3.4 million people die each year from water-related disease. But the even bigger problem—most of them don't even know that water is unsafe to drink in the first place. That's why WATERisLIFE, partnering with scientists and engineers in Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia, sets out to invent a solution that solves both of these problems.
Introducing the Drinkable Book—the first ever tool that teaches safe water habits and is printed on technologically advanced filter paper, capable of killing deadly waterborne diseases.
My name is Theresa Dankovich. I am a chemist. I invented a paper that purifies drinking water. After passing water through our filter, we found a reduction of greater than 99.9% in bacteria count, which is comparable to the tap water in this country.
The book uses a brand new type of paper that works like a scientific coffee filter. Each piece is coated with silver nanoparticles, which kill diseases like cholera, E. coli, and typhoid.
The orange color of the paper is a direct result of the addition of the silver nanoparticles. And at the end of the day, the most important thing and really the hero of this whole project is the technology behind it.
The book itself works in three easy steps. Simply tear out a filter. Slide it into the custom filter box. And pour contaminated water through. What comes out is safe to drink.
The content on each page, printed in food grade ink, educates people about safe water habits—things that we take for granted, such as keeping trash and feces away from your water source. But the best part of the book isn't just it purifies water or teaches proper sanitation, it's the fact that this filter paper will revolutionize water purification.
It costs only pennies to produce, making it by far the cheapest option on the market. And it's extremely sustainable. Each filter is capable of giving someone up to 30 days worth of clean water. And each book is capable of providing someone with clean water for up to four years.
To learn how you can provide a filter book for a community in need, head to WATERisLIFE.com.
- 「顯然、極其」- By Far
It costs only pennies to produce, making it by far the cheapest option on the market.