Wow! Ain't Science Great?
Donald Sensing at One Hand Clapping has a good write-up of a simple solution to an age-old problem, clean drinking water.|
Gizmag is touting the LifeStraw as possibly the invention of the century. That is an astounding claim, seeing as how we're only into the 5th year of the century. But as a self-powered 25 cm long by 29 mm diameter plastic tube capable of providing an individual a years supply of safe drinking water (700 liters), at an individual manufactuing cost of around $2.00 USD, that may not prove to be an outrageous claim. Gizmag suggests possible vehicles for acquisition and distribution (emphasis mine):
[...]Mr. Sensing offers additional distributive networks:
[...]I'm wondering how many lives might have been saved in the aftermath of last years' Indonesian tsunami disaster. I don't have any figures at hand relating to illness/death attributed to waterborne diseases during that period, but if memory serves there were numerous reports of outbreaks in the weeks and months following.
In addition to Third World usages, the LifeStraw also sounds like an item that needs to be added to standard disaster kits.
Additional information on the LifeStraw available here.