I was contacted a while back by the guys at WaterNlife who distribute the LifeStraw filters systems / bottles in Europe and further afield. I tested the LifeStraw Go bottle on my recent jaunt to Harris and Lewis (blog posts coming soon).
Portable / in-field filtering systems are something I know a little bit about through some marketing work I did a while back for a WaterAid and World Walks for Water global campaign. This was about raising awareness of the issues of contaminated water sources and the need for access to clean water for so many around the world.
LifeStraw has a range of water filters that enable people to drink water from most natural water sources and tap water in questionable areas, without the risk of getting ill. The one (understandable) constraint is that the filter is not suitable for salt water.
And it ‘s good to see that LifeStraw is running a program called Follow the Liters: for every LifeStraw product sold, a child in Africa receives clean drinking water for a year.
I was sent the LifeStraw Go bottle, which has some impressive stats:
Filters 1,000 liters/264 gallons to 0.2 microns
Removes 99.9999% of bacteria (E.coli etc.)
Removes 99.9% protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.)
Weight: 225 grams (very light)
Storage capacity: 670 ml
Contains no chemicals or batteries
Material: Food grade plastic meeting the standards of US FDA CFR
As mentioned, I took the LifeStraw Go bottle along with me on my recent Harris and Lewis trip .. no shortage of burns /streams / brooks on those there hills!
And I used just the bottle (no hydro pack etc) on a walk up Suaineabhal (post about that coming soon). There was no chemical taste to my mind (taste buds), just clean water.
This is a really clever, useful (vital, even, elsewhere in the world) product.