LifeStraw Community

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LifeStraw® Community is a high-volume point-of-use water purifier with built-in safe storage that provides safe drinking water for community, educational and institutional settings.
It prevents waterborne disease such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, worms, and cryptosporidiosis.

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Details

The LifeStraw Community Filtration System enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources. Hollow fibre filtration technology converts contaminated water into safe drinking water and meets the standard for the “highly protective” category of household water treatment options by the World Health Organization and complies with US EPA guidelines for microbiological water purifiers.

LifeStraw is the most advanced personal water filter available today. LifeStraw surpasses EPA guidelines for E. coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium oocysts, rigorous standards for water filtration.

Since 2005, LifeStraw has been used in developing countries to assist in achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for clean drinking water. We’re excited to help launch this useful product in North America.

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Features & Benefits

  • Can Purify 70,000 to 100,000 liters of water
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
  • Removes minimum 99.99% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 4 reduction)
  • Removes minimum 99.999% of viruses (>LOG 5 reduction)
  • Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin
  • Contains no chemicals (and is BPA-free), uses no batteries, has no moving parts
  • Very high flow rate; no after taste (because no iodine or chlorine are used)
  • Easy to clean. Can be stored and used periodically.
  • Very durable
  • No shelf life. LifeStraw can be stored indefinitely. (Former shelf life estimates have been revised.)
  • Used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005
  • Award winning & internationally recognized

For each LifeStraw sold in North America one school child in the developing world receives clean water for an entire school year. This is accomplished with the donation of LifeStraw Community water purifiers to schools. We also have a tree planted for every order through our partnership with Trees for the Future Foundation.

How to use:

  • 1. 25 litres of untreated water is poured into the top of the unit, also called the dirty water container.
  • 2. The pre-filter removes coarse particles larger than 80 microns.
  • 3. The ultrafiltration hollow-fibre membrane cartridge, located inside the main dark blue body of the filter, then stops all turbidity particles and pathogens larger than 20 nanometres (including all bacteria, viruses and protozoan cysts). Particles and microbes larger than 20 nanometres stay on the dirty side of the membrane and clean/purified water passes through the membrane.
  • 4. Purified water can be collected from any of the four taps.
  • 5. The backwashing handle allows semi-automatic backwashing; when it is pulled down and released, pathogens and dust particles on the dirty side of the membrane are lifted by back pressure and then flushed out into the red backwash container.

  • NOTE: Water from the red container should never be consumed.

What LifeStraw Community removes/filters:

LifeStraw Community filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size! This removes virtually all the bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoa (99.99%) from contaminated water, and reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out suspended particles.

Bacteria removed include:

  • Escherichia coli,
  • Campylobacter,
  • Vibrio cholerae,
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella

Protozoa removed include:

  • Giardia lamblia ("Beaver Fever")
  • Cryptosporidium Parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica.

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 25 litre dirty water tank and 25 litre safe storage tank
  • Filtration Rate: 12 litres per hour
  • Construction: Durable plastic. Does not require replacement parts or batteries, or any chemicals.
  • Filtration Capacity: Filters up to 100,000 liters of water.

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LifeStraw for Emergency Preparedness & Survival:

In light of recent natural disasters, many people are realizing they cannot depend on their city water during an emergency. A water filter that’s lightweight, easy-to-use, and portable is important to have in your emergency preparedness kit. Buy a LifeStraw Community for your household - it's a low-cost investment in security.

History:

LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, which is a Switzerland-based company specializing in disease control products for developing countries. Their core business model is centered around corporate social responsibility, and they help countries reach their United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals with products designed to prevent vector- and water-borne diseases. LifeStraws are shipped throughout the world to countries in need including Haiti, Pakistan, and Africa.