I Dream of Safe Drinking Water for Travel Lome, Togo West Africa Thursday, June 28, 2007
I think a more accurate statement is,
I dream of a day when I can stop listening to the endless drone of travelers explaining how to drink purified water, or this is safe and this is not.
I heard and explanation the other day how to make Fufu here in Togo with purified water. Then the next comment explaining how the small sachets or bags sold are ok to drink, then the next saying how the small Visage (SP) frozen drinks are ok, it went on and on and I was in the middle between two people, I could not walk away.
The truth about drinking water is this, nobody knows, they are just guessing or gossiping as an authority. I drink the water in every country unless is taste bad or smells and know they always wash dishes in the normal tap water, so I cannot avoid drinking the water. I think the problem is food, not the water.
However, my dream is getting closer to reality; I want to know is the water I drink here in Togo safe? I would say the water from the tap here in Lome is some of the best on the planet.
Thanks to my CNIA - Cellular Network Internet Access here in Togo, I was able to search until I found some laboratories that test water in the USA. I will now write or call many to learn.
How do I collect the water samples? What is the price to test the water?
After I find a couple of good labs, I will take the samples in every country I visit, then send to the lab and hope others will help.
I am annoyed, I can find endless pages explaining the problems, however difficult to find pages that say, - This is how you take a water sample. - - This is where you send. - - This is the cost to test -
I am hoping there is not a huge time problem, maybe I need to take the sample and they need it within three days, this could be problem with shipping from Africa to the USA.
I am going to take samples of the most popular purified water sold in countries, the tap water from my hotel and document this in the best scientific and statistical methods I can derive.
I want to know the truth, I want to know which water sources are safe and which purified water companies are selling bad water.
I read this page and think this is nuts, the information has correlated and was derived saying more or less, you are poor, therefore you have bad water, sort of junk science with a twist. http://www.safewateronline.com/swit_rating.htm