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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  059
DATE:  February 28, 2002
TIP:  Water Purification
LOCATION:  Iquitos, Peru

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WATER PURIFICATION

I think I could talk about this subject for days.
or... In the end the question is...
“Should I drink the water?”

Everyone is an expert on this, and everyone knows
nothing. There are lots of reasons people worry about
the water. Most just do not want diarrhea. Other have
some type of paranoia about catching some fatal
virus or getting poisoned.

There is no way to completely avoid contaminated water.
I suppose you could, but life would be just too difficult.
Anytime you enter a restaurant in another country you
get water either in your food or off the dishes, spoons, and
forks. So it comes down to common sense.


I GET NERVOUS WHEN THE WATER
Smells
Taste funny
The locals will not drink it.

DIARRHEA a.k.a. Montezuma’s Revenge

WATER
I think the first week of a any trip is bad for lots of
people. After that their body adjust and they go on
with their life. They blame the water think they changed
something, so now the problem is over, and it is.
Anytime you go 200 miles or kilometers in any direction
the bacteria’s in the water change. You body may react
to these new things in the water and react. After doing
some minor adjustment you will be OK.

FOOD.
I have traveled with a couple of women that decide to
eat 5 mangos per day. Eating too much fruit or changing
your diet dramatically will cause the same reaction. I choose
my foods very carefully. For me this is a much bigger
problem then water. I was at a location where they grew
peanuts. I love peanuts, and thought.... hmmm I will eat
some. But then realized that I was going for a very long
walk in the Jungle, and I know what happens whey I eat
too many peanuts. They take a fast track though my body.
So, I decided to say NO.

WATER IS NECESSARY
I drink the water.
If the local drink it, if it smells OK, if it taste OK.
I drink it. I do not add anything.
I suppose I have faith in science that they can cure
anything that will enter my body, but I gave up.
“I cannot be bothered”. Life is short and living in paranoia
and drinking water with iodine, halogen, or chlorine
is not my way of living. So I drink the water.
I do not recommend this, but it is my way.

I have been with various people though that thought the
solution was to not drink the water. So they drank
BEER
SODA
PINEAPPLE JUICE
Anything but water.
They got very sick. Nice idea, but in reality.
Not healthy, normal water is needed to be healthy.

YOU NEED WATER

PURIFYING WATER
I suppose I could teach you a lot of scientific
jargon and you could go tell all your friends all the
various microbes, diseases, and virus that live in water.
But I will try to keep this very simple. I have
been dealing with the water issue for 4 years of
travel around the world, and the majority of time
in the underdeveloped countries of Central and South
America. There are lots of ways to TRY to make
water safer to drink, and none are totally foolproof.

BUT... HERE ARE MY TOP WAYS

IN ORDER OR HEALTH PREFERENCE
1. BUY purified water.
2. BOIL the water.
3. IODINE in the water ( My preferred way)

For me... I just want a
DRINK OF WATER PLEASE!

BUYING PURIFIED WATER.

PROS
1. Taste is better.
2. You can buy it cold.
3. You can drink it and throw away the bottle.
4. The bottle can be refilled.

CONS
1. Expensive
2. The plastic bottles become difficult to dispose of
and pollutes nature.
3. People or companies bottle normal city water and
sell it as purified. NOT really purified. If they will
sell fake CD ROMs, Clothes, trust me, they will fake the water.

BOIL THE WATER

PROS
1. You know who boiled the water.
2. It does kill almost all thing.
3. You can make coffee...

CONS
1. The water is hot, and not fun to drink.
2. People put tea or coffee in it, and it not normal water.
3. It is difficult to find a place to boil it.
4. Difficult to put boiled water into a plastic jar quickly
you must wait until it cools.
5. I am too lazy to wait.

NOTE: There is questions as too how long you need
to boil the water. Some say just make it boil, and other
say for at least 20 minutes. I lean toward the option
of just making it boil. But if you have the time, boil it
longer.

IODINE IN THE WATER

PROS
1. Very easy.
2. Very cheap
3. Can be purchase in every country.

CONS
1. Taste bad.
2. Does not kill every type or problem.
3. NOT trendy, or a fashionable thing to say to your friends.

TRENDY

WATER PURIFYING PUMP
There are these devices that have a filter on them.
They are quite popular and trendy. I do suppose
they work good, and really are a great solution.
I have mixed feeling on them. The cost can be so
high, and storing and maintaining the integrity of the
unit can be a very taxing problem. You friends will think
your are very intelligent, and at the cutting edge of
technology, and the local camping gear store
owner will think your are a great guy and very prepared.
For me....
I CANNOT BE BOTHERED
More then I wish to deal with.

COMPREHENSIVE LIST
OK... For those of you that still have not had enough
information, and wish to grind the issue into the ground.
Here is even more information.

LINKS
http://www.artoftravel.com/10water.htm
http://www.millennium-ark.net/News_Files/LTAH_Water_Pure(2).html
http://www.solardome.com/SolarDome84.html
http://nene.essortment.com/waterpurificati_rsck.htm
http://www.high-altitude-medicine.com/water.html
http://www.baproducts.com/water.htm
http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/manual/water.shtml
http://www.securbar.com/purewtr.htm
http://www.fema.gov/pte/foodwtr.htm

Andy
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