has anyone bothered with a water purifier or filter when travelling to China/Thailand/Laos/Vietnam/Cambodia?
Was thinking of taking one to cut down on the amount of bottled water we'd need to buy - I'd imagine we'd be going through around 3 litres of water each a day, so the less we'd spend on that the more we could spend on other things (not to mention the environmental factor of not using so much plastic).
If you're going to be in the area for a good few months then it's probably not a bad idea. I know that good quality filters can be expensive things to buy.
If you're going to be doing quite a bit of trekking then definitely a good idea.
As for the 'green' factor - anything that helps reduce the amount of plastic used has got to be a good thing!
The rise in the use of plastic and other non-biodegradable packaging in 'developing' countries poses real environmental problems. People that until very recently have lived in a society where everything is used and nothing goes to waste are now using the same sort of man-made packaging as the 'so-called' developed world. The issues regarding the disposal or re-cycling of these products has yet to be addressed.
It can be very frustrating: I remember once being sold some street food in Laos, served traditionally on a banana leaf. As I was about to take it the stall holder tried to insist that I let her then put it in a plastic bag!!
I also remember driving into the Bolivian town of Uyuni. The town is located in the desert on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. You know when you are approaching Uyuni because for the last few miles leading into the town the landscape is covered with blue plastic bags full of rubbish, for as far as the eye can see.
As travellers we do all have a responsibility here. Compared to the 'often poor' local population I'm sure the average 'comparatively wealthy' traveller consumes and disposes of far more plastic waste.
Anyway that's my Friday rant on the evils of our modern disposable society over with for the time being. Have a great weekend everyone
it's some 10 pence per litre of iced water which can be found on every street corner - otherwise carrying with you a day supply or filter (not as practical).
I have a camelbak which I would be using mostly in my day pack, so that would be 3 litres. I was hoping to fill that at night, and purify it overnite. Then supplement with bottles during the day if needed.
It's not the cost per bottle that is bothering me mostly, it's just that at 3 litres a day, over 5 or 6 months, that adds up to a lot of 10pence a litre bottles. and as I said I'd rather not be dumping bottle after bottle of plastic.
We aren't going to be doing a lot of trekking, but will be doing some. I also know that using iodine for that long is not a good idea, so would need to do week on-week off of iodine, so maybe a combination of water purifier and iodine tablets would work out as a reasonably cheap solution.
I'd definately recommend a small filter. only time i ever got sick was drinking water that was supposedly already filterd. ceramic filters last a long time and take up very little space. go for it
I agree -- it's depressing and quite common to come upon a mountain of empty plastic bottles, so as I prepare for my next trip to S.E. Asia, I am considering buying an MSR Miox no-pump purifier which is said to filter both bacterial and viral organisms. I wonder if anyone has experience with this filter system. The cost is about US $130.
I was told not to bother with a filter and just use iodine tabs instead, you can get colorless ones , they don't taste very good though!