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#1 May 22nd, 2009, 22:09
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Hi there,

We're going to be travelling around Neapl, India and Thailand etc for 6 months, starting end of September this year. As I'd rather not leave a plastic bottle trail behind me I'm thinking of getting one of these

http://www.bwtechnologies.com/aquapure_traveller.html

The idea of being able to fill up at any tap, anywhere seems great to me! Will totally remove any worry of dodgy glued plastic bottles aswell. Just wondering if anyone has used one at all - and if not, to share my find!

Any feedback would be great - and unles I hear some justified bad reports of them I'll give a full report myself once I'm back

p.s. works out, if u only fill from taps and not puddles or really murky lake water, filtering the full 350 litres, at 10p per litre too!
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I have the same question. Maybe someone will chime in soon!
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Yea, Im really impressed by this technology - its full edorsed by the London school of tropical science. I work for a university so kinda know how reluctant schools are to put there name to something unless its pretty water tight (haha!)
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Last time I was in India I took hose Iodine tablets for emergencies. Had to use them a couple of times and they are really nasty. If I can be pretty sure this product works and it isn't too heavy or bulky, I'll probably get one.
It was distressing to see plastic water bottles all over the street. There seemed to be a government campaign to stop it.
Do you know what the London School of Tropical Science is? Sounds kinda funny. London isn't exactly in the tropics.
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It looks good, the one thing I'm missing on their site is a reference to a peer-reviewed study on the effectiveness. Endorsements are fine but I like to see numbers. On the site it is stated that the iodine kills cryptosporidium in 15 min. Not saying it's not true (depends on concentration, temperature etc) but normal exposure times for that organism should be at least 30'. Killing in this context is a statistical process (=very high probability that the number of viable organisms will drop under a clinically significant level). Anyway, the filter should take care of cryptosporidium.

Personally I use the Steripen and am very happy with it, it works really well but an important precondition is that the water to be purified needs to be absolutely clear. A couple of friends who do a lot of trekking swear by the MSR MIOX(tm) filter.
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Originally Posted by samuelcooper View Post Do you know what the London School of Tropical Science is? Sounds kinda funny. London isn't exactly in the tropics.
There used to be a London Hospital for Tropical Medicine and that may be the same place as mentioned above.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_...pical_Medicine

While it's true that London is not in the tropics, your knowledge of history is seriously compromised -- England had colonies in the tropics for many many years in the Empire days.
The map is not the territory. --Alfred Korzybski
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I didn't mean to slander the city of London or the Brits. I'm well aware of Britain's imperial history - particularly with the "jewel in the crown" of her empire.
My sense of irony is overly active sometimes. Or maybe I should have chosen this smiley instead of this one
So, any opinions of who will get the last laugh in Tata's purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover?
I do apologize if I offended anyone.
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Originally Posted by dillichaat View Post It looks good, the one thing I'm missing on their site is a reference to a peer-reviewed study on the effectiveness. Endorsements are fine but I like to see numbers. On the site it is stated that the iodine kills cryptosporidium in 15 min. Not saying it's not true (depends on concentration, temperature etc) but normal exposure times for that organism should be at least 30'. Killing in this context is a statistical process (=very high probability that the number of viable organisms will drop under a clinically significant level). Anyway, the filter should take care of cryptosporidium.

Personally I use the Steripen and am very happy with it, it works really well but an important precondition is that the water to be purified needs to be absolutely clear. A couple of friends who do a lot of trekking swear by the MSR MIOX(tm) filter.
Hate to be a dummy on this but I'm not smart enough to understand all the science. I'm just looking for something fairly compact that will keep me from getting sick - or at least have a good chance of doing so.
Two people (resident Indians) with whom I'll be staying part of the time have gotten typhoid in the last year. I received a vaccine before I went last time and will do so again. But I'd like to have another line of defense. Besides, getting "the runs" is one thing, typhoid is quite another.
From the website the steripen looks good but it sure would be nice to do it all with a waterbottle, especially for trainrides and such.
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Heye, yea, it might seem funny there being a london school of tropical science/medicine at first.. but I work for Liverpool Uni and we have a Liverpool trop shop, as its shortened to! The public service side offers probably some of the best info you can get in the UK about all the different vaccines and illnesses etc, but at a price! Its well expensive even for a member of staff so I've gone to my local docs and just called the trop shop for adivce, and good advice too - am gonna call em about this filter when I'm back in tomorrow - I'll post what I find out.

Its a stem of the Universities school of Medicine, and covers all sorts of areas of research related stuff. Malaria is still a big big area for research and its usually universities that can secure some of the pots of research cash awards that are out there and so they are the ideal places to pass on their findings to the public as well realy.

Thanks for the heads up on the other methods you use Dillichaat, I've loked at the steripen but like SCI recon a bottle will be lots handier... I'll check out the thing u say your friend uses too
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Don't worry about the science, the germs don't either

I looked it up on the website of the London Hospital for Tropical Diseases, which is mentioned as a reference on the sellers' site. I could only find one reference to water treatment and iodine, and this is it. I could only see the abstract -my willingness to help you out doesn't stretch to paying 170 USD to PubMed but it seems to deal with the toxicological safety of iodine disinfection and is not specific to the bottle.

What's more, this Hospital for tropical diseases has a shop which you can find here and guess what, they don't sell this bottle but drops that are based on a non-iodine agent.

Does this mean that the bottle and its technology are bogus? No, far from it, just that I didn't find any clear indications that it has indeed been tested and is supported by the institution in question. Theoretically it should work but personally I wouldn't buy it unless I had an independent study which proves its effectiveness.

I'd go for either a steripen or a miox-gadget, tons of literature about those. Also the bottle's contents are 750 ml, this is marginal if you're moving around in the heat of India.

Sorry for confusing the matter, just trying to give you the full picture.
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Just been rpicing up the cheapest ones and I've found em on www.safarigear.co.uk
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Ooop, never saw your reply dillichaat! Thanks for the info, I'll definatally see if there is anyone I can speak to at the Liverpool School tomorrow and I'll do a bit mroe research myself - thanks again!
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Have looked on the MoD site too and there is no info on there.. though have also google 'aqua-pure scam/haox/con/lie' etc and come up with nothing either!
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There's also other type of water purification bottle available : http://www.lifesaversystems.com
Manufacturer claims it removes bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens without using chemicals like iodine or chlorine which leave a distinctive foul taste.
Though looks expensive two variants available in bottle which can filter out 4000 & 6000 liter of water respectively.
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One thing to remember with the bottle filters that the OP mentioned is the filter life goes down the more you use it - so eventhough it says 350 liters, that is only with moderate use. Bottle filters are meant for short trips and certainly not for 6 month trips - for that you are better off getting a hand held pump filter as they are more durable.
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