LifeCan: A Human-Powered Water Filtration System

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For those of us with easy access to it, clean drinking water is usually taken for granted, but in many parts of the world, the basic human need for safe potable water isn’t nearly as easy to meet as just turning a tap. In fact, there are still over a billion people on our planet that lack access to safe drinking water, and waterborne diseases are the second leading cause of death among children under five in the world.

So what can the rest of us do to help move the needle on water poverty around the world? There are many water-focused nonprofits that work to make a difference, so supporting one of those is a step in the right direction. But there are also water filtration products that can be sponsored and distributed to those in need, such as the LifeStraw, or those that have “buy one, give one” programs, whereby the company donates a unit for each one sold.

That’s the model being set forth for this portable drinking water filtration system, the LifeCan.

“Centered on the belief that a business can be built with a “profits for a purpose” mission, for every LifeCan purchased from us, we will donate another to a charity focused on providing safe drinking water to those that don’t have access to it.

Introducing: Project LifeCan: Buy one, we’ll give one.

In the global struggle for clean water we are asking you to help us cure water poverty.”

LifeCan is a portable and self-contained human-powered filtration unit that promises to deliver clean drinking water in less than ten seconds. The system removes over 99.99% of all bacteria and viruses from the source water with a series of filters, without the need for power, UV light, or chemicals.

An initial .01 micron mesh/carbon pre-filter on the LifeCan removes sediments, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and many other undesirable chemicals from the water, and a second hollow-fiber ultra filtration membrane removes the unhealthy biological components such as bacteria or viruses.

And the LifeCan isn’t just for third world countries or extreme desert areas of the world. An effective water filtration system capable of producing clean drinking water is an excellent addition to any disaster preparedness or survival kit, because many times, potable water just isn’t available after a catastrophic event, and most streams and rivers are not safe to drink from directly.

To get LifeCan up and running at production levels, the company behind it, SimpliPure, is turning to Indiegogo to crowdfund their system. If you’d like to help support this effort to provide a solution for safe drinking water, while also working toward a cure for water poverty, you can reserve one for yourself (and have one donated at the same time), at the LifeCan campaign page.

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