What is a LifeStraw?

LifeStraw® is a portable water filter that effectively removes all bacteria and parasites responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases. LifeStraw® requires no electrical power or spare parts and can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean water.


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Rotary Club of Brynmawr

Water Projects Charity 1118064



The 5000 Lifestraws are on their way to the Philippines. Thanks to all our team for making it possible so quickly. If you would like to help with our fund raising please contact us with your suggestions and support. We appreciate and thank you for your continued efforts in promoting the Lifestraw.


TYPHOON HAIYAN UPDATE - 12/11/2013 was in the process of organising a shipment of LifeStraw to the Philippines when we were contacted by VSO, who we have worked with in partnership before in the region. They have asked for help to supply LifeStraw:

"We have done rapid assessment in one province alone and the need for water filters is massive. VSO focuses its emergency response in Cebu, Samar, Leyte and Bohol and we need as many water filters as possible and very urgently. (VSO e-mail received)

We intend to supply, in the first instance, 5,000 personal models to them for their immediate distribution. The cost of these is being covered by our charity, but the cost of transport is large as they have to go as air freight to ensure they arrive in time to save lives.

We are organising collections in the our area to help cover these costs and also to provide more straws, especially the larger family model that will help families over the longer period as this is a disaster that will not be alleviated in the short term.

The straws are to be dispatched from London Heathrow via DHL who hold our emergency humanitarian aid emergency supplies. The cost of the LifeStraws to be dispatched is in the region of £50,000.

“ The gift of making a change in this world is not given to people like us, we are too small, too insignificant in the scheme of world events; BUT, if as a result of our actions we save but ONE LIFE, we have changed this world, albeit in a very small way, but we have changed it forever, and who can foretell the result of the saving of that one life”. David Dutson

In 2005 a member of the Rotary Club of Brynmawr, spotted a small article in a magazine, which advertised a water filter called “LifeStraw”. The article intrigued him, and he contacted the Danish manufacturer. The details contained in their reply encouraged him to show them to his Rotary Club, who decided to promote the LifeStraw, and do what they could to donate them to those in need of safe water.

The efforts of this Rotary club were increased when at the Millennium, the United Nations gave the world terrible news:

“ The need for safe drinking water is denied to many people in this world. Every 15 seconds a child will die as a result of drinking unsafe water. We are committed by the year 2015 to provide this basic human right”

The target for this Rotary Club remains the same, “ As Rotarians we are committed to help all those in need. We consider that access to safe water is a basic human right and necessity; therefore our efforts and energies are focused on providing safe water wherever a need is identified”.