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New Water Filter Could Save Millions Of Lives

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by Barry E. DiGregorio
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2005
The United Nations now estimates that five million people (mostly children) die each year from drinking contaminated water. To help solve this growing international problem a former United States Navy Captain with a background in Civil and Sanitary Engineering has invented a unique pour-through water filter Disket that does not require any electricity.

The new Disket promises to solve contaminated drinking water problems in underdeveloped countries and disaster areas.

Joseph A. D'Emidio has patented an inexpensive, throwaway water filtration kit that can treat microbial contaminated surface water for a family of five for around $6.00 US per year.

The filter acts similar to a coffee filter but is impregnated with a safe disinfectant. It dissolves into the water as the water passes through the filter, rendering the water fit to drink, cook or wash with in about one hour.

D'Emidio says multiple kits could easily be airlifted or trucked to affected areas. The invention stands to revolutionize the problem of on-the-spot clean potable drinking water.

Although D'Emidio has already provided proof of concept he is now engaged with required regulatory laboratory testing and field-testing that could realistically take another year or so before the filter reaches the market.

"The new water filter Disket could also be modified to reduce arsenic levels in contaminated waters by using a Diatomaceous Earth or Activated Carbon Absorbents" D'Emidio said.

As a US Naval Captain and D'Emidio helped establish the Navy's first worldwide Environmental Protection Control Program for the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

D'Emidio's experience and knowledge of water sanitation technology had him working with the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in Islamabad, Pakistan where he provided technical and management advisory services related to the planning and development of municipal water and wastewater, as well as industrial and solid waste treatment and disposal systems.

He also conducted a sanitary conditions survey for UNWRA of eight Gaza Strip/Palestinian Refugee Camps.

At the request of UNHCR, D'Emidio was asked to participate in establishing sanitary engineering organization and improvement of water and wastewater conditions in Afghan refugee camps, located throughout various sites in Pakistan.

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