Making Pee Drinkable

You aren’t dreaming! And this isn’t Waterworld! You know what I’m talking about, Kevin Costner. This is a device for emergency areas / unclean-water areas for yes, you guessed it, turning urine into drinkable water. Human or animal. First, pee on the Activated Carbon in the device to make the pee lose it’s color and it’s flavor. Second, squeeze the container, third, drink!

If you do so willingly choose to comment on this post, please make a suggestion for a better title for the project. H2O is a bit too vague for this internet keyword-searching modern world. And it’s about pee!

Designer: Leonardo Manavella


  • Silenzo says:

    hum… great concept Oo
    but… no thanks xD

    • Venkat says:

      pl know about urine therapy and then design.the medical value of some compound including the enzyme from hypothalamus is available in the urine.activated carbon will remove the enzymes.

  • Asad says:

    Although it is a great idea to purify water. But we cant accept to use urine as a drinkable water. This device can be demonstrated with dirty water or sth else.

  • joachim says:

    does this reallly work or is it a concept ?

  • Lamah says:

    Make sure you drink from the right end!

  • pong says:

    that’s what singapore is doing with all the sewage water(including pee and other unimaginable stuff). They reverse osmosis it and it becomes “NEWater” kinda taste good actually.

  • Till says:

    yeah. nice concept – even if i could image it would make more sense to built a big one and connect wcs with some tubes …

    how much will one of these things cost? and how much are the running costs?

  • aparajit says:

    Great idea . it is good for health cant believe ask ur doctor.

  • Hacik says:

    Actually, I saw something similar, probably even more effective, it’s called LifeStraw Family (less effective is LifeStraw Personal). You can find several references on youtube or go directly to product page. Anyway, that product is using great amount of iodine, so it’s not very good for …

    Regarding name for the product mentioned in article, I would recommend something with Greek symbol “π” (Pi), e.g. π2H2O. The reason is, that when pronounced in Greek, it sounds the same as pee 🙂

    • Hacik says:

      Sorry, unfinished sentence…

      iodine, so it’s not very good for people from developed countries. On the other hand, it’s perfect for third world countries.

    • Confucius says:

      π in Greek may have been pronounced ‘p’ back in 1835 but lets be honest anyone reading it will read it as its commonly know ‘pie’. So doesn’t make sense…

  • Mark says:

    “H2Woah that tastes like pee”.

  • frezzingaces says:

    im pretty sure pee is drinkable in the first place. a guy survived trapped in a building by doing this, when its fresh its clean….

  • Confucius says:

    how about des-pee-rate

  • Edward Virtually says:

    How about “Portable Personal Urine Purifier”? That spells “PPUP” which should be a fairly unique search key. While I understand the emotional negative reaction to the concept, in a location with no or only poisoned water otherwise available this device could be life saving. If you think about it objectively, all water on earth has been urine many times and has been recycled by nature’s filtering process. Regarding the drinking of urine directly as a solution, aside from the revolting nature of the concept and the smell, the drawback is that while yes it will save you from dehydration, it will also poison you — the body doesn’t deal well with the toxins it went to all the trouble to put in your urine for disposal being fed back into the system. Sailors used to do this in the old days. Shudder. Sailors might find this device useful if their freshwater supplies become lost or contaminated. Similar technology is used on the International Space Station because transporting replacement water is cost prohibitive not to mention environmentally unsound (the toxins given off by rocket launches are considerable). Anyway, sorry for the novel. Good luck selling the device. As the other comments demonstrate, you have an uphill battle against emotionalism ahead of you.

  • Sarick says:

    “Osmopod” Urine Recycler

    • I like Osmopod, though it gives the false impression that osmosis is at play in this device. Perhaps simply “Liquid Recycling Pod”. Incidentally, might other liquids be used in this device? What if I pour a Coke down there?

  • Dreamingkat says:

    It’s really awesome that you’ve developed this. I was hoping to make something similar as the first step in making a still suit (from the book Dune). I’m pretty sure that there still suites were short for “distillation” and intended to be downstream tech from having used the vacuum of space to boil urine to separate the toxins from the water.

    But anyway, a name… I personally like the PPUP idea better than these – but just in the interest of having bad names out there to encourage better ones to be posted, how about:

    * ReWater (Reclaimed Water, and it sounds kinda like pee water)
    * W2W (waste to water)
    * UPU (Urine Purification Unit – primary benefit is logo designs should be easy with the acronym)

  • George says:

    You can name it you-pee!
    Congratulations! This will save lifes!

  • Mark says:


  • Mark says:

    I have to say though, if you are in a situation so dire and you can manage to have this system on hand, could you not get water any other way?

    • Edward Virtually says:

      It is a lot more practical to carry a device like the above when venturing into situations where water may be unavailable or contaminated than it would be to carry water with you — water is VERY heavy as anyone who has camped outdoors is aware of. The fact you could carry this device with you doesn’t mean you could carry water with you instead unless you’re Hercules, and there are plenty of places on Earth where access to clean water is not otherwise possible for economic reasons — you could have clean water airlifted to you in the middle of various 3rd world countries or the desert if you were Donald Trump but for less well-heeled people it is not an option.

  • Mark says:


    Most other products here have this type of name!

  • Betelgeuse says:

    I just want to know who was the first masochistic MORON that said…hmmm, I think I’ll drink my own pee

    • Edward Virtually says:

      No offense intended, but the level of ignorance displayed in this forum is somewhat unbelievable. The first person who tried to drink their own urine was probably stranded in either the desert or at sea and chose to try it vs. dying of dehydration, which is a very uncomfortable way to die. Drinking urine, while disgusting, will kill you more slowly than either dehydration or salt poisoning (which is what happens if you [like Homer Simpson] try drinking sea water to quench your thirst). I agree dying seems preferable from our perspective and maybe you’d choose to do so instead. But its foolish to think the first person to do so was driven by anything but a completely rational desire to avoid an agonizing death and possibly someone smart enough to realize drinking salt water wasn’t really a better idea. Personally, I think you’d have to have been crazy to be a sailor in the old days since having to drink your own urine was a situation so commonplace it earned coverage in a Black Adder episode.

      • Mark says:

        Now I am convinced you are a bit of a jerk.
        “…will kill you more slowly” More slowly? That’s ignorant. No offence though…

        • Edward Virtually says:

          I don’t think you are correct if you are implying drinking urine won’t kill you. I also don’t think you are correct if you are implying drinking urine will kill you faster than drinking sea water. If I am wrong, thank you for pointing it out. Do you have an URL to support your claim? Being ignorant of some things is unavoidable in a world this complicated. The word “ignorant”, by the way, is not a synonym for “stupid”. I think you are unfair to consider me a jerk for calling ignorance ignorance. If I’d called them stupid, I’d agree that was jerky.

  • Mark says:

    You win. I could never compete with your indepth academic knowledge of The Simpsons, Blackadder, and your skillfull use of Google. Well done. Of course, you are still a jerk for posting that “the level of ignorance displayed in this forum is somewhat unbelievable”. Go frequent a website with people you see as being worthy of your presence if that’s your view.

    • Edward Virtually says:

      Shrug. I find nothing objectionable about pointing out the degree of ignorance in assuming masochism or stupidity was the reason for someone inventing the drinking of urine. “Somewhat unbelievable” is a rather mild expression. As you are not the forum moderator, you have no business telling me to leave and doing so certainly makes you a jerk.

    • guest says:

      mark you look like a douchebag. edward virtually was perfectly polite the entire time; betelgoose was the one that called whoever drank urine a 'moron'. i love how even as you admit defeat your last parting shots are inexcusably bitter and transparent…

    • guest says:

      mark you look like a douchebag. edward virtually was perfectly polite the entire time; betelgoose was the one that called whoever drank urine a 'moron'. i love how even as you admit defeat your last parting shots are inexcusably bitter and transparent…

  • mihai says:

    good luck using 0.0001 filters. at 2 bar it will just take a few days of constant pressure to get that through.
    what a wonderful world you live in, where you belive that a talent in graphics can replace real science!

    since you are there why not make a ‘personal teleporting device’, it would be much more useful, you can just teleport yourself to a place with drinking water then back.

  • xxblahxx says:

    hey! this is like something in Uglies! xD

  • Craig says:


    I think its a fantastic idea.

  • - says:

    I think its a wonderful idea !!!

  • Mark Haynes says:

    You have to be an idiot to think this product does not have a good use. If you get lost or go to far into the woods or desert and run out of water you can get exhausted and become too weak to go anywhere and then you will die, or you could have this on you and pee into it and then drink the separated water from the piss, whats the difference anyway, they dump the sewer (shit and piss) into your lakes and drinking water, it just gets separated in a similar more expensive way. If you don't think this product could save your life in an emergency, first ask yourself than, “why do I carry a first aid kit in my car?”

  • She says:

    I would buy one. How much?

  • NappyQueen says:

    Thanks for posting. I think it should be called something that focuses on clean water and sustainability rather than pee. Something simple like “clear” or “pure”. Maybe re-water?

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