The past couple of years has seen a movement to figure out ways clean drinking water could be provided to people. This may not seem such a big deal if people take into account that about 70 percent of the world is covered in water. However, less than 1 percent of that water is considered safe and sanitary for bathing, cleaning, and drinking for humanity. This is surely a problem that requires a lot of attention. The Inquisitr reported on the latest news pertaining to this problem, the latest being a solar-powered distiller providing clean water through desalination. The most unique — and probably the most disgusting — way to provide clean drinking water is through a machine, known as a Omniprocessor, that extracts and purifies water from poop.
No matter what the invention is, it must provide drinking water, especially with the fact that drinking water is a human necessity. People can only survive a maximum of three days without water, compared to food, which they can go up to three weeks. Therefore, it is amazing that a company was able to create an invention that people use like a restaurant straw that can be used on untreated, filthy water, yet that water will be safe for drinking once it reaches a user’s mouth.
According to Vestergaard, the company known as LifeStraw created a water filter that closely replicates a drinking straw, converting the most contaminated water into clean safe, drinking water. Though LifeStraw products are vital tools for about 780 million people who don’t have ready access to safe drinking water, it is their drinking-straw-like invention of the same name that has received plenty of attention. It is lightweight, at only 56 grams (2 ounces), made of durable plastic, chemical free, and doesn’t require electricity. The most important detail of the LifeStraw is its ability to reduce water turbidity (muddiness) by filtering particulate matter larger than 0.2 microns and the removal of virtually all bacteria (99.9999 percent) and protozoan parasites (99.9 percent) that contaminate water, including giardia. Finally, one LifeStraw provides a minimum of 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of purified, clean drinking water.
Expanded Consciousness also reported on the LifeStraw. Along with the details already provided from other sources, they uploaded a video by Vat19‘s YouTube Channel that visually details what the LifeStraw can do. They even tested the LifeStraw out with toilet water. The video is attached below for your viewing.
Now that you know about the LifeStraw and what it can do for countries that have literally no access to safe, clean drinking water, what are your views? Do you think this is an invention that needs development for larger populations? Are there better methods of filtering contaminated water for people readily available that needs more attention?
[Featured Image via Bing, Post Image via Vestergaard]