The Drinkable Book Makes Water Safe To Drink

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Despite the many technological advances we have made in the last half century, 85% of the world’s population still lives in the driest half of the planet. It is estimated that almost 663 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. Overall, despite the medical advances we have made, more than 3.4 million people still die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases. According to the World Health Organization, nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.

In order to get safe drinking water to these people, one scientist has developed a special type of paper that acts as a water filter, enabling developing countries to obtain safer, cleaner water from their contaminated sources. Developed by Dr. Theresa Dankovich for her Ph.D. research at McGill University, The Drinkable Book, employs silver nanoparticle technology to filter and produce clean water for those without access. The Drinkable Book is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water. The interior pages, known as page drinking paper, produce clean drinking water by attacking microbes with embedded silver nanoparticles, which are lethal for microbes. Each filter can last several weeks, even up to four months depending on use.

This highly accessible, easy-to-use tool could be a serious game changer for impoverished regions with unclean water supplies. In the lab, the paper proved eliminate 99.9999% of bacteria under the ideal circumstances of the laboratory, and through a collaborative effort between Dr. Dankovich’s team and WATERisLIFE, the filters have been successfully field tested in the more complex water systems of Ghana, Haiti, and Kenya. The project is currently sourcing fund to continue its scale field tests through an ongoing Indiegogo campaign.

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