Millions of people in developing countries have limited access to clean, healthy water. More than three million of them die each year from waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid and E. coli.
WaterisLife has what may be part of the solution: A book that acts as a water filter, capable of cleaning four years’ worth of safe drinking water, according to Kristina Bravo of TakePart.
“WaterisLife teamed up with scientists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia to produce the Drinkable Book, a tome that has a water filter for pages,” Bravo writes. “The card stock, which is coated with silver nanoparticles, works like a ‘scientific coffee filter.’ It reduces bacteria by 99.9 percent, a level comparable to tap water in the United States.”
Why a book? Why not just produce water filters and distribute those?
“According to WaterisLife, teaching proper hygiene is just as critical as distributing clean water. So each page not only filters enough water for 30 days but also relays information about safe drinking practices through text printed with food-grade ink,” Bravo says.
The first shipment is slated for Kenya, and WaterisLife plans to distribute the Drinkable Book to an additional 33 countries.
For many of us in the developed world, books are a form of intellectual sustenance. And now, they will be lifesaving to millions. This is a truly beautiful idea. Watch the video here.