Low cost water filter
systems, although are easy and cost effective to maintain in urban and
suburban areas of developing countries where many citizens are able to
utilize the systems, they are quite costly to those who reside in rural
areas or less populated villages.
Relief efforts and organizations are diligent to implement water
filtration systems in densely populate areas or within high need
developing countries that have been struck by a major natural disaster,
however, citizens in developing countries who continue on day to day
without access to clean water and have yet to gain access to a water
filtration system within distance of their village or home, are still
Luckily, a new water filter technology recently developed by Sanford University could bring clean water to these rural areas.
This highly inexpensive water filtration technology has found to kill
up to 98 percent of disease causing bacteria found in water in just
seconds and all without clogging the system. Unlike standard water
filtration systems that trap and contain harmful bacteria in drinking water,
this technology kills them instantly. This aspect alone could allow
this new technology to bring clean and safe drinking water to nearly one
billion in need.
The standard water filtration process requires a highly effective
filter where all harmful and disease causing bacteria are contained. The
filters are replaced on schedule yet for some developing countries, the
price for these filters alone are too costly to purchase. The
development of this technology would remove the filter entirely,
allowing for an inexpensive filtration process.
With hopes for continued development and eventually release of this
new water filtration technology, money originally spent on
implementation of more costly standard water filtration systems could hopefully go toward food, medicine and first aid supplies.