A portable water purifier is a great tool to have with you whether
you are traveling abroad to a third world country, or simply "living off
the land" on a camping weekend! UV light as a water purification system
is tested and effective!
UV Light Purification as an
Alternative to the Water Filter Systems
When you are
heading out on a hike you want to take only what you need and still make
your pack as light as possible, a UV water filtration system can go a
long way to lightening your load. You obviously know how important it is
to keep yourself hydrated when you are hiking on the trail. Those
store-bought plastic bottles of water are convenient for you to get but
you probably will need more than one or two bottles while you're on the
trail and let's face it those can get really heavy. Having a way to
purify the water available to you on the trail is ideal.
filters are good for such an occasion but they can be bulky and time
consuming to filter and annoying to use if the water is already pretty
clear. The beauty of a UV light filtration system is that the system is
very small and compact. It is generally not much bigger than a good
sized pocket knife and often weighs less than a pound. They are easy to
use and you don't have to worry about wearing your arm out pumping the
These little lights are simple. You simply go to what every
water source you have available. Fill your container with the water,
stick the UV light filtration system into the water and turn it on. Each
light is slightly different on the exact length of time that you need
to expose the water volume before it is considered purified. You will
need to follow your instructor guide on this part, generally though you
will have a 16 ounce bottle purified in just under a minute. Once the
time is up simply turn off the light and remove it from the bottle.
That's it, no pumping required.
These lights will kill 99% of
bacteria, viruses and common protozoans. They are very affective and you
don't have to worry about clogging or cleaning. Simply wipe off the
light and put the cover back on it. They do have one big draw back and
that is the fact that if the water is dirty with sludge and dirt then
you will simply be drinking purified muddy water. The taste and dirt
will still be there.
UV light purifiers are great for those who
know they are going to an area that has clear water but are unsure of
what microscopic undesirables might be lurking in the water.