Theresa Dankovich at Carnegie Mellon University has developed the drinkable book, a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water.
According to the researcher, this filter is patent pending technology and works to produce clean drinking water by pouring dirty water through a thick, sturdy sheet of paper embedded with silver nanoparticles.
This paper was created and shown to be highly antibacterial during Theresa's Ph.D.presentation at the University. Moreover, these filters meet US Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines for bacteria removal to produce safe drinking water.
While at University of Virginia, Theresa and her research team tested these filter papers with water sources in South Africa at the waterislife.com for the next step in developing 'the drinkable book' for use in the real world. With waterislife, the filter papers have been successfully field trialed in Ghana, Haiti, and Kenya.
She and her team now hope to boost production of the paper and spread knowledge of how to make it so it can be produced cheaply anywhere in the world.