Straw improves water quality

Thursday, June 30, 2005

A Danish company has developed a drinking straw with an inbuilt water cleansing system. The straw is meant to fight diseases from polluted drinking water in Third World countries

A Danish company has invented a drinking straw to fight cholera, typhus, and other dangerous diseases spread with polluted drinking water in Third World countries.

The straw, which looks more like a flute than a conventional drinking straw, contains a built in water cleansing system, daily newspaper Politiken reported. The water needs to be sucked through two layers of textile and two chambers of chemical cleansers before it reaches the user’s mouth.

’You need to suck on it pretty hard,’ admitted development director Torben Vestergaard Frandsen. He added, however, that the drinker would be rewarded with drinking water free of bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

His company, Vestergaard Frandsen, produces malaria nets and other equipment to prevent diseases in Third World countries.

Frandsen said test results had revealed that the straw eliminates 99.9999 percent of bacteria and 99.99 percent of viruses from water, and could prove effective at reducing both cholera and typhus, two of the biggest killers in the world’s developing countries
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Source: The Copenhagen Post