The Straw


What is the WATERisLIFE water filter straw?

The filter is a portable water purifier, which can be used in any water source to provide clean and safe drinking water.


Who needs this filter?

The weakest members of communities are the most vulnerable; every day, water-related diseases claim the lives of 4,100 children under the age of 5. Millions are stricken with preventable diseases because of the lack of clean water.


The Straw in Africa

How is the filter made?

The filter is made from durable plastic approximately 10 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter. The internal components include membranes, iodized crystals and active carbon, which removes the iodine taste and medium-sized bacteria and is effective against waterborne bacteria and viruses, such as typhoid, cholera, E. coli, dysentery and diarrhea. The two-stage filtration system reduces harmful particles, from 125 micron down to a minimal 15 micron.


How is the filter used?

The filter acts as a straw. It hangs around the neck of a child and provides him or her clean, filtered water, a basic need for survival. The user places the end of the filter into the water source and sucks as he or she would on a regular straw. As the water passes through the filter, it’s cleaned, but it is recommended that the first sip be spit out.


How long does the filter last?

The filter can clean more than 800 liters of water total, or 2-3 liters of water per day. As a comparison, the average child in Africa receives 8 ounces of water per day. The filter on average will last one year and will clog internally when it is no longer effective.


What is the plan once the filters stop working?

The filters are the first step in providing communities with a sustainable clean water source. The filters are for intervening and providing emergency filtration. Once the straws are distributed, a team will evaluate additional pure water source options and, within a year, develop a sustainable, integrated sanitation plan that includes hygiene education to not only save lives but to transform communities.

How much are the filters?

Each filter is purchased for $10. The larger the quantity of filters that are ordered for a specific project, the lower the cost per filter.


How can an organization order WATERisLIFE filters?

Any organization can purchase the straws. The organization can also place their name or brand on the filter at no additional cost with minimum quantities. Large quantity discounts often apply. Contact for additional information.


How can I participate in a trip to distribute the water filters?

Please contact us at if you are interested in participating in a field project to distribute the filters. Also, visit FIELD TEAMS page for more information.