We've oohed and aahed at the Lifestraw, the cigar-sized personal point-of-use water filter produced by Vestergaard Frandsen. While it certainly has the potential to provide clean drinking water to a lot of people, a family of five would potentially need five Lifestraws to insure access to clean water. That's why they developed the Lifestraw Family, a water filter system designed to filter enough water for an entire family.Fresh off the successful delivery of 75 Hippo Rollers in Africa, Project H Design and founder Emily Pilloton have set up an initiative to fund 100 Lifestraw Family systems for a slum community in Mumbai, India. For $25 you can sponsor one system, which will be delivered this summer directly to the Mumbai community by Project H. With more than a billion people lacking access to safe drinking water, and five million people dying of water-related disease every year, here's an opportunity to make a small but extremely meaningful difference.
The project is a joint venture with Berkeley-based Haath Mein Sehat (Health In Hand) Mumbai, who will be on site in Mumbai this summer to conduct testing, user acceptance interviews, follow up visits with families receiving the Lifestraw systems.
Lifestraw Family can provide, on average, at least 10 liters of purified water an hour and more than 10,000 liters over the product’s lifecycle; that adds up to enough to provide a typical family with 1.5 years worth of clean and safe water. When used properly, it removes at least 99.9999% of all bacteria, 99.99% of all viruses, and 99.9% of parasites. It also removes dirt from water. Here's how it works:
::Lifestraw Family and ::Project H Design
Learn more about Project H Design and Lifestraw water filters:
Project H Delivering Water in Africa with Hippo Rollers
The Hippo Water Roller
Project H Design: Initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health and Happiness
Lifestraw Named World-Changing Idea
Lifestraw: Thirsty? Suck It Up
Lifestraw: All You Can Drink for a Year!