LifeStraw, An Invention That Makes Poop Water Drinkable


LifeStraw, a water filtration system built into a straw, removes 99.9999 % of bacteria, 5 times the EPA filtration standard for waterborne parasites like E-coli, campylobacter, vibrio cholerae, psuedomonas aeruginosa, shigella, and salmonella, and 99.9 % of waterborne protozoan cysts to provide clean, safe potable water – even from poop! The filtration lifeline of LifeStraw, which guards against waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea, is 1000 liters.

According to World Health Organization, 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally; including 760 000 children under 5. If LifeStraw is used in third world countries where clean water is scarce, it is estimated that diarrhea morbidity can be reduced by 40 %.


LifeStraw was developed in 2005 as a solution to the devastating problem of unsafe drinking water in third world countries. It was named the Best Invention by Time Magazine and Invention of the Century by Gizmag in 2005. In 2006, it was heralded by the New York Times as a ‘water purifier that could save lives’. Forbes Magazine also labeled it as ‘one of the ten things that will change the way we live’.

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  1. Uhhh… someone needs to do some more research… “poop” can contain viruses – something that most straw filters Including Lifestraw, do not filter.

    Boil it, distill it, use a proven ceramic sock filter, or The Grayl with the Purifier filter before you start drinking water someone shit or something died in.

    Annonymous – do better.

    • They are not suggesting you randomly go about drinking the fluid from peoples poo when you’re thirsty. This is for 3rd world areas where they don’t have the means to boil, distil etc… Open your eyes to the world and you will see the suffering of people who have no choice but to drink whatever water they can get their hands on. This solution might not be 100% perfect but it is billed as a huge help for these people and potentially a huge life saver.

      Of course someone will need to make a profit from it so those who need it most, but can’t afford it, wont ever see one.

  2. If it was invented in 2005, why is it not already in use?
    If it can filter 1000 litres, why use it as a straw and not to filter larger amounts of water for communities it could help?


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