We don’t think much about the quality of our water in the United States. We expect to turn on the faucet and at the very least survive our drinking experience. But people in other countries don’t always have it as easy, says Green Water Technologies. Here, the Texas-based water filtration systems installation company opens up on how some enterprising philanthropists are using water filtration technology to save lives.
Q: Why is it dangerous to drink water in certain parts of the world?
Green Water Technologies: There are many third-world countries where people typically get their drinking and bathing water from the same bodies of water where livestock eat and dump waste. In remote regions of Africa, for example, this water contains microorganisms along with cholera and typhoid bacteria.
Q: What are the effects of drinking contaminated water?
Green Water Technologies: On the mild side, drinking bacteria-filled water can cause diarrhea and upset stomach. Long-term ingestion or drinking heavily-contaminated water can cause fetal malformations, developmental delays in young children, and even death.
Q: How has LifeStraw been beneficial to people in these areas?
Green Water Technologies: LifeStraw, which was developed by a group of Swiss entrepreneurs, is a large tube containing numerous halogenated resin filters, which eliminate 99 percent of viruses and nearly 100 percent of bacteria found in even the world’s worst water. Independent testing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that LifeStraw reduced water toxicity to almost negligible levels.
Q: What is the lifespan of an individual LifeStraw?
Green Water Technologies: LifeStraw was developed to filter approximately 185 gallons of water, which should be enough for one person for 12 months. But the company has recently announced LifeStraw Family, a larger version of LifeStraw that can provide for the clean water needs of a family of six for approximately six months.