Water filter device LifeStraw can help save lives

The Rotary Club of Worthing is supporting the LifeStraw, a device to filter dirty drinking water
The Rotary Club of Worthing is supporting the LifeStraw, a device to filter dirty drinking water

Worthing Rotary Club is pleased to be organising events to fund the purchase of the incredible LifeStraws.

We recently had a visitor from the Rotary Club of Brynmawr, Wales, who told us about a wonderful device which has been developed to make contaminated water drinkable: LifeStraw.

Most of us take access to clean water for granted, but for nearly a billion people around the world, clean water is a commodity that is hard to come by.

In places like sub-Saharan Africa where diarrheal disease is a major killer, access to clean water could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

LifeStraw, a portable water filter which you sip from, is easy to use, cheap to make and adds to the growing number of technologies developed by wealthy countries to improve the lives of the people living in impoverished ones.

With a filtering tube nine inches long, one inch in diameter, and weighing less than two ounces, even children can easily carry the LifeStraw wherever they go.

Just as its name suggests, you simply lower the end into unfiltered water and drink through the mouthpiece at the top.

Unfiltered water goes in one end, clean water out the other.

It doesn’t need batteries and needs no extra parts.

At least 99.9999 per cent of all waterborne bacteria and 99.9 per cent of waterborne parasites are eliminated.

It doesn’t remove heavy metals, but it will reduce the murkiness of the water by removing particles larger than 0.2 micrometers.

If used properly, a single LifeStraw can filter at least 1,000 litres, or about what a person drinks in a year.

The water flow rate is high too, so you don’t have to struggle to quench your thirst.

These life-saving devices cost less than £20 each.

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If you could support us in raising funds for local and international causes then come to our fabulous fundraising concert ‘A showcase of local talent’.

This will be raising funds for Care for Veterans and other Rotary charities such as LifeStraws.

The concert takes place at 6.30pm on Saturday, November 17, at Bohunt School, Broadwater Road, Worthing.

The concert will include talented performers from around Worthing, comprising the Care for Veterans choir, Superstar Arts, choirs from Chesswood School, Amelia Carr voices and The Rock Choir plus musical performances from Davison and Bohunt schools.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children.

To reserve tickets contact Sue Baldock on 01903 773056.

If you would like to join our Rotary club to find out more about how you can help make a difference in our community do call us and arrange to come along to one of our Monday lunchtime meetings.

We would love to welcome you.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 209564.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 501961.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 07788 638757.

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