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One cork can purify 250 gallons of water before being replaced, and, according to the developers, it costs no more than a large coffee and pastry at an upscale coffee shop. 6 million children under the age of five who die each year in the undeveloped world from drinking untreated water. Impure water is the major killer of people in the Third World. Water 19 Taking Out the Salt The ocean holds 97 percent of the earth’s water, but its salinity renders it unusable for drinking and for most other uses.
Persistent toxins do not break down and go away; they keep polluting the water they are in. Clearly, ending the application of chemical pollutants into the environment does not immediately end their presence in our water. In a study published in November 2009, the EPA reported that mercury, a pollutant released primarily from coal-fired power plants, was present in all fish samples it collected from 500 lakes and reservoirs. 7). And a person does not need to eat much fish for a seafood meal to raise mercury levels.
The concept of toilet-to-tap drinking water is hard for many people to swallow. Many Americans have a psychological barrier to imbibing water that at one stage had fecal matter floating in it. But with education, and as water shortages become more severe, their fecophobia will be overcome. 28 The technology has been miniaturized to fit into the top of a cork that can be plugged into virtually any size bottle, container, or tap. One cork can purify 250 gallons of water before being replaced, and, according to the developers, it costs no more than a large coffee and pastry at an upscale coffee shop.