These Cheap Paper Water Filters Remove Lead, Arsenic, and Bacteria

On a visit to Bangladesh in 2011–where an estimated 20 million people are exposed to arsenic in local drinking water–scientist Liangjie Dong worked with a team to teach residents how to use a filtration system he designed that could make the water safe. The technology worked, but it wasn’t self-explanatory: it required training in how to use a special cartridge, and special instructions for how to dispose of it after use…

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