We’re not ones for hyperbole, but classifying “The Drinkable Book” as a life-changing read is no exaggeration.

The 20-page manual, developed by the non-profit WATERisLIFE and explained in the video below, addresses the epidemic of water-related illnesses in developing countries in revolutionary fashion: It serves as both an educational tool and a water purifier.

Each page of “The Drinkable Book” is intended to be read and thereafter used as a water filter for up to 30 days; in fact, it can provide the reader with clean water for up to four years.

Scientists and engineers at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia developed this technologically-advanced filter paper using silver nano-particles proven to reduce the bacteria in water up to 99.9% (making it comparable to U.S. tap water) and kill such potentially deadly diseases as cholera, E. coli, and typhoid. The pamphlet’s content, which focuses on safe water lessons, is printed on food-grade ink, making it entirely safe and sustainable.


So sustainable, in fact, that every book costs only pennies to make, rendering this project an extremely cost-effective way to combat two of the largest issues facing the epidemic: Lack of education and scarcity of contaminate-free resources. Drink up, we say.

NPR explains how to use “The Drinkable Book,”

“To use the book, you rip one of the pages in half, slide it into the filter box (which doubles as a cover for the book) and pour contaminated water through. After a few minutes, the bacteria is reduced by 99.9 percent and is comparable to U.S. tap water.”

Skim through some more images of the book (via DesignBoom), below.

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[via Laughing Squid and DesignBoom]