Coming up with viable solutions for the millions of people around the globe who lack access to clean drinking water has been a fixation of western do-gooders for decades, and the LIFESAVER Jerrycan is the latest product to hit the market. The bright yellow Jerrycan is equipped with a built-in filtration system that eliminates both bacteria and viruses present in contaminated water. The LIFESAVER can process about five gallons of water at a time and it's a great tool for campers and the developing world.
Gizmag reports that the LIFESAVER Jerrycan eliminates 99.999995 percent of bacteria and 99.999 percent of viruses is contaminated water, making it a fantastic solution for people who live in areas that lack decent water treatment facilities. But its size is what sets this apart from other water purification devices that typically provide only enough water for drinking.
The LIFESAVER also comes with an optional shower attachment, allowing users to purify water for cleaning themselves as well. There are two water filters available to purchase: one that processes up to 2,641 gallons and another that can clean up to 5,283 gallons of water in its lifespan, which, as Gizmag notes, equates to using the jerrycan 540 or 1,080 times. When the filter is about to expire, it gets harder to pump water, and when it is completely expired, it actually stops pumping water altogether, alerting its owner that it’s time to get a new one.
Trouble is, the costs are way too high for the developing world. People who barely have enough money to buy tomatoes and onions at the market won’t be able to shell out $260 for this water purification device, or $468 for the family pack. Getting aid organizations or governments to purchase the LIFESAVER Jerrycan is the only way this product will achieve worldwide distribution.