Safe Water Anywhere, Anytime
If you enjoy camping and hiking, odds are
that at least once you’ve found yourself either short of water, or just
tempted to take a refreshing drink from a stream or river, without
risking severe illness. As sad as it is to have to be concerned about
pollution and microbes when you’re enjoying the great outdoors, it’s an
And of course, nobody enjoys packing along
the three liters of water needed as minimum daily intake. That’s 3 kg
(6.6 lbs) for every day, without taking into consideration, cooking or
washing needs. An experienced camper will usually take a minimum
of two gallons per day. If it’s extremely warm weather, or the going is
strenuous, you’d better double that amount. That means carrying at least
an extra 17 to 33 pounds for a three day trip. Having fun yet?
Wouldn’t it be convenient to have as much
safe, clean drinking water as you need, every time you find a stream or
brook? To be able to refill your canteen from any water source, without
any concern of cryptosporidium, giardia, amebiasis, salmonella or a host
of other impurities and organisms that are commonly found in water?
Indeed, a number of lives would undoubtedly
have been saved, had all campers and hikers had access to such a
capability. Think of how many might have avoided severe cramps and
stomach ailments, parasitic infections, or violent nausea, if they’d had
such a means of ensuring safe, clean water.
Well, now, such a capability exists, in
camping water filter systems,
some weighing as little as 8 ounces! There’s no longer any reason to:
Risk your health, or in extreme cases,
your life, being forced to drink whatever water you can find.
Break your back hauling gallons of water
in your backpack.
Boil water before use.
Endure the taste of water “purification”
Cut your trip short because of dwindling
Spend days (or much longer) being
treated for illnesses or parasites acquired from tainted water.
Remember, just because water looks, smells
and even tastes clean, doesn’t mean it is! Bacteria and protozoa
are microscopic and usually undetectable by all such means. Many other
impurities can also escape notice, and can be extremely hazardous to
your health. Safe, clean water for drinking and cooking is essential
when camping or hiking, just as it is at home. Don’t let the beauty of
such a trip be ruined by a moment of indiscretion.
Safe Water Anywhere,
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