Target: Jeremy Nussbamer, Developer of the DrinkPure Filter
Goal: Thank scientist for developing pure water filtration
Every year, six to eight million people die because they do not have access to clean drinking water. These deaths occur because people without clean water can contract a variety of diseases from their water. While many different groups of scientists and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have tried to solve this problem, they have yet to make lasting change for one main reason: their solutions are fairly complex. Often, when a nonprofit enters a village of a developing country and creates a new water system, the new source of clean water is complicated and the community does not really use it to its full potential.
Jeremy Nussbaumer, a student at a university in Zurich, may have the answer. He has developed a smart filter, called the DrinkPure Filter, which simply needs to be fastened onto water bottles. It also has a wider mouth and is therefore able to filter water much more quickly than the average filtration system. It is almost as simple as drinking straight from the bottle. If there is any potential health risk of the plastic, the risk is far smaller than the risk of drinking dirty water. The filter can also get rid of any plastic that generally degrades in these one-use bottles over time.
Right now, the team behind Nussbaumer is trying to raise enough money to manufacture their product on a large scale. If they succeed, they will potentially have solved the problem of inaccessibility to potable water. People in the developed world take clean water for granted, and are used to being able to turn on a sink and have it flow for as long as they like. However, across the world this is often not the case. We want to thank Jeremy Nussbaumer for creating an affordable solution to a chronic problem — a lack of potable water.
Dear Mr. Nussbaumer,
We want to thank you for taking the next steps to solve the water crisis in the world. While there are many people who have nearly unlimited access to clean water, there are also many others who have access to none.
Your DrinkPure filter helps create clean water in a convenient way. It is quick, it is easily reproduced and it is cheap. We appreciate that you and your team have developed a product that the world desperately needs. We applaud your commitment to solving such a major crisis.
[Your Name Here]
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