Life Saver bottle

The way fresh water is supplied to disaster-hitregions could be revolutionised after an Ipswich-based businessmaninvented a £190 bottle that makes foul-smelling water drinkable inseconds.

Michael Pritchard hopes that the bottlecould be a life-saver for refugees in disaster regions where access toclean drinking water is vital.

Mr Pritchard's bottle can clean up any water - including faecal matter- using a filter that cuts out anything longer than 15 nanometres,which means that viruses can be filtered out without the use ofchemicals.

Military chiefs are excitedbecause the bottles, which can distill either 4,000 litres or 6,000litres without changing the filter, will have huge benefits forsoldiers who hate drinking iodine-flavoured water.

Source: 14 September 2007