This Simple Water Purifier Is Saving Lives

Posted: May 14, 2015 in SWIG

Every single region on the planet is facing increasingly insurmountable problems affecting water safety and security. Even in the United States, state officials in North Carolina have warned residents in certain communities that the well water is unsafe for drinking and cooking, and fracking chemicals have been found in water near the boreholes used to extract gases in Pennsylvania.

Water insecurity stretches across large swathes of Africa, Central Asia, and parts of South America and Europe. According to UN-Water, an inter-agency mechanism of the United Nations, 85 percent of the world’s population lives in an area of high water scarcity. Meanwhile, “783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.”

One such solution is the LifeStraw, a filter system that purifies contaminated water. It is used by people in communities that do not have access to clean drinking water, and others use it during climbing and hiking adventures.

The system employs a number of different filters which allow users to purify water using devices that function like straws, water bottles, or water coolers with high and low volumes of water. The LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard, an international company dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable populations. The company also manufactures insect nets that slowing release insecticide, insecticide screens to protect livestock, storage bags with an insecticide that stops pests without impacting food safety, and care packs for disease and health programs.

Full Story @ [MintPress News]


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