Cheap Magic Powder That Makes Any Water Drinkable

November 29, 2012


Technically all water is already drinkable, it's just that the contaminated stuff might try to tear your @$$hole off on the way out. Enter Proctor and Gamble's Purifier of Water, magic packets that make any water drinkable enough to not give you the runs. The fast-walks, MAYBE. The company's non-profit division hopes to be passing out 200-million packets of the stuff yearly by 2020.

Greg Allgood tears open a small sachet and dumps the powder into a large plastic container filled with brown, murky water. After about five minutes of stirring, clumps of sludge form and sink to the bottom as the water starts to clear.

Iron sulphate is the coagulant that pulls together soil, heavy metals and parasites. Chlorine - a precise 80 granules per sachet - kills viruses and bacteria, including those that cause cholera.

One sachet purifies 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of water, enough for five people for one day, and it does not matter that the container and straining cloth are not clean. Shipping, duties and distribution, education and training by the groups on the ground take the final cost to about 10 U.S. cents per packet.

Oh man, I drank brown water one time -- it was actually pretty good. "That was chocolate milk." It was brown water! "It came in a Nesquik bottle." I DUG IT OUT OF A MUDDY HOLE IN MY BACKYARD. "Stop lying." I BLEW BUBBLES IN IT.

Thanks to Dizzle, who bet me I wouldn't drink road runoff water but I did and now I'm stronger because of it (plus blind in one eye).

  • rabiou

    bonjour je suis nigerien je v votre niméro de téléphonne

  • AshesToDust

    Hooray P&G, a great way to waste more plastic and aluminum with a pointless product that only works halfway.

  • *adds to apocalypse survival kit* (I'm familiar with these components & confident in the product) :D

  • ChocMilkCalc

    Make it an everyday habit by throwing a packet into the ocean or any nearby water resource and convince everyone you know to do the same. GG.

  • Ryan Boyce

    Only question: Will it remove salt from the water too? I.e, Can it make sea water drinkable? Because if it can, that makes this an even more valuable tool.

  • LittleBigFace

    already exists.

  • disqus_G4jsa9cXWg

    How do we donate to this cause?

  • Hyde
  • Hyde

    Thats going in the zombie kit for sure.

  • Rohlenz D'Canela

    this is quite awesome actually. Totally a must have to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, or any emergency really

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