50949RE: Amigo mermaids
- May 1, 2004Jerry replied:
> ### The only filter I know of that carries an EPA certification is theno
> General Ecology First Need Water Purifiers. All others (Katadyn Pur, MSR,
> etc.), that I know of, are listed as filters, not purifiers. The EPA has
> certification or standards for filters.That is my understanding too, and I have bought and used all the others.
However, some of the filter suppliers do claim to meet the EPA standards for
protozoa and bacteria, and have lab results to suport these claims. I find
> > Is there any more information about the pore size or independant labresults
> > for what it will remove in the categories of protozoa, bacteria, virusesand
> > chemicals?OK, it is a Seychelle filter. That is important information which was not
> ### Contact Seychelle.
listed on the web site.
> > My concern is that '99.8%' removal does not meet any EPA standards forbacteria
> > anything, and if this is applied to either protozoa (eg Giardia) or
> > (eg E coli) it would leave enough nasties in the water for it to remaina
> > health hazard. It would be very useful to know what risks we might betaking
> > with our own health.I agree. I will opt out.
> ### Then I don't think I'd risk testing this one, if I were you.
> Boiling isI
> the only certain way to kill *all* the nasties under any water conditions.
> suggest you use that. BTW, none of the major filter manufacturers, that Iam
> aware of, advertise their products as EPA approved.Where I have no worries about viruses I use a Katadyn Hiker. It is somewhat
of a 'standard' around the world. Where there are virus concerns I use
Coghlans iodine, although I would like to try the Aquamira when it becomes
available in Australia, or possibly the Miox. These latter two both use
chlorine dioxide, which is even better than pentavalent iodine.
> Also, lab testingdon't
> indicates that the municipal water supplies of most all US cities of any
> significant size have levels of the aforementioned nasties higher that the
> listed after filter levels listed for the Seychelle. Or any other major
> manufacturer's filters either, for that matter. If you come to the US
> risk drinking the water.OUCH!
(Bring on the Coke?)
Sorry, but I have had Giardia a couple times (I know where the source was)
and as a result I am a trifle sensitive to water safety. The affliction is
pretty bad, but the cure is even worse.
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