One of the largest problems facing many people in the world is pretty basic to our existence: they simply do not have clean, potable water.
According to the World Health Organization, over 3.4 million people “people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.”
Over the years, many people have tried to alleviate this problem. The latest answer is extremely sophisticated, yet in a very simple package: it’s all in the book.
The Drinkable Book has been developed by Teri Dankovich, a postdoc researcher at Carnegie Mellon who also did work on the project at McGill University and the University of Virginia. The Drinkable Book is an instruction manual, telling you From the projects crowdsource funding web site:
The Drinkable Book is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water. This technology (pAge drinking paper) uses a thick, sturdy sheet of paper embedded with silver nanoparticles, which are lethal for microbes. This paper was created and shown to be highly antibacterial during Theresa’s Ph.D. at McGill University. Additionally, these filters meet US EPA guidelines for bacteria removal to produce safe drinking water.
Want to learn more? Project details are here.