George Page is the founder and CEO of Portapure, a Chicago-based company that empowers people to save their own lives through its portable water filtration device. Page has 10 years of experience in water filtration, having run two of the world’s largest water treatment facilities in Chicago. He founded Portapure after Haiti was struck by an earthquake in January 2010, leaving Haitians to rely on water purification tablets. Without a container, spoon, and cloth to filter off sediment, however, it was impossible to use the tablets. Page’s research into a more effective way of making dirty water from a lake or stream potable began the day after the earthquake.
The result is PureLives, a portable 5-gallon water filtration device that requires no chemicals and removes 99.99 percent of sediment, bacteria, and viruses, including cholera, E. coli, salmonella, typhoid, amoebic dysentery, and more. PureLives enables households to provide clean water for their families and run clean water micro-businesses.