Rives- What kind (brand) did you buy, and from where?
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While just slightly off topic, I came across this article on purifying water on the BBC news site awhile back, and was struck by its simplicity and practicality. Perhaps you can pass the information along.
In northern Brazil, residents in the town of Oroba are using an altogether different method in order to purify water and prevent disease.
Original article can be found here
Loonytunz: Good info. I've contacted them by e-mail and suggested a program. I think together we can multiply our efforts, but it may take time. In the short term I would still like to do what we can do.
So, just go to a local camping store and buy water purification tablets that are labelled "kills viruses" or viral which is their main problem right now. Mail these to us, and we will ship end of the week. If there is an update from the contact Loonytunz gave us I will check.
Rel: I haven't had time to look into the whole article. I have been told (and this could be wrong) that to kill viruses in water requires chemical treatment. Micro-organisms can be killed in other ways and the UV probably does that. I just don't know if it deals with viruses, which is their main issue right now as I understand it.
The article specifically says:
The ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun's rays eliminates virtually all disease-causing bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms.
I cannot personally vouch for the efficacy of the process they describe, but UV irradiation is a proven disinfection technique, and is definitely effective against viruses. In this case it has the additional advantage of being readily available--and free.
If I get a chance to delve into this further I'll let you know. What struck me about the BBC piece was that the technique is simple, cheap, effective and has been extensively tested in the field.
Hope this helps.
I've just returned from CES. I want to thank all of you that have thus far sent in water purification tablets and other means for purifying water. I am shipping all out on Friday, so if anyone else is shipping to us please do so quickly.
I will have to say, there were a few individuals that were very generous to this cause, well beyond what I would have expected. I won't embarass anyone by listing names--but again a thank you. My shipping bill will be greater because of your generousity--and worth every cent.