n America, it’s easy to take access to proper plumbing and filtered water for granted. Fortunately, the LifeStraw is providing citizens of third world countries with access to clean drinking water. Depending on the source, water may contain pathogens which lead to a number of life-threatening diseases.
How Lifestraw Works
The LifeStraw allows users to drink from potentially hazardous water sources without fear of ingesting dangerous pathogens. The straw filters out pathogens in a number of ways (depending on the type of straw used). Inside the straw are tiny holes is what’s known as an ultrafiltration filter. These holes are often a mere 0.2 microns in diameter. This allows water to pass through while pathogens, which are typically larger molecules, are blocked from reaching the user. Some straws also use iodine to chemically filter the water, killing any pathogens present.
Without any further mechanisms, the water is drinkable, but tastes terrible. That’s why LifeStraws include activated carbon just before the water reaches the users. Passing through the activated carbon neutralizes the flavor of the water, providing a more enjoyable and ultimately safe experience. LifeStraws can filter a liter of water in just eight minutes and can be used to filter about 1,000 liters of water before the filters need to be replaced. This means that one straw can provide enough water to serve one person for a year!
LifeStraws are changing the lives of third world citizens by providing a fast and affordable means of compensating for the lack of decent plumbing. Tritan Plumbing is available to provide quality plumbing services day and night. You can call Tritan Plumbing 24/7 to handle plumbing issues of all shapes and sizes. Contact Tritan Plumbing today for quality plumbing you can trust!