Leading scientists at MIT have made a technological breakthrough by developing a water filter made from pine trees. The water filter made from the sapwood of a pine tree is claimed to remove around 99% of bacteria from contaminated water. The portable water filter can clean around four liters of water a day and can be utilized with ease around areas affected by flood and other natural calamities.
Saving Of Countless Lives
This technological breakthrough created by researchers at MIT is expected to save thousands of lives around the globe. The innovation is an affordable solution to places where clean water supply is seen as a luxury. This will help in eradicating a number of diseases that kills millions of people annually around the world due to contaminated water.
In addition, the portable water filter made from the pine tree can serve those people who are adventuring outdoors whether camping or hiking. They can easily get clean filtered water from ponds and lakes that may contain deadly bacteria causing harm to them.
How the Water Filter Operates
The scientists at MIT explained that the sapwood branch of pine trees contain small pores. These pores are in fact tissues that are designed to transfer sap to most parts of the tree. They operate in such a way that they trap harmful bacteria as water passes through them.
A renowned researcher at MIT told us that today’s water filter contains nanoscale pores that you cannot easily manufacture in your garage. With this portable water filter, you do not need a manufacturing plant. A person can assemble the portable water filter with no difficulty at all just using a branch of a simple pine tree that serves as a water filter.
Drawback of the Natural Water Filter
Researchers, however, note that the portable water filter is not an ideal solution to all harmful particles that are contained in the contaminated water. The water filter is able to filter out particles no smaller than 70 nanometers. Although the proposed water filter is effective against the majority of harmful bacteria, which are greater than 200 nanometers in size. Many viruses, on the other hand, are much smaller and they can easily bypass the water filter.
Most scientists are not dismayed by this fact, as they believe that the research will pave way for discovery of plants that can filter finer particles that are much smaller. Plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and the possibility that there exist plants that can filter out all harmful particles is high.