Remember late 2004? How can one forget? Fidel Castro banned U.S. dollar transactions in Cuba, Bungie released its extremely popular first-person shooter video game, Halo 2, and War in Iraq was spreading like wildfire in the Middle East. However, something more terrifying was awaiting in the depths of the Indian Ocean. On the morning of December 26th, many countries surrounding the Indian Ocean stood face to face with the most devastating tsunami in human history.
Thousands died, many more injured. Michael Pritchard, an innovator and philanthropist, saw the terrifying damages caused by the natural disaster and felt the need to act; thus, erected the LIFESAVER bottle.
The LIFESAVER bottle is the world’s first water bottle to convert contaminated water into safe, sterile drinking water. The bottle contains microscopic filters that “catch” potentially harming bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi, and any other water borne pathogens. More fascinating is the bottle does this without the aid of any chemicals or UV light. Here is a demonstration of the LIFESAVER bottle by the creator, Michael Pritchard:
So, why is this important you might ask? Well, aside from the groundbreaking innovation that could potentially save millions worldwide, actions still must be taken to make such resources readily available to those in need. The entire nation of Egypt, not just its youth, has been undergoing a water crisis for the past few years. This is a prime example and potential target to utilize the LIFESAVER bottle. The scarcity of water in this country is severe. Egyptian farmers have become desperate and even resorted to using contaminated sewage water to irrigate their crops. Imagine all the harm that would come from eating food grown by such water. No one would be safe, illness doesn’t have a specific target; young, old, brown, white, the damages could be catastrophic. Take into consideration the population explosion occurring in present day Egypt. The rapid population increase adds further stress to the limited supply of clean water for consumption and irrigation. Within a decade, if no substantial action is taken, the clean water supply will run dry. To add to that horror, there is massive pollution occurring in the nation, as well. Industrial waste, agriculture runoffs, and municipal sewage are carelessly being deposited into the Nile River. Toxic waste, pesticides, herbicides, muck pollute the river and render it unfit for any use by any form of life.
Again, we, humans, have the tools necessary . . . now it’s just a matter of taking action.
Here is a site if one is seeking to take further action towards the cause: http://transformegypt.com/give/cleanwater
- Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources Seeks Alternative Methods for Increasing Egypt’s Water Share (ethiopiangranddam.wordpress.com)
- Egypt to use ancient farming techniques (worldbulletin.net)
- The Politics of Water in Libya and Egypt (muftah.org)