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UPDATE: Swiss startup says high-tech water filter can remove bacteria, viruses and plastic

UPDATE: Swiss startup says high-tech water filter can remove bacteria, viruses and plastic

09/30/2017

By Ciara Linnane, MarketWatch

DrinkPure costs just $24, can be screwed on to a faucet, and can remove pathogens thanks to its flat sheet membrane

As people unfortunate enough to find themselves in the path of the recent string of hurricanes and other natural disasters scramble to access clean water, a Swiss startup says it has a product that could help.

See:Americans in the path of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey face disastrous health risks (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-disastrous-health-effects-of-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma-have-only-just-begun-2017-09-08)

The product called DrinkPure (http://www.drinkpure-waterfilter.com/) is the brainchild of a team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, who have developed a high-tech membrane that filters water and removes pathogens, the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause disease. Unlike other filters that can reduce the levels of certain contaminants, the membrane can filter out plastic and other damaging particles and neutralize unpleasant odors, such as chlorine from water.

"We were impressed by how many people were rushing to the supermarket to buy and cart home bottled water," said Dr. Michael Loepfe, chief technology officer of the startup Novamem Ltd (http://novamem.com/)., talking about TV images of people in the Caribbean and Florida preparing for the hurricanes.

"It would be much more economical to filter the water at home."

The company's DrinkPure Home product offers exactly that possibility: a product that costs about $24 and can be screwed on to a faucet. A single filter cartridge lasts for up to 130 gallons of water and is cheap to replace. And it's environmentally friendly. Novamem estimates that it could reduce plastic bottle waste by more than 99%.

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