The schematic above shows the major part that Apollos plays in the Water of Life process. Traveling through the first seven stages of filtration located on the Apollos unit, the source water exits the R/O filters into a temporary storage tank, bacteria and contaminant-free. It is now ready for either drinking, bulk packaging (such as in baby formula or nutritious fluids) or as with IV Fluids to go on through mixing, bottling and terminal sterilization by steam autoclave. When producing IV’s, a three(3) hour window must be observed from exiting the Apollos to the autoclave stage, preventing any possible growth of bacteria in the product water. Known also as the batch method, stringent quality control on the IV production — including pyrogen testing and quarantine — is necessary. Given ample supplies of source and product water, it is the availability and capacity and cost of autoclaves that becomes a limiting factor with IV production. Actual demand for IV’s must be carefully weighed against these limitations. For this reason, a trained pharmacist is often considered to be mandatory when producing IV fluids. Shown below: A detailed schematic of the Apollos I system (tank shown is for maintenance purposes only).