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case study: katadyn expedition filter japan


Katadyn Expedition filters are deployed by development agency in remote areas and rough conditions worldwide.



JICA - Japan International Cooperation Agency.
JICA`s mission is to provide inclusive and dynamic development in order to help laying the foundation for economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.
In a constantly changing environment of developing countries where a variety of issues arise simultaneously, JICA is aiming to provide creative, highly effective support, ranging from rapid aid programs over mid-term to longer-term developments. An important part of their activities is their internationally highly regarded global disaster relief operations.



JICA is running 3 logistics centres worldwide (Singapore, Dubai, Miami), from where disaster relief units are deployed rapidly in case of emergency. These units are operating globally according to acute needs.


Project description

JICA regularly dispatches Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) teams and provides emergency relief supplies when major disasters occur, mainly in, but not limited to, developing areas. They do this in response to requests received from the governments of affected countries or international agencies.

An important part of these rapid deployments is to provide safe drinking water to remote areas with no or only partially intact infrastructure. In these large-scale disaster areas, self-sufficient teams are not only required to support themselves with drinking water, but also as many affected people in the disaster zone as well. After having evaluated several water filtration systems, JICA
selected the Katadyn Expedition filter as standard equipment for their disaster relief teams.

JICA’s prompt response time in case of a disaster is only possible because of joint efforts and commitments with the manufacturers – including Katadyn: While JICA keeps Expedition Filter inventories in all 3 logistic centres for immediate dispatch, Katadyn in return guarantees prioritized supplies with shorter leadtimes for fast stock replenishment.

The key requirements to their filter units are:

  • Durability and reliability in tough conditions; no matter where
  • Maximum independence: the filter units must be mobile (even portable) and operational without an external power source, as they are to be deployed in very remote areas.
  • Easy and self-explanatory to use.
  • Provide a valid alternative to purchasing and providing bottled water:
  • No running costs during deployment.
  • Provision of safe drinking water for larger groups of people.

Since the start of this partnership in 2003, Katadyn has delivered over
1000 Katadyn Expedition filters.



The Katadyn Expedition is a hand powered high-performance filter. Through means of ceramic depth filtration, it eliminates bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores, sediments and viruses in combination with particles greater than 0.2 microns.

The filter element is easily cleanable in the fi eld, so it can also filter very turbid water over a long period of time.

As it is made of indestructible materials (stainless steel) it has an extremely long life time (up to 100`000 liters). This makes it a very reliable piece of equipment. It filters 4 liters per minute and as such offers the perfect relation between weight, durability and capacity for providing safe drinking water for larger groups on the move in remote areas.



Katadyn is proud to be the supplier to JICA and to support them in their efforts to provide immediate help to people surviving in disaster zones. The Katadyn Expedition filters have proven to be effective and reliable for many years now in remote areas and any condition.