“Approximately 43% of the global population, especially the lower-income populace in the remote and rural parts of the developing world, is deprived of household safe piped water.” This means around 900 million people are without access to safe, clean drinking water and 1.5 million of those people are children who die from diarrheal diseases…which can be prevented with access to clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education. Point-of-use (POU) treatment, treating the water at it’s immediate source, is an alternative approach. The LifeStraw and Family LifeStraw, produced by Vestergaard Frandsen, are prime examples of successful approaches to POU treatment. The LifeStraw is just that…a life-saving tool in the form of a large straw that filters water as people suck dirty water into it. Some of it’s benefits are:

  • Filters at least 1000L of contaminated water
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
  • Reduces turbidity by filtering particles of approximately 0.2 microns
  • Contains no chemicals
  • Has a high flow rate
  • Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts

One of the LifeStraw’s best benefits is that it empowers people to control the quality of their drinking water. “Treating water at the household level or other point of use also reduces the risk of waterborne disease arising from recontamination during collection, transport, and use in the home, a well-known cause of water-quality degradation3. In many rural and urban areas of the developing world, household water-quality interventions can reduce diarrhoea morbidity by more than 40%.”

I hope to raise funds next year with the WaterAid Chapter at Texas State University in order to purchase some of these amazing, imaginative, and life-saving tools! For more information click HERE.