Clean Water on the Move
Safe drinking water is essential for explorers and adventurers, and it’s also useful for groups who are hiking or camping along with communities that don’t have access to a mains water supply.
While we take water at home for granted, having access to clean, fresh and safe water in an emergency is something that needs to be carefully planned before setting out.
There are only so many plastic bottles you can carry on the move. Fortunately, there are now plenty of water filtration systems to suit most situations. The huge choice of water purification methods can prove confusing, so time needs to be taken to get the right system for you.
Do your research
There are several companies that can deliver clean water for people on the move, and they offer a variety of products to suit various situations. One thing to look for in a portable water filtration system is if it is small enough to be transported, whether it’s in a vehicle or on your person. What’s needed is a robust yet portable water filtration system that will keep you hydrated and fit and can be relied upon in an emergency.
Travellers need to make sure that what they are investing in offers good quality and performance so they can eliminate any concerns about bugs such as Cryptosporidium, E. coli and Giardia, which will cause nasty vomiting and diarrhoea.
Prices can vary a lot. Lower-priced units remove bacteria, while more sophisticated products will remove viruses. There are many good-quality portable water filter systems on the market.
When looking at what companies have to offer, look at the following:
• How portable the system is: After checking how effective it is, the weight of the system is going to be your main concern. They can vary drastically in weight, so it really depends on your intended activity.
• How much safe drinking water will it produce: If you are going to be on your own, this is not a massive concern, but if you need to treat enough water for a group or use it for cooking, look at systems that can treat a large volume of water.
• How quickly will the water be available: The time it takes to treat water can also vary a lot, from just over a minute to up to half an hour. If you know you won’t have to sit around waiting, choose a system that works quickly.
There are a number of different systems available, from bottles and jerrycans to cubes. It may be worth investing in one that is used by the military or humanitarian organisations as you can be sure it works efficiently.
Sealed units with a hand pump are reliable, forcing water through a filtration cartridge and out an exit nozzle, trapping any microbiological contamination inside so that any bacteria cannot escape.
The best and most trusted water filtration companies will ensure the latest technology that you can trust to provide potable water. Check reviews and whether the company can be easily contacted if there are any queries or problems.