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Australia is giving away 70 water purifiers, each worth A$ 5,000, to tsunami affected communities. Australia is giving away 70 water purifiers, each worth A$ 5,000, to tsunami affected communities. “Initially we are hoping to introduce 70 units but there would be more later,” said Adrian Cohen from the Australian medical risk management company, Immediate Assistants on Tuesday.

“The filters can be used on rain water, wells, rivers and anywhere else except on sea water,” he said.

The Australian filter technology can be used to clean polluted water of bacteria and up to 98 percent of viral particles, making it immediately safe to drink without the need to boil the water.

The filters use tiny pores in special membrane fibres to screen out bacteria, virus and other pathogens within a few minutes.

The units can be used in hospitals, schools and displaced persons camps.

“We are talking to various organizations to decide where to send the filters,” said Cohen.

The skyhydrant filters were purchased as tsunami assistance by the Australian environmental organisation CleanUp Austra