LifeStraw turns surface water into drinking water

January 11, 2007 at 7:20 am 1 comment

Sometimes the most innovative solutions are the simplest. The LifeStraw is one of those inventions. If every person with out a safe source of drinking water received a LifeStraw today, tens of millions of lives would be saved immediately. It is a 25cm plastic straw containing a filter that could cost as little as US$3.00 to produce. When surface water containing Salmonella, Shigella, Enterococcus and Staphylococcu and other waterborne bacteria is sucked through the straw, the harmful agents are trapped inside and safe clean water can be swallowed by the user. The filter is estimated to last one person a full year before it needs to be replaced. Prefilters remove particle up to 15 microns in size, and then PuroTech, a patented disinfecting resin kills bacteria that it comes in contact with. It has been tested by independent laboratories and proved to be a safe and effective way to purify water, making it safe for human consumption.

The LifeStraw has no moving parts, uses no electricity and needs no maintenance. This makes it a simple, reliable way of filtering water that anyone in the world can use. The only requirement anyone needs to use it is the ability to suck. Even small children and babies can be saved by using the LifeStraw. Manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen is the result of a decade of work by water researchers. Diseases like diphtheria, cholera and diarrhea caused by common bacteria will be prevented by the use of the LifeStraw.

The possibilities presented by LifeStraw are so compelling that it was named one of Time Magazine’s 2005 inventions of the year and won the INDEX AWARD for innovation in a design that will significantly improve life. The inexpensive cost and immediate impact the LifeStraw can have if it reaches those in need make it the perfect vehicle for charity groups around the world to contribute. Combined with renewed efforts to provide people with wells and cisterns, the LifeStraw can make an immediate and significant contribution to our global water crisis make reality the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water’ by the year 2015. The LifeStraw is also a viable way of addressing the immediate needs of victims of hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters.


Entry filed under: filtration, solutions, water.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Pieter Waterleidingkoeler  |  February 26, 2008 at 4:22 am

    People support Water Aid in their vital work to provide safe domestic water, sanitisation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities!


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