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New Technology Removes Viruses From Drinking Water

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posted on Mar, 2 2007 @ 09:58 PM
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New Technology Removes Viruses From Drinking Water


Source Link: www.sciencedaily.com

The new technology could dramatically improve the safety of drinking water around the globe, particularly in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over a billion people--one-sixth of the world's population--lack access to safe water supplies.

Four billion cases of diarrheal disease occur worldwide every year, resulting in 1.8 million deaths, primarily infants and children in developing countries. Eighty-eight percent of this disease is attributed to unsafe water supplies, inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

In the United States, viruses are the target pathogenic microorganisms in the new Ground Water Rule under the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act, which took effect on Jan. 8.

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posted on Mar, 2 2007 @ 10:12 PM
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well as long as some pharamceutical company doesn't snatch up the patent and throw it on the side somewhere it looks promising especially for third world countries.



Pie



posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 08:58 AM
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Let's hope that doesn't happen, this actually looks like a simple cost-effective way to make our water supply safer.



posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 09:16 AM
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A vague remembrance of something called "life straw" comes to mind. This was supposed to help purify water in third world countries and was inexpensive to produce. What happened to that?



posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 09:25 AM
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Originally posted by coronamoz
A vague remembrance of something called "life straw" comes to mind. This was supposed to help purify water in third world countries and was inexpensive to produce. What happened to that?


That would be this:

Best Inventions 2005: Healthy Options

The LifeStraw, a beefed-up drinking straw designed by the Swiss-based company Vestergaard Frandsen, uses seven types of filters, including mesh, active carbon and iodine, to make 185 gal. of water clean enough to drink. It can prevent waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid and diarrhea, that kill at least 2 million people every year in the developing world.


That is different than this discovery which is able to eliminate virtually all viruses in the water supply.



posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 10:08 AM
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Originally posted by JacKatMtn



The LifeStraw, a beefed-up drinking straw designed by the Swiss-based company Vestergaard Frandsen, uses seven types of filters, including mesh, active carbon and iodine, to make 185 gal. of water clean enough to drink. It can prevent waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid and diarrhea, that kill at least 2 million people every year in the developing world.


That is different than this discovery which is able to eliminate virtually all viruses in the water supply.


Jack
still though that lifestraw seems like a great idea as well and this new invention mentions the diarreah part also. I wonder what happened to that lifestraw? Wouldn't you think those people in third world countries would be able to use any cheap solutions to their problems they can get their hands on? While it may not get rid of all virii it still seems better then what they have now. I think it gets buried on purpose. Either to trim down the population or to spend more money on drugs.



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