Humphrey has 25 years experience with water systems. He became interested in developing slow sand filters while pursuing a masters degree in the late 1980s. His first SSF project was for his thesis and involved creating a slow sand filtration system for the residents of a small community in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico. After he received his Masters in Environmental Systems - International Development Technology from Humboldt State University in 1995, he founded Blackburn and Associates, a research, design and consulting firm that specializes in sustainable water treatment technologies including slow sand filters, iron filters, roughing filters, wastewater treatment, piping and control systems.
Blue Future Filters Inc. was established in 2003 to help provide clean drinking water systems for the world. It is our mission to provide non-chemical drinking water systems that are economical, efficient, appropriate, and available to a wide variety of locations, peoples, and applications. We want to make clean water accessible to as many people worldwide as possible. We uphold the ideals of sustainability because it is our belief that in the long run, reliance on high-tech equipment, membranes, toxic chemicals, and gas- and electric-intensive systems are not the answers to supplying the world's urgent need for quality drinking water. Blue Future has partnered with other manufacturers including CST Industries, USA Tanks, and Seattle Tarp to bring many skills and disciplines to bear in offering our unique water treatment solutions to the global market.