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This was not created by me. However I did get to test it out at a convention here on Camp Pendleton.
This little straw can provide clean drinking water for one person for an entire year. It has been tested and works in some of the dirtiest waters on earth.
It is super cheap to produce. they told us less than a dollar a piece to make and that we (marines) would be handing them out like candy when in places like impoverished Africa.

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Comment by Guido Heumer on March 4, 2010 at 9:58pm
Certainly a change from handing out depleted uranium shells. (Please don't take this personally or be offended. I am just highly skeptical about the military.) Why is army presence a prerequisite for handing out these things to the population?
Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 4, 2010 at 10:20pm
Wow! This is great. How new is it? Any idea where its being used? How does it work?
Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 5, 2010 at 1:47am
Thanks Raja,

How do people know when the chemicals in straw are used up and no longer working?
Comment by Charles Andersen on March 5, 2010 at 1:57am
That is absolutely amazing Joseph. It's nice to see the military continuing to step up with the Humanitarian mission in Africa. Keep up the good work.

Semper Fi.
Comment by Joseph Jones on March 5, 2010 at 3:40pm
@Guido Heumer-- Military presence isn't a pre requisite it happened to be that we were there at the time and someone asked us to hand them out along with the food and medical aide we were supplying or supporting.
Comment by Joseph Jones on March 5, 2010 at 3:41pm
The new lifestraws have a red tab that changes color as the filter becomes bad.
Comment by Jake Baird on March 5, 2010 at 3:45pm
That is really cool.!! I award +1 Knowledge Share.
Comment by Bryan Carman on March 5, 2010 at 3:50pm
Great innovation created cheaply. I think this is what the evoke network is all about.
Comment by Joseph Jones on March 5, 2010 at 3:55pm
Thanks Jake! It was a great Idea. Again I dont like to take credit for it, and it is an old and improved on invention isnce 2008 but given this weeks Mission I thought it appropriate.


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