‘Drinkable Book’ Could Provide Clean Water to the Masses

posted: 08/18/15
by: Danny Clemens
Drinkable Book
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A Carnegie Melon researcher is rewriting the book when it comes to clean drinking water -- literally.

Dr. Theresa Dankovich's 'Drinkable Book' concept could potentially bring safe, clean drinking water to the masses. The book's pages are laced with silver nanoparticles, which have shown to be highly effective in killing waterborne microbes. Water filtration and purification instructions are printed on each page of the book, ensuring that the surprisingly simple technology is utilized safely and effectively.

"All you need to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder and pour water into it from rivers, streams, wells etc and out comes clean water - and dead bacteria as well," Dankovich told BBC News in an interview.

Each page can filter effectively up to a month; a single 25-page book will provide approximately one year of water filtration for a family of four.

Drinkable Book is still in the prototype stages; Dankovich has launched an indiegogo campaign to raise the $30,000 required to bring her product to the masses.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.4 million deaths annually are attributed to water sanitation issues.

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