Improving access to clean drinking water has been a goal of global development groups and charities for decades. Yet today, roughly forty percent of the world’s population still lacks access to clean water, and more people have a cell phone to play video poker on than they have a toilet. This causes a high incidence of disease and mortality, especially in children.
Over the years, many different solutions to the clean water crisis have been proposed. Some were too expensive, some too impractical, and some simply too difficult to put into place logistically in areas with little to no existing infrastructure.
Enter the LifeStraw. This simple-looking little device is cheap, user-friendly, and long-lasting. It can remove 99 percent of bacteria and parasites, as well as chunks of dirt and debris down to 0.2 microns. The straw uses a series of chemical-free filters to achieve this effect, which will last through 1000 liters of water. All you have to do is put the straw in water and drink.
LifeStraw helps address problems that most water treatment systems fail to solve. For example, helping a village build a well provided clean water source, but when villagers transport that clean water in dirty jugs, they once again become exposed to disease risks. Because the LifeStraw can be used to drink clean water directly from a dirty source, it eliminates the problem of finding clean transport vessels. Also, unlike a well or a piped water system, LifeStraw enables people to carry the ability to get clean water with them wherever they go. This is very important given the unfortunate abundance of refugee situations in the world today.
If you’re interested in charitable giving to support the world’s quest for clean water, consider LifeStraw.