SEATTLE, Washington — Worldwide, more than 660 million people live without access to clean water. However, from nonprofit commitments and simple inventions to corporate responsibility and industrial transformations, there is a lot of good news when it comes to clean water access. Here are some examples that are making a positive impact.
Michael Pritchard invented the Lifesaver water bottle after seeing people drinking contaminated water after the Asian tsunami of 2004. Prior to the invention of this hand filter bottle, the best alternatives were only able to filter down to 200 nanometers, which is not small enough to block many life-threatening viruses. The pores in the Lifesaver filter are 15 nanometers, so nothing harmful can get through, and the bottle will last for 6,000 liters — enough to sustain one person for five years. Pritchard has plans to mass-produce the technology, making it possible to provide three years of clean water to a family of four at …
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