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Dissecting Purity

It’s been a while since I have blogged, all thanks to my IT job which is basically a “creativity killer”. But then, seldom do you get the opportunity to present something which fascinates everyone alike. All thanks to my like-minded roommate for igniting as well as taking an active role in this sacrilege – that of dismantling tools/devices/equipments of everyday use and showing off my destructive skills (and unfortunately abusing commercial brands at the same time).

That is what I am going to do today and the object of today’s fantasy is the famous “Germ kill Processor with auto shut-off feature” which is part of Hindustan Unilever’s Pure-it water purifier – sounds like some next generation Intel processor with water purifying capabilities.

So, our virgin Germ kill processor (GKP) looks like this:

The Virgin

The Virgin

The red colored indicator descends downwards over the course of time and its complete descent is basically a drum-roll for the replacement of our GKP. And mind you, the replacement kit costs around 280 bucks (for the compact model) which includes the GKP along with two carbon filters (which according to me require no replacement at all).

Notice the white colored substance below this red indicator? That, we realized is the crux of the GKP i.e. it’s a chemical that is supposed to kill germs and the bacteria (luckily not humans). Those who said “sounds like chlorine” are correct. This chlorine gradually becomes scarce as it purifies the incoming water which causes the red colored ring (cum indicator) to make a downward descent (which is forced from above the ring using a plastic spring).

Used up GKP

Used up GKP

The Beginning of The End

The Beginning of The End

The Red-Ring and the Plastic-Spring

The Red-Ring and the Plastic-Spring

So basically PureIt is trying to chlorinify our drinking water and call it as “germ–kill processing”. But who cares as long as no one falls sick 🙂 .

Another mystery is that of the auto shut off feature. Does it really work? And, if it indeed does, then how? Well, we cannot answer the first question since we replaced the GKP as soon as we saw the “sunset” (I swear). But we can provide a logical answer to the second question (assuming it really works). Our red ring comes with a plastic tail which moves in synch with the ring.

The tail of the red ring

The tail of the red ring

Did you spot the hole for water passage?

Did you spot the hole for water passage?

So as soon as the ring reaches the lowest point in the GKP, the tip of its tail is supposed to block the hole for water passage which is supposed to “auto shut-off” the flow of water. Ingenious isn’t it? This is Indian Jugaad at its best.

By the way this is what the chlorine residue from our dissected GKP looked like. (Again in my life did I realize my love for the smell of chlorine – it always reminds me of my swimming training days in Mumbai).

The baby is born

The baby is born

A closer look

A closer look

On a parting note, we have decided to look out for a chlorine tablet supplier who can assist us in handling all the future “sunsets” in a more eco-friendly manner. (Come-on, we are saving 280 bucks, two pieces of carbon filters and a lot of plastic – this is definitely a green initiative)

Don’t think too much of the chlorine in the purified water. The carbon filters are supposed to take it out.

So, drink pure water and stay Cool this summer.

CS

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