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LifeStraw Brings Clean Water To Almost One Million In Kenya

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Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2011 06:19 PM by APM

Most of us take access to clean water for granted. But for nearly a billion people around the world, clean water is a commodity that’s hard to come by. In places like Sub-Saharan Africa where diarrheal disease is a major killer, access to clean water could save hundreds of thousands of lives. LifeStraw, a portable water filter that you sip from, was donated to nearly a million households in Kenya last April. The water filter is easy to use, cheap to make, and adds to the growing number of technologies developed by wealthy countries to improve the lives of the people living in impoverished ones.

 

With a filtering tube nine inches long, one inch in diameter, and weighing less than two ounces, even children can easily carry the LifeStraw wherever they go. Just as its name suggests, you simply lower the end into unfiltered water and drink through the mouthpiece at the top. Unfiltered water goes in one end, clean water out the other. It doesn’t need batteries and needs no extra parts. At least 99.9999% of all waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne parasites are eliminated. It doesn’t remove heavy metals, but it will reduce the murkiness of the water by removing particles larger than 0.2 micrometers. The simple filter is good enough to pass US EPA water filtration standards. And if used properly, a single LifeStraw can filter at least 1,000 liters (about 264 gallons), or about what a person drinks in a year. The water flow rate is high too, so you don’t have to struggle to quench your thirst.



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Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-30
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Amy- You know, I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're so right. They're even kinda like the three of us Noelle Yep, these are all from my fledis two of the less successful ones, sadly. They are good to munch, though; the kids are always bringing ears back to the galle to roast (i.e., char) on coals.Left by clare on October 5th, 2005 Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-30
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you don't like wasting your time on tgnihs you don't enjoy, to then find that you had spent time screen capping it XDI think that shows that you secretly like the PV really ^^You know my feelings on this, because I blogged it too. Looks a bit better with the subtitles. But I still find myself getting bored and switching it off half way through.Shame Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-08-10
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I would actually like to know more about these, I think this should be in every one's home in your disaster closet. This looks more sustainable than drilling wells that never get repaired or cost prohibitive to repair. Video needs to tell us what in the filter though. I was hoping it was actually a straw, but couldn't imagine how you could put enough technology into just a straw. Reply
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Posted: 2013-10-23
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Rs3MP2 wow, awesome blog post. Keep writing. Reply
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Posted: 2016-05-07
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Stellar work there evoeneyr. I'll keep on reading. Reply
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Posted: 2016-05-07
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La verdad si, Bere, porque te digo que a la primera vez que llevas tu perro al vet, como al mes te llega la carta de la ciudad diciendo que tienes que pagar por la placa de tu mascota (y te mandan todos sus datos). Nos dijeron que la Mugro ya tiene años con ellos, asi que ya te imi.rnaaasg..No se me ha olvidado lo de la Ramona, pero no me he sentado a escribirlo. Sigue en pie la promesa ;)Ando investigando que servicio de rastreo es mejor... o menos peor, porque aunque se oiga muy hi-tec, no son lo que parecen. Ahora que recontratemos te cuento.Un abrazotote! Reply
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