A Drinkable Book
As you relax on the beach this summer, settling in with a good novel and water to quench the heat of August, imagine if the water you are drinking could threaten your life—but your book provides the antidote.
For millions of people in developing countries, the lack of clean drinking water is a daily reality. Close to 3.4 million people die each year due to water-related diseases, and most of them didn’t know their water was unsafe to drink. Enter the Drinkable Book. It’s an innovative concept to promote education about and access to clean water. The book explains the importance of purifying water and how to do it, and each page of the book can be torn out and used as a water filter. With every filter offering up to 30 days worth of clean water, one copy of the book can provide someone with clean water for four years. The sanitation information, printed in food safe ink, will be in both English and the indigenous languages of the countries the books are supplied to.
The Drinkable Book is an initiative launched by nonprofit organization Water is Life and creative agency DDB New York, incorporating the research of McGill University chemist Dr. Theresa Dankovich. Dankovich invented silver nanoparticle paper coating technology that kills diseases like cholera, E. coli, and typhoid, and removes 99.9% of the bacteria in water.
So far, 70 books have been produced and shipped to Kenya to be tested. Depending on how they are received, adjustments will be made before the books are produced for mass distribution. The books will be sent to villages in need as part of a larger water, sanitation, and hygiene program. The books cost pennies to produce and scaling up production will only make them more affordable and accessible for those populations that need them most.
To see how the book works, watch the video:
[Top Image: WATERisLIFE]