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Why Campers Need Ultraviolet Water Purification

Aug 8, 2008
It's chilling to think that simple drinking water can contain the virus or bacteria that could make one incredibly sick. This is especially true on camping trips, where access to purified water is going to be extremely limited. Thankfully there are ultraviolet water purifiers for those who like to stay safe on their vacation.

The ultraviolet purifying system is going to defeat around 99.9% of many types of harmful agents- including bacteria and viruses. This is accomplished since the rays penetrate the the thin membrane of the organisms and disrupt their DNA- effectively rendering them useless.

The best alternative to purify one's drinking water is going to be through the use of chemicals. Chemicals can be used to sterilize the drinking water, but they are often more expensive and can sometimes produce effects that may be unsafe to those drinking the water. Thus, UV purification is often regarded as the better of the two.

The great part about the ultraviolet purification process is that it is also going to be incredibly fast. Chemicals take much time to dilute into the water, and must linger around to ensure most of the harmful agents are destroyed. The UV process will generally only take anywhere from a minute to a few minutes, depending on the model purchased. Either way, this is a very miniscule amount of time when one considers that purifying a drinking source in the first place is otherwise an impossible task.

Some models of the ultraviolet water purification products can run off of solar power. Obviously they will run on batteries in case of a storm or on a cloudy day, but this can help keep the device working longer on a camping trip simply because it is more energy efficient. And when stores that carry batteries can be miles away, this can be a potentially life-saving option. As such, consumers are urged to obtain models that carry this featured.

Consumers should be reminded that the act of purifying water in portable options is quite a complicated process that wasn't available decades ago. Because they are still relatively new and feature latest technologies in their construction, UV water purifiers are typically going to be around $100 or more. Many will feature different options and add-ons, which are recommended if a consumer is serious about their safety while camping and hiking.

Closing Comments

Water purification has come a long way. Many are still stuck on using strips and chemical tablets, but as technology shows the clear winner, we'll see ultraviolet models take the lead on the consumer market. Many models can be found online if not through local retailers, so be sure to have one before going on the next camping trip.
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