Water purification

2) Safe Drinking Water While Serving Or Traveling

waterSince 1991 TealBrook Supplies provides water purification solutions suitable for individuals, groups, and organizations seeking safe water anywhere in the world using local sources. A current trend concerns industrial contamination in addition to biological contaminants such as bacteria and virus. Many developing regions experience challenges associated with industrial run off, heavy metal contamination, and agricultural pesticides. While some solutions may eliminate some or all of the biological contaminants, they do not address the remaining potential contaminants present in many water sources. The gravity flow Outback Bucket, and the Crystal Clear line of water purification products use a multi-media activated carbon stage that reduces these contaminants to an acceptable level. As always consultation and recommendation based on region is available at no cost. Orders placed online or calling 877-227-8890 mentioning BT14 or this post will receive free shipping in the US or an equal credit for international shipping through June 30, 2014. For Skype, contact TealBrook or visit

http:// www.tealbrook.com

10) CoolTools: What’s the Best Water Filter System for Travelers?

For years, I’ve relied on the Bota “Outback” Water Filter system. It was lightweight, versatile, and extremely effective. However, this past week, my bottle finally cracked (as they seem to do about every 5 years of regular use) and, lo and behold, I’ve just learned that Bota has gone out of business as of July 2012. So I’m wondering — what’s the best CURRENT system for drinking pure, fresh, healthy water on a mission trip or while traveling cross-culturally? I’ve come across several options, some of which seem promising. Does anyone have personal experience with these (below)? If so, please log on to the web version of this item and use the comment box to give your own review — or a better option, please. Thanks!

Water filter pumps, like the Katadyn Pocket Water Filter that we all used back in the early nineties… or Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier, the Sawyer Personal Water Bottle Filter, and other filters similar to the Bota “Outback” I’ve been using… or filters that are ultra-violet-light-based (UV light) like the relatively new CamelBak All Clear Water Purifier Bottle and the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier.

You can Google any of these (and others) and learn more about them. The question I have is — which is the best value, the easiest to use, and the most appropriate for the kind of travel that we do, as cross-cultural travelers. My immediate thought would be to lean toward that with which I’m familiar – so replace the Bota with the Katadyn “MyBottle” or something similar. Your thoughts? Thanks for any advice or review you can offer. To respond, please go to the Brigada web version of this item and use the comment boxes below it.

3) Here’s a Great Option for Personal Water Filtering —

These folks have some fantastic options for making your water safe to drink. Each stand-alone, gravity-fed Berkey® filter …

* stops 99.999999% of bacteria, cysts and parasites,

* reduces viruses by at least 99.999%,

* removes the most common toxins in tap water,

* assembles easily (NO installation/maintenance),

* requires NO power, pressure, or chemicals,

* lasts years before needing replacement filters,

* costs less than $.02/gal for filters, and

* purifies fresh water from any source!

 

Learn more about Berkey filters at

 

http://www.911Water.com

 

To get details or share in this group discount (on counter-top filters and portable water filter bottles), email

Robbyat911Waterdotcom

2) New iPhone App Filters Water (Kidding; but *almost* as good) —

When I first started traveling globally, we used those iodine tablets. Yuck. The good news was, we were no longer eating live bugs. The bad news was, the dead bugs tasted really bad. So then we moved on to those hard-to-pump water filters. Over the years, thanks to lots of hikers with apparently-wimpy arms, the pumps got easier. Finally, we progressed into the current age of in-bottle filters that we just… suck on. But this is 2012. Surely there’s a higher-tech solution? Some kind of iPhone app that filters water?

 

Almost, Enter the SteriPEN Sidewinder. See it at…

 

http://www.trailspace.com/gear/steripen/sidewinder/

 

It’s a hand-powered, battery free Ultra-Violet (UV) water purifier. Simply attach the Sidewinder to the provided bottle, turn upside down and swirl the water a few times, and then crank the handle! There’s a red flashing LED light until you crank fast enough, and there’s a green light when you’re done, about 90 seconds later (for 32 ounces). It’s storable, it doesn’t break, and it connects to your iPhone! [ok, I confess: I’m joking about the last part. But everything else is true.] It weighs just 16 ounces and is only 9 inches long. And guess what, Mom: No batteries to buy or replace. And in case you were wondering, yes — the bottle is BPA-free. $79.95 — coming to a hiking store near you. Can you believe it?

 

Now — when will the iPhone version be released? Powered by long phone conversations???

10) Let’s Collect some Great Sources for Water Purification Again —

This past week, someone referred me to New Life International, with their website at…

 

http://www.waterfortheworld.com

 

Would you mind terribly if we collected another string of great sources for these kinds of supplies… For those who want to create clean and safe water for the nations who have little? Just click Comment below to add your favorite vendor or ministry. Thanks in advance for your help.

5) Need Fresh Water for your Village? Try Sawyer —

Check out Sawyer water filtration at…

 

http://sawyerpointonefilters.com

 

The filter they offer reportedly cleans up to 500 gallons per day, offering a simple gravity design, easy maintenance, and easy use, all with a $60 filter. A slightly more expensive version ($100) also filters out viruses. With proper use, its designers say it’s good for one million gallons per filter. If you have experience with the Sawyer solution (I personally do not but Brigada participant, Andy, highly recommends it), please use the comment box below to give your impressions. (Thanks Andy!)

1) Self-Purifying Water Bottles —

At $27 ($50 for two), the “Portable Water Filter Bottle” from our friends at 911Water.com reportedly provides the highest quality and best per-gallon value of any self-purifying bottle. We’ve heard firsthand testimony and have seen videos explaining that they exceed EPA standards for purifiers for 100+ gallons of contaminated water, provide portable protection from biological and other contaminants in emergencies, camping and international travel. What’s more, through a unique arrangement with Brigada, each purchase also generates: – a 10% rebate to you, and – a 5% commission to Brigada! (Last month Brigada made $25+ on commissions from 911Water! Thanks!!) To qualify for this rebate: 1) place your order, then 2) forward your confirmation email to Robbyat911Waterdotcom [PLEASE indicate who referred you, whether Brigada or another friend.] Email

Robbyat911Waterdotcom to inquire about bulk discounts, resale potential as a fund-raiser for short-term mission trips, etc. Browse

 

http://www.brigada.org/self-purifying-water-bottle

 

for more details here at Brigada, or take a look at …

 

http://www.911Water.com

 

for more from the company or contact

Robbyat911Waterdotcom for details.

7) Portable Water Purification for the Field, Home and Emergencies —

The Jul/Aug Mission Frontiers will include an article suggesting a new strategy for eradicating water-borne disease worldwide. For a preview, see

 

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8064446/Temp/MF_Jul_Aug/Robby_Water_MF.pdf

 

While preparing this article, two of the authors worked out a group discount for MF readers interested in Berkey® filters, and this has now been extended to Brigada readers. (Berkey® filters are effective both for biological pathogens, and for the Chlorine and other contaminants common in more developed areas.) (The manufacturer does not allow the amount of the group discount to be advertised, but they *did* tell us that Brigada will receive a 5% commission for each sale. Whoa.)

 

Each stand-alone, gravity-fed Berkey® filter …

* stops 99.999999% of bacteria, cysts and parasites,

* reduces viruses by at least 99.999%,

* removes the most common toxins in tap water,

* assembles easily (NO installation/maintenance),

* requires NO power, pressure, or chemicals,

* lasts years before needing replacement filters,

* costs less than $.02/gal for filters, and

* purifies fresh water from any source!

 

Learn more about Berkey filters at

 

http://www.911Water.com

 

To get details or share in this group discount (on counter-top filters and portable water filter bottles), email

Robbyat911Waterdotcom

8) Clean Water for 25,000 People Campaign —

A VillageWater unit provides EPA-quality water for 250 people, lasts five years, and costs around half the price of a well (~$5,000).  The Clean Water for 25,000 People campaign is getting clean water to the people who need it most, and is looking for organizations and churches that would be able to deploy one for their missions operations.  The VillageWater unit was recently presented at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit and the UN World Water Week.  A VillageWater is completely self-contained (solar-powered, foot pump), doesn’t use chemicals or require replacement filters, ships in its own FDA-approved 55-gallon drum (which doubles as its water container), and sets up in about an hour.  The campaign is working with the production company to have units available in June 2011, and is looking for organizations that could sign up by January 2011.  For more information, contact Isaiah

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6) Grab drinking water from the air!

eolewaterFrench inventor Marc Parent has made the dream a reality. His company, Eolewater, located in Sainte Tulle in the high French Alps, has made a prototype that produces 70 to 200 liters of fresh water a day… from the air! The higher the “eolienne”, or wind turbine, the more water it can grab.

A 50-meter mast would produce an estimated 25,000 liters a day. For an article in French from the local newspaper, with a photo of Marc Parent:

http://tinyurl.com/ybbkrjn

For an article in English from January 2009:

http://tinyurl.com/ycr4wkg

For a 1 min 40 sec video at youtube:

http://tinyurl.com/y8ugzkj

For another video of unknown length from 1cast:

http://tinyurl.com/yct4l3a

(Thanks to Jim, in France, for tipping us off on this!)

10) Step up to the plate: become a “True Friend” of Brigada

Before the end of 2009, will you step up to the plate like the worker in Taipei did? All it takes is a single gift to Brigada, whether small or large. “True Just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for any help you can give.

5) Safe water for Pennies

Here’s absolute bacteria and virus protection in a light weight water purifier-filter. This product reportedly provides 5 gallons of safe water from any source in 42 minutes. Using new technology developed for kidney dialysis, these new .02 micron hollow fiber membrane purifiers give 100% protection against bacteria and viruses and they never need replacement! These inexpensive and lightweight water purifiers-filters will revolutionize safe water procurement for anyone traveling overseas. You can also give the lifesaving gift of safe water for an entire village by leaving one after your missions trip. See details at

http://www.deeperroots.com/

or Email
DeeperRootsataoldotcom for FREE pdf brochure or independent lab testing results.

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