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Purifying water one page at a time with 'The Drinkable Book'

Purifying water one page at a time with 'The Drinkable Book'

Set to save lives one volume at a time

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A team of scientists and engineers have recently unveiled ‘The Drinkable Book’, a life saving tool that filters water for those in the developing world

New York-based typographer Brian Gartside, and a group of scientists ­– from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia – are the team behind creating the unique 'drinkable book' for the non-profit organisation waterislife.

The Drinkable Book is printed on technologically advanced filter paper capable of eliminating deadly waterborne diseases, as it's coated with silver nanoparticles, which kill diseases like cholera, typhoid and E.coli.

Once water is passed through the filter, the bacteria count is reduced by over 99.9 percent, cleaning dirty water to a quality comparable to standards in North America. With the pages costing only pennies to produce, each sheet from The Drinkable Book is capable of giving someone in need up to 30 days worth of clean water as well containing a paper supply that filters up to 500 litres.