The LifeStraw, an innovative and groundbreaking new invention may hold the key to solving the world’s water crisis and save millions of lives in the process.
At 9 inches (22cm) long, the portable filtration device doesn’t contain any chemicals or require the use of batteries, making it portable, accessible and efficient. 99.9% of all water-borne bacteria are eliminated from the source using a mechanical system that cleans the water as it passes through the LifeStraw.
The device is the brainchild of Danish entrepreneur Mikkel Frandsen, who has marketed the LifeStraw as anything from a camping accessory to a life-saving necessity.
Water is sucked through the mouthpiece and passes through a series of simple, but reliable stages as it is cleaned. A pair of small wire meshes stop detritus and bacteria from entering. Then a chamber of iodine pellets, followed by a charcoal chamber, clean and sanitise the water, leaving it perfectly safe to drink, no matter how contaminated the source.
“Across the world an estimated 884 million people have no access to clean sources of water, with one child dying every 15 seconds as a result.
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.
The basic LifeStraw costs $20 (£14), the LifeStraw Go – which is embedded in a water bottle, costs $30 (£21) and the LifeStraw Mission, $120 (£83).“
“The LifeStraw is capable of filtering nearly a litre of water in eight minutes and can filter around 1,000 litres before it needs to be replaced. That provides approximately one year’s worth of water for one person.” – Cosmos Magazine.
The real results of this invention are being seen in the developing world, where organisations and charities are assisting in bringing this product to areas where it is most needed.