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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 10 Mar 2014
Every 21 seconds, a child dies due to water-related illness, says water.org. Almost 3.4 million people die every year from waterborne diseases, according to WHO. Such statistics highlight the consequences of unsafe drinking water.
While we take several precautions at home, we become highly susceptible to water-borne diseases when we travel. This is particularly true for travelling within Third World Countries as well as to rural areas, where finding safe drinking water may become a challenge. In fact, whenever in doubt… purify the water. Traveler’s diarrhea is a common illness caused by organisms found in unclean water. It may not sound like a grave illness, but it is the leading cause of death from water-related diseases. Making sure that the water you drink is clean can help you prevent getting infected.
Safety Measures to be Taken When Travelling
Carry water with you. Yes, it will not last long, but will act as a buffer till you find clean solutions in the places you are travelling to.
- Buy sealed bottles of drinking water. These packaged water bottles can be considered safe to a large extent.
- Carry a portable kettle to boil water for drinking.
- If you are going on a safari or trekking in a forest, chances are that you would not find packaged water bottles or other options of clean water. There are a number of water purifying gadgets or agents available that can ensure the safety and purity of water:
- Traveler’s Water Purifier and Water Bottle: With a cartridge system inside, this water bottle kills gunk and destroys bacteria in tap, river or lake water. It kills over 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and viruses as well as creepy-crawlies like Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
- SteriPen: This is a portable pen structured water purifying instrument which uses ultraviolet rays to kill disease causing germs in water. It takes less than a minute to purify the water, without changing the taste of water.
- Water Purification Tablets: If you are hiking or on other adventure trips, you may find water in streams and lakes. With water purification tablets, which could be of iodine or other chemical compounds, the water from such sources can become safe for drinking.
You cannot be overcautious when it comes to ensuring water safety. It’s best to take the trouble to purify the water you will be drinking, rather than suffering an illness when you are away from home. So, enjoy your trip, but take care of your health!
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