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Better Health from Clear Water

Ray Hammond, author of The World In 2030, had concluded his study warning us that one of the main challenges people would have to face would be the lack of drinking water. The plastics industry had sponsored this study in order to know in what direction its research would best be directed. The portable Lifestraw® Family water purification system, manufactured by the Swiss company Vestergaard Frandsen, thanks to a plastic resin from BASF is the result of one of these research studies.
Better Health from Clear Water
Better Health from Clear Water

As simple as water from the tap

The easy-to-use plastic design that characterizes the LifeStraw® Family simplifies on-site conversion of large quantities of dirty water into potable water in villages and by families.
The primary element is an approximately 30 cm long plastic housing that contains filter membranes made from Ultrason E.
They provide ultrafiltration (UF membranes) and remove viruses as well as bacteria from dirty surface water that may have come from rivers, lakes, rainwater collection barrels or puddles.

As simple as water from the tap

Ultrason resin for high precision filters

Ultrason resin for high precision filtersThe unique benefit of the high-performance resin Ultrason E in such filters is that it lends itself extremely well to production of membranes with a precisely controlled pore size and thus exactly defined filter characteristics.
By using the portable purification station, the risk of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses from dirty water is reduced drastically.
According to information from the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.8 million people die yearly from diarrheal illnesses.
More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water.

Fill up, filter, and drink

The LifeStraw® Family system is not only lightweight and easy-to-use, but also inexpensive.
It is able to purify at least 18,000 litres of water reliably without the need for batteries, electricity, replacement parts, chemicals or complex technology. Water purified by the unit has been tested by the EPA and declared potable. The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) is the agency within the American federal government responsible for enforcing environmental regulations.
The products can be quickly and easily distributed during natural disasters. Vestergaard Frandsen worked in conjunction with non-governmental agencies to ship their products rapidly in response to Myanmar’s cyclone Nargis in May 2008 and the Chinese earthquake in August 2008.

MORE INFORMATION

Fabricant du filtre :
www.vestergaard-frandsen.com

Résine Ultrason E :
www.basf.com/group/pressrelease/P-09-305
ultraplaste.infopoint@basf.com  

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