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'Drinkable book' developed by scientists

Posted on Sunday, 16 August, 2015 | Comment icon 6 comments

Each book can sustain one person for up to four years. Image Credit: YouTube / TheGiftOfWater
The pages of a special new book are capable of filtering contaminated water to make it drinkable.
The 'Drinkable Book' contains pull-out pages that are laced with bacteria-killing silver and copper nanoparticles which can make even the most highly contaminated water sources drinkable.

Designed by Dr Theresa Dankovitch from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, the incredible invention could prove invaluable in providing clean drinking water to third world countries.

Users of the book can take the pages out, fit them in to a special holding device and then simply pour the dirty water through it to produce liquid that's fit for human consumption.

"One day, while we were filtering lightly contaminated water from an irrigation canal, nearby workers directed us to a ditch next to an elementary school, where raw sewage had been dumped," said Dr Dankovitch. "We found millions of bacteria; it was a challenging sample."

"But even with highly contaminated water sources like that one, we can achieve 99.9% purity with our nanoparticle paper, bringing bacteria levels comparable to those of US drinking water."

Each page of the book can clean 26 gallons of water and a whole book can last four years.

Dr Dankovitch is now working on using the same technology to build commercial water filters.

Source: Belfast Telegraph | Comments (6)

Tags: Drinkable Book, Water

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by grandfunkrailroad on 16 August, 2015, 18:57
Truly a life saving book!
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker on 16 August, 2015, 23:55
So as long as you don't loose the "special holding device" ..... Also, there's always iodine, and boiling.... It is interesting, but it is kind of like the cigarette lighter built into a cell phone case.... Just doesn't seem practical for everyday use.
Comment icon #3 Posted by grandfunkrailroad on 17 August, 2015, 5:29
You got a point, and if the targetgroup consists mainly out of people living in areas in the third world with a lack of clean water, sale and distribution in itself will be a challenge.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Bean85 on 17 August, 2015, 10:08
Better than the bible and the koran!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Benfornow on 17 August, 2015, 21:03
Amazing what great minds can do.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever on 18 August, 2015, 20:40
This is the first crowd funding I've ever given to. Clever, clever people.

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