Water quality is something you don’t want to mess around with and it varies state to state and even more so outside of the US. If you’re planning to travel internationally, you should know that water treatment methods are vastly different than at home. Here, Green Water Technologies answers questions about how to stay safe when you drink away from home.
Q: Why is it a good idea to bring a water filter while on vacation out of the country?
Green Water Technologies: While the vast majority of developed countries have widespread water treatment methods, even these may not filter the same things that we treat for in the US. Your body may not be used to certain otherwise benign contaminations, which can leave you sick and unable to enjoy your vacation.
Q: What are some common pathogens found in untreated water?
Green Water Technologies: There are hundreds of thousands of biological organisms that can thrive in rivers and streams. Protozoa, cyst, bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, and viruses like hepatitis and Norovirus are all invisible invaders. These contaminants can cause extreme gastrointestinal disturbances, including vomiting and diarrhea.
Q: What is the best filter to use when backpacking or hiking in another country?
Green Water Technologies: There are a number of water filters/purification systems that makes sense. Some come in the form of a straw that filters out particles you might find in a river or lake. Other filter options include those that transmit UV light, which can kill germs and bacteria but will not remove solid particles. A multi-step system, which utilizes both filtration and purification is best.
Green Water Technologies suggests checking the water quality of the area you plan to go prior to heading out. While water quality should not stop you from seeing the world, knowing what you’re walking into can help you better prepare so that you – and your family – and stay safe until your return.