Water Filters that Can Save Millions

Sustainability Problem

80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions in developing countries and 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.

Technology Article

Revolutionary new graphene water filters could save millions of lives around the world by Katie Medlock, 3/11/2016

  • Researchers have developed a graphene water filter that could provide fresh, safe drinking water to people around the world.
  • The filter cleans water 9 times faster than current filters and is able to filter out bacteria and viruses.
  • Until now, graphene water filters have been expensive and hard to produce on an industrial scale.
  • By creating a viscous graphene oxide, the researchers have given way for the opportunity to filter water on a large scale.


  • Researchers who created the graphene water filters
  • People in need of clean water
  • Companies who invest in the technology and produce it on a mass-scale


  • The filter enters the commercial market.
  • Through donations or public-private partnerships, the filters are sent to developing countries where clean water is needed.
  • The filters are distributed to people in need.

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2 thoughts on “Water Filters that Can Save Millions

  1. This is a very cool and significant development. Thank you for sharing this. Nanofilteration is definitely the way forward to make clean water easily accessible.
    Taking it a step further, I am sure commercial markets can be set up in developing nations (with a lower cost aspect), instead of relying on donations alone. This could possibly turn into a financially sustainable business model.

    UNI: mb4033


  2. Great application of graphene! Graphene is a two-dimensional monolayer (consisting of a single layer of atoms) material which is stronger than steel and harder than diamond. As well, being transparent and light, it has a great potential as tools for technologists!


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