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, his product currently exists in Honduras, Indonesia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Gossett also has a GoFundMe page to raise money for 501c3 organizations that want to bring the product to other needy communities.

But Gossett says the HYDRO is also useful in the U.S. His inspiration for the product came from polling Americans about their major concerns within their families and communities.

“We were shocked to see that 95 to 98 percent of everyone that answered that question said water,” Gossett says.

After realizing the desire for a way to ensure a consistent clean water supply, Gossett launched his Texas-based product in June of last year. He currently resides in Lincoln County and does work from this location as well.

Now one year into the launch of HYDRO, Gossett thinks people are starting to realize the dangers that come with a lack of clean water, especially because of water crises in Flint, Michigan, for example.

At $1,397, the HYDRO costs a pretty penny. Nevertheless, Gossett says compared to similar products on the market, “ours is very inexpensive.” Thanks to hospital-grade parts to ensure the highest level of sterility, the product is by nature pricey.

“We know that 1,300 bucks is not cheap,” Gossett says. “But if I told you what it cost to manufacture one of these, you’d ask me why were doing this.”

And why is he doing this? Because of the incredible need worldwide.

"You have people from the everyday mom who will use this in her house, to people who use it for recreation, to military uses, to missionaries," Gossett says. "There are so many different uses and applications that it's crazy."

Because of HYDRO's utility, Gossett doesn’t believe it will be a passing fad once the threat of nuclear war fades.

“People call us and we point out the facts,” Gossett says. “We’re not here to sell fear. We don't need to.”


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