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English Composition II

The Drinkable books, the solution to 3rd world problem

Tutor:  Christine Knorr


  • Hieu Vu Thai                Class :ENG-102        ID :30110576

Hanoi, 3/2016

Undoubtedly, water is the most important nutrient for every species on Earth especially human being. We will literally die after a week if we do not have any water which is involved in most of humans body functions (it carries oxygen and nutrients to cells, excretes wastes out, etc.), yet about 1.4 million children and 3.6 million people die because of diseases come from dirty water around the world (Starkey, 2012). According to Joint Monitoring 2015 report, 91% of people around the world had gained their access to the clean water resource successfully, unfortunately there were still more than 663 million people can’t make it, moreover, most of them are coming from developing countries. Clearly, water crisis or clean water source is the most serious problem that developing countries have to face in 21st century. As a result, experts and scientists all over the world are trying to solve this puzzle, one of them, Dr. Theresa Dankovich a chemistry PhD work at McGill University and a non-profit organization WATERisLIFE together created a brand new filter named “Drinkable book” which resonated in scientific community as well as the world in 2014. I believe that Drinkable books are the key to the water crisis in developing countries due to three reasons.

Firstly, Drinkable book’s filters meet US EPA and WHO recommendations for purifying clean water from dirty water which is the reason causes the death of nearly 1.2 million children and about 3.5 million adults from developing countries each year (Starkey, 2012). Additionally, using and interacting with unsanitary water lead to some serious diseases such as malaria, typhoid, cholera, Guinea worm; however the worst disease that causes most of suffering and death in developing countries is diarrhea (Starkey, 2012). In those developing countries, water resources around industry areas as well as urban areas usually are polluted heavily because they are lack of technology wastewater treatments or skip those processes to save production expense and their community’s general hygiene awareness are terrible. It leads to some serious problems, in Vietnam – a developing country, there are 1,136 people died cause of cancer in 37 “cancer villages” in last 20 years that accounted by Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, they also declared after tested 814 water samples that the water sources around those villages is the main reason which caused these tragedies (Thanhnien news, 2015). But, The Drinkable books which can remove greater than 99.9% bacteria from dirty - water, are made to end these dramatics.

Secondary Drinkable books are affordable for low-medium income from rural to urban area in developing countries. Actually, Drinkable books are applied a brand new technology called page filter (A silver nano particle impregnated antimicrobial water filter).Each page of those books were printed quotations that educate people about saving water and how valuable water can be in daily life, moreover they were made by mostly paper with tiny nanoparticles of silver which destroy 99.9% harmful microbes from dirty water on surfaces. The creator of those books, Dr. Theresa Dankovich answered in an interview by 52-insights that the main cost to product a book is mainly the cost of papers (52-insights, 2016).Therefore, the price for those books are about few cents per a page that can provide clean water for a person in a month or even more and about $3 for a full book which can last about four years. The price can be change, depends on situation but Dr. Theresa Dankovich confirmed that even the lowest income person in under-developed countries still can afford those books for daily life. She once again declared “We have a lot of NGOs that have expressed interest in buying the filters and distributing them. But if this technology is to make a real difference, people shouldn’t have to wait and hope for someone else to give it away for free. We are committed to making the filters affordable to literally everyone worldwide” (The Venture, 2016)



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