The Drinkable Book is one of the most promising inventions of the decade, as it has a massive potential to improve the lives of people from underprivileged regions and developing countries, where clean water remains a luxury.
The book includes the most valuable information on how to get clean water printed on its pages, but every single page of the book is a filter, that can be used to actually make the water cleaner and safe to drink.
Its great potential is generated precisely by the fact that it is extremely easy to use. The people only need to tear out a page of the book and insert it into an extremely easy to use filter and it is ready to work. They can then pour the water over the filer and 99% of the bacteria in the water will be killed in the process.
This is an enormous advancement, considering that the vast majority of drinking water in developing countries comes from ponds, lakes and rivers. This is also why the filter holders are tailor made for buckets, as these are the most widely utilized means of transporting water.
The pages of the Drinkable Book are impregnated with silver and copper and as the water passes through the special filter, the bacteria are met with silver and copper ions which kill them in the process.
Another immense advantage is that the filters do not leave toxic residue in the water, as the levels of silver and copper remain below legal limits. Furthermore, one book would last for many years in a household from the developing world, considering that one single filter can clean as much as 100 liters of contaminated water.
Dr. Theresa Dankovich, the main developer of the Drinkable Book, hopes that her invention will become mass produced one day, so that more and more people could have easy access to a healthier tomorrow through the use of clean water.
Further testing still needs to be conducted on Dr. Dankovich’s book, so as to assess its efficacy on more than bacteria. Researchers seem to be particularly curious about whether or not it might be able to kill viruses and various protozoa that might be lurking in the water.
The Drinkable Book stands to improve the life of millions of people from developing countries significantly, because such an accessible and inexpensive cleaning method for water supplies could enable people to lead much healthier lives.
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