Inspired after watching the coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 hurricane that devastated parts of Southeast Asia, Michael Pritchard - a businessman who runs a water treatment plant in Ipswich, U.K. - invented a highly effective water purifying bottle. The "Life Saver," which can purify 4,000 - 6,000 liters with one filter, could potentially revolutionize the way fresh water is distributed to disaster areas and has already become a hot seller amongst military chiefs eager to provide better drinking water to their soldiers.
Unlike most typical filters, which can eliminate bacteria but not viruses (which measure about 25 nanometers in length), Pritchard's bottle cuts them out and can even cut out faecal matter, thanks to a filter that takes out anything above 15 nanometers. Earlier this summer a prototype of the "Life Saver" was awarded the "Best Technological Development" at a Soldier Technology conference.
Let's hope this bottle also makes it into the hands of the millions who live in deplorable conditions in developing countries. Paging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...
Via ::The Daily Telegraph: Bottle makes dirty water drinkable (newspaper)
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