Veteran innovator bringing deployable drought relief

Wanachi is delivering specialised water purification systems like the Seon UV & Seon RO Seawolf to support drought ravaged farmers (Source supplied)

Holmwood Highgate’s deployable water module capability and Wananchi Australia’s industry-leading rugged water purification system is a match made for the heavens, providing drought relief to Australian farmers and highlighting the capability of the system for humanitarian and military operations. 

Water, or the lack there of, now more than ever effects the global population. Every day it is covered in the media with reported record-breaking drought periods and natural disasters that make drinking water inaccessible or contaminated. Then there are the challenges of supporting modern day deployed military forces.


Andy Cullen, a retired veteran of 17 years in the Australian Army and along with his wife Zoe are the CEOs of Wananchi Australia, explains the capability: “For situations where people are off grid or disconnected from a trusted piped supply, bottled water has, in general, been the method of having a safe source of drinking water. The logistical cost, and risk of bottled water can be staggering, from purchasing of the product through to deployment, not to mention the pollution from such an oil hungry process and of course the environmental impact of the left-over empty bottles." 

Holmwood Highgate and Wananchi are gaining relevant feedback in order to develop the strategy to establishing a service centre in Queensland that can provide genuine 'in-country' content.

Holmwood Highgate (Australia) is the nation's leading road tanker manufacturer. Located in Loganholme between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is the company's purpose built manufacturing plant. 

Holmwood Highgate specialises in the manufacture of:

  • Petroleum tankers;
  • Chemical tankers;
  • Bitumen tankers; and
  • Specialised tankers.

Wanachi designs, develops, manufactures and integrates mobile and static water purification systems for humanitarian emergency response, military, commercial and expeditionary applications through the company's scalable Séon product range, which includes: 

  • Séon UV & Séon RO Seawolf: Séon UV (Ultra Violet) is the original water purification system within the Wananchi range. Equipped with an innovative filtration system, integral pump and power pack while packaged in a military standard, man portable housing, Séon UV can be set ready for use in only a few minutes for whole teams of people.
  • Séon IFC & Séon VS Containerised water purification systems: Séon IFC and Séon VS are containerised water purification plants designed as water purification on a municipal/village community scale. Séon IFC is an automated, self-cleaning system capable of producing 5.5 cubic metres of fresh water per hour; this system is offered with remote monitoring by our technical team here in the UK. Séon VS provides a cost effective solution designed for simplicity and reliance for humanitarian aid scenarios where funds, power and skilled labour resources are at a premium. 
  • Séon UVT & Séon TRO Seawolf Trailer mounted, high volume water purifers: Séon UVT is a bigger, higher capacity version of Séon UV. It uses a similar water purification process with additional chlorine dosing for storage of water. Powered by its on board generator or external power source, it can deliver up to 7200 litres of fresh, safe water per hour. The Séon TRO Seawolf is its sister system; based on a similar format it produces high volumes of fresh, potable water using its military approved RO (reverse osmosis) system.

"In response to the problem, Wananchi Australia’s northern hemisphere partner – Wananchi UK developed a line of point of use mobile water purification systems using industry leading compact filtration technology. The smallest man portable version of which has successfully been trialled and now in use with the British SAS," Cullen said. 

Veteran innovator bringing deployable drought relief
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