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Water Is Life Presents Brand New Lifesaving Technology

Drinkable BookDid you know that 3.4 million people die each year from water-related diseases, many of which aren’t even aware that their water is unsafe to drink in the first place? Organizations like Water 1st International and Water Charity know how immensely valuable clean, safe drinking water is for people all around the world. There are dozens of nonprofit groups that are committed to not only delivering clean water to developing nations, but to fostering an understanding of sanitation in communities around the world. One organization that does just that is Water is Life, the same group that just released news of their newest water filtration innovation: “The Drinkable Book.”

Created by Water is Life, with help from DDB New York and teams and Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia, “The Drinkable Book” is a water filtration system that has the power to reduce bacteria by over 99.99%. Cheap to produce, innovative, and education, “The Drinkable Book” might just be the most impressive water filtration resource ever created. Invented by chemist and scholar Dr. Theresa Dankovich, the book uses a brand new type of paper that works like “a scientific coffee filter.” Each piece of paper in the book contains chemical properties that kill deadly bacteria found in unfiltered water; each page is also printed with information on why having access to clean drinking water is so important.

Perhaps the best and most impressive facet of “The Drinkable Book” is in its design, coupled with the impressive scientific advances that made it possible. The book is small and easily transportable, and each page, or filter, can provide up to thirty days of clean water. According to Water is Life, each book contains enough of these technologically advanced, paper-light filters to provide clean water for four years. If every family had “The Drinkable Book,” entire countries wouldn’t have to risk catching deadly diseases from their drinking water, and millions of lives would be saved.

According to its Mission Statement, Water is Life is dedicated to providing clean water and sanitation and hygiene programs, as well as helping to transform communities and save lives around the world. “Water is Life provides clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education programs to schools and villages in developing countries. We provide opportunities for others to be involved through fundraising and field project implementation,” the organization explains. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that the organization is committed to innovating the ways in which developing countries understand sanitation, but how they can filter safe drinking water for themselves and their communities.

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Carry 5 Walk for Water Raises $90,000 at Seattle Center

Carry 5 Walk For Water
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On May 5th, over 500 people gathered at the Seattle Center to carry containers full of water to walk 5 kilometers in solidarity with those who have to make similar journeys every day.  Water 1st International of Seattle organized the event to raise money to support clean water and hygiene products in the world’s poorest communities in six different developing countries.  The walk began at the International Fountain and made two laps around the Seattle Center, bringing attention and camaraderie to the fight for social justice.

While Water 1st is continuing fundraising through May 31st, the walk has raised over $90,000 dollars, which is enough to provide 1,200 children with clean water in their homes for a lifetime.  Currently, over 200 million people, mostly women and young girls, have to spend 5 hours a day walking several miles to collect water for drinking, cooking and washing.  The full containers of water weigh about forty pounds.  About 5,000 deaths each day are attributed to causes that could be prevented by having access to sanitation and clean water.  Water 1st International is dedicated to preventing these deaths and lessoning the burden on young girls to collect water so that they have time to attend school and live a full life.

One Seattle teen fundraiser stood out above the crowd. Fourteen year old Giuliana Sercu has raised nearly $10,000 for the Carry 5 event after being inspired by a trip to Ethiopia in 2011.  She says her passion from the cause comes from seeing the problems first hand, and knowing that an amount as little as $75 can change a child’s life.  Another young person, a 6th grader named Elli, raised $7,500 dollars.  Her inspiration was from watching a video Water 1st showed at her school in 2nd grade.  Mobilizing youth to change the world is making a big impact in the communities that need the most help.  Both young ladies said the best way to raise money is send emails, letters and talk to as many people as possible.

Anyone can still donate to the Carry 5 event through Water 1st International’s page.  A donation of $75 dollars can give a child a lifetime of access to clean water.

To view Water 1st International’s entire profile, click here.