ntreated drinking water kills 2 million people a year by spreading diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid. The LifeStraw Family 2.0 tabletop system captures 99.9 percent of the illness-causing microbes in water, and safely stores clean water in a 1.3-gallon tank. One unit provides water for a family of five for up to five years.
Status: A successful 566-household test ended in Rwanda in 2013. Filters will be distributed to 100,000 additional households this year. The company also wants to send units to Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ivory Coast.