LifeStraw is a lightweight filter ideal for hiking and camping, travel, emergency preparedness and survival. It makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.
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.)
LifeStraw is available on Amazon for $19.95.
In 2013 and 2014 LifeStraw is distributing Community purifiers to schools in Kenya, which is one of the top 10 countries in the world with the largest population of people without access to safe, clean water. They chose this area for their first program because only 37% of Kenyan schools have access to safe, clean water within 200 meters of the schools grounds.
In 2013 and 2014 all purchases of LifeStraw filters will be directly impacting schools in Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga and Busia counties in Western Province. The large-scale distributions will begin in October 2014 and they will be capturing the program throughout its progress using mobile monitoring systems which will be uploaded into a public GIS database easily viewed by the public.
Lack of access to safe drinking water contributes to the staggering burden of diarrhoeal diseases worldwide, particularly affecting the young, the immunocompromised and the poor. Nearly one in five child deaths - about 1.5 million each year - is due to diarrhoea. Diarrhoea kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined .
In many rural and urban areas of the developing world, household water-quality interventions can reduce diarrhoea morbidity by more than 40 per cent. Treating water in the home offers the
opportunity for significant health gains at potentially dramatic cost savings over conventional improvement in water supplies, such as piped water connections to households.
Water filters have been shown to be the most effective interventions amongst all point-of-use water treatment methods for reducing diarrhoeal diseases.
A Cochrane review demonstrates that it is not enough to treat water at the point-of-source; it must also be made safe at the point-of-consumption. LifeStraw and LifeStraw Family are both point-of-use water interventions -- truly unique offerings from Vestergaard Frandsen that address the concern for affordably obtaining safe drinking water at home and outside.
- Filters at least 1,000 liters of water (264 gallons)
- Weighs only 54 grams (2 oz.)
- Removes up to 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria
- Removes up to 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan cysts
- Reduces turbidity by filtering particles of approx 0.2 microns
- BPA Free and contains no chemicals
- Uses no batteries or moving parts
April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.