Water Purification

#1 Nov 2nd, 2015, 00:41
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Has anyone used a water purifier like the Lifestraw Go Water Bottle in India (link below)? Do you know if this works for standard drinking water (not out of a stream, but just would work for drinking water normally while travelling in India?). Does anyone have any other recommendations for a similar product?

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Originally Posted by IndiaDec2015 View Post Has anyone used a water purifier like the Lifestraw Go Water Bottle in India (link below)? Do you know if this works for standard drinking water (not out of a stream, but just would work for drinking water normally while travelling in India?). Does anyone have any other recommendations for a similar product?

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H90PFOK/...=IF01IVYYORFAZ
Link doesn't work for me, but see Amazon is getting US$30 for the unit.

When we started travelling to India we considered getting some sort of filtration system (the SteriPEN was then popular). In the end we decided to buy bottled water and forget the extra gear. People will justifiably raise issues about generating waste plastic bottles, but surely you can take care of disposing of the waste properly. And there have been instances of suspect bottled water even from reputable companies. But on the whole it's a convenient way to go – and God knows what's coming out of the tap to challenge your Lifestraw.
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The stuff out of streams might be safer than the stuff out of taps if there are dead monkeys/pigeons/unidentified life forms in the header tank.

As a past victim of a water-borne parasite whilst in India I swallow my principles and buy packaged water. Maybe I am getting conned but now I feel relaxed about it.

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I tried a plastic-bottle-plus-special-carbon-filter device in 1999. It was supposed to process so many thousand litres of water, blah blah, and it clogged in a week.

Things might have moved on in 16 years, I suppose.
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Originally Posted by IndiaDec2015 View Post Has anyone used a water purifier like the Lifestraw Go Water Bottle in India (link below)? Do you know if this works for standard drinking water (not out of a stream, but just would work for drinking water normally while travelling in India?). Does anyone have any other recommendations for a similar product?

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H90PFOK/...=IF01IVYYORFAZ
I have been using a lifestraw filter for over three years. From Chad in Africa to Himalayas in India. Its robust, failsafe and extremely good value for money. In fact we definitely recommend it for trekking. Which is not to say it cannot be used otherwise.
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In cities I buy bottled water. For remote areas I carry a water filter. http://www.katadyn.com/us/us/470-8013618-katadyn-pocket

I have had it for more than ten years and it is still going strong. The ceramic filter is easy to clean and the pump is easy to carry.
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I have the Steripen for bulk use and a Straw for backup. Its often more convenient even in cities than wandering for bottled and and sometimes dodgy water. Out in the country I used the local water with a mediocre filter because I lacked the gear to do otherwise and sometimes the electricity. For the "pen" make sure you protect the lamp and perfect the required method (poorly documented with mine). Its light but bulky with a bottle. I never know what to make of a filter under a 100 USD..
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I'd suggest going through the following threads for generic and specific information around water filtration in Indian context.
http://www.indiamike.com/india/healt...water-t234648/
http://www.indiamike.com/india/healt...ehold-t233624/

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