Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Lifestraw A portable water filter that could save millions of third world lives Mail Online

This is very hopeful news for people who have access only to a questionable water source.


Would you drink water from a TOILET? This straw lets you do just that (and it's also saving millions of lives)

  • LifeStraw is portable water filter developed in Denmark
  • Enabling millions of people in Third World do drink unclean water safely
  • Removes 99.99% of water-borne bacteria
  • Now being sold on Firebox for £29.99
By Martha De Lacey
PUBLISHED: 09:14 GMT, 13 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:33 GMT, 13 August 2013 

It's the bane of every hiker's life: what to do when you run out of water.
Is it safe to drink from the nearby stream? Would you risk sipping from that pond over there? Is your level of thirst greater than your willingness to spend the next four days doubled over in the bathroom? Why didn't I just pack my Brita water filter?
But now there's an answer: a straw-shaped portable water filter that enables you to drink safely from any body of water - even from a puddle. Or, in fact, from a toilet.

Would you drink from your toilet? Now you can, thanks to the LifeStraw, available for £29.99 on Firebox, that makes sipping from lakes, ponds and puddles safe.

The LifeStraw was developed in Denmark in 2005 and hopes to save millions of people in Third World countries where a child dies every 15 seconds as a result of drinking dirty water.
Now available to buy online via Firebox, the 22cm-long LifeStraw was originally developed by Danish manufacturers in 2005 as a solution to the devastating problem of unsafe drinking water in the Third World, where one child dies every 15 seconds as a result of drinking dirty water.

That year it was named Best Invention of 2005 by Time Magazine and Invention of the Century by Gizmag, and in 2006 it was heralded by the New York Times as 'a water purifier that could save lives'. Forbes Magazine called it 'one of the ten things that will change the way we live'.

The straw's powerful purification pipe removes 99.9999 per cent of water-borne bacteria plus many other parasites, including E-coli, campylobacter, vibrio cholerae, pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella and salmonella.

And it will safely filter at least 1000 litres of water. (There are only about 13 in your toilet cistern, so plenty to go around.)

The portable LifeStraw kills 99.99 per cent of bacteria and filters at least 1000 litres of water in its lifetime.

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