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Daauud Abdi
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its all what matters now

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The Drinkable Book™
is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water. This filter is patent pending technology (US Serial No 62/153,395), and works to produce clean drinking water by pouring dirty water through a thick, sturdy sheet of paper embedded with silver nanoparticles (a.k.a. pAge drinking paper), which are lethal for microbes. This paper was created and shown to be highly antibacterial during Theresa’s Ph.D. at McGill University. Additionally, these filters meet US EPA guidelines for bacteria removal to produce safe drinking water. The filters can last a couple of weeks, even up to a month, so the entire books could provide the tools to filter clean water for about a year. While at University of Virginia for her postdoc, Theresa and a team of students tested these filter papers with water sources in South Africa at the WATERisLIFE.com for the next step in developing The Drinkable Book™ for use in the real world. With WATERisLIFE, the filter papers have been successfully field trialed in Ghana, Haiti, and Kenya. Hopefully soon, pAge water filters will supply cheap clean drinking water for many, many people in the developing world.

Here's a video demonstrating how the book is produced, how it works, and with some real-life use cases:

I hate to rain a little bit on this parade, but... While it's a very clever idea, and it looks like a lot of work and effort has been put into designing and testing the Drinkable Book, sometimes the simplest ideas are best. Getting clean water instruction and water filters to people in need separately might still be the best and most cost-effective way to do things. Pamphlets with instructions printed in the local language would be very cheap to produce, and mass-produced water filters - which can use the same technology as the book, if that's the best - would probably be cheaper if they are not bound into beautiful books.

I know, it's not nearly as cool or as nice-looking. But when the goal is to help people with basic needs like clean water, what matters most is effectiveness

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Qalanjooyinka hablaha soomaaliyeed
maansha'allah maxaa ka quruxbadan hablaheena
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Qalanjooyinka hablaha soomaaliyeed
maansha'allah maxaa ka quruxbadan hablaheena
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the love is advantage both whom gives and who is receiving
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