Target: Theresa Dankovich, Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University
Goal: Praise inventor of a book that filters water for impoverished regions.
Waterborne diseases have the potential to kill more than two million people a year worldwide. These diseases come from poor infrastructure that cannot deliver proper sewage treatments. Sadly, this water problem affects over 600 million people around the world. The endless search for a practical way for developing nations to access safe drinkable water has experienced many successes and failures, but a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University is the latest person to come up with a very interesting solution.
Theresa Dankovich, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, explored how to create a water filter system. She created pages of cellulose imbedded with tiny elements of silver, which is known to kill microorganisms and inhibits their growth. With more research, she later added copper to the cellulose to reduce production costs. The end result of her research is a book containing in-depth instructions on how to improve sanitation. Those same pages can also be torn out and used to filter up to 100 liters of water per page. The book has been used in South Africa and Bangladesh and research shows that the filters are able to eliminate 99 percent of bacteria from the water. The book’s filtering capabilities have also been used on raw sewage and have been seen to be highly effective in removing deadly pollutants. The book is now being researched for minor improvements and will be evaluated for its viability for mass production in the near future.
Please sign this petition to praise the efforts of Theresa Dankovich for inventing this water filtering book.
Dear Theresa Dankovich,
Millions of people all over the world are losing their lives because they are consuming unclean and polluted water. This is a sad truth that has been extensively researched to find a real solution. Your creative invention is one of the latest technologies that are being researched to combat the problem. Your innovative book project has the ability to educate people about the dangers of polluted water, while also doubling as a water filter. Your book is able to give people the clean water that they need to survive.
Mothers in impoverished countries are giving their children water that they know can make their children sick, but they have no choice. If your book can be made available to the people in developing countries, then countless lives will be saved. Thank you for coming up with a novel solution to combat a very difficult problem.
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