Like the LifeSaver , another innovation can also turn dirty surface water into clean drinking water in a matter of seconds. It is called the LifeStraw and unlike the LifeSaver, the LifeStraw, personal water filtration tool, is a lot cheaper, a lot smaller and easier to take around. It can even be hung around the neck for easy access.
The LifeStraw invented by Danish innovator Torben Vestergaard Frandsen is made of durable plastic, is a sealed unit with no moving parts and contains a number of internal filters.
To get it to work all you need to do is dip it into a water source and suck on it to draw the purified water up. No batteries are ever required.
The LifeStraw isn't a brand new invention though. it has been arund for a few years. It has even received the 2005 International Design Award as well as the Well-Tech 2006 Innovation Technology Award.
Because of its size, 10 inches long and just over 1 inch in diameter. It can easily fit in an emergency kit or on a necklace around the neck making it easily accessible to all in need of clean water: campers, travelers, aid workers, children, people with no access to clean water, etc.
“At any given moment, about half of the world’s poor are suffering from water-related diseases, of which over 6,000 – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water,” according to the LifeStraw website.
Each LifeStraw can filter 700 Liters of water. Though it will not filter parasites, it will remove bacteria and viruses such as: Shigella, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus and E .Coli, which cause Diarrhea, Dysentery, Typhoid, and Cholera.
One LifeStraw has the shelf life of 3 years when stored in shade and exposed to maximum 30º C. One LifeStraw can also provide enough clean drinking water to sustain one human being for an entire year or about 185 gallons. That’s pretty cool. What do you think?
If you have any specific questions about the LifeStraw turn to the LifeStraw’s website FAQ section for some answers. To read the excellent reviews on the LifeStraw or to buy it, check out Amazon here.
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