WTF… Yes seriously! This book has pages in it that literally clean and purify water.
This is crazy but if it works I want one! Can you imagine how great this would be in the bug out bag? Created by Dr. Teri Dankovich, a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, it just might take the world by storm if it works.
Using silver or copper nanoparticles on the pages, it removed 99% of bacteria when it was tested in 25 trials at contaminated drinking sites in Ghana and Bangladesh.
“There was one site where there was literally raw sewage being dumped into the stream, which had very high levels of bacteria,” Dankovich told the BBC. “But we were really impressed with the performance of the paper; it was able to kill the bacteria almost completely in those samples. And they were pretty gross to start with, so we thought — if it can do this, it can probably do a lot.”
Dankovich estimates that each page is capable of cleaning 100 liters (roughly 26.4 gallons) of water, with an entire book capable of supporting an individual for four years.
Now don’t you seriously want that for your bug out bag? Right now more than 660 million people dont have access to clean drinking water, and in a SHTF scenario this could mean millions and millions of people will be looking for clean drinking water.
Working with the charities Water is Life and iDE, the next step is to take the production process, currently a manual operation done by students in a lab, and gear it up for full-scale distribution.