Drinking water in Latin America

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Drinking water in Latin America

Postby kerriii » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:31 pm

I'l be spending 3 months on tours through Central America, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

I know that drinking tap water in most of these countries is advised against, however I don't really want to have to buy countless plastic bottles which will just end up in a landfill somewhere.

Was thinking of filling my own bottle with tap water and using water purifying tablets each day. I can't see why this would be a problem but would anyone advise against this?

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Re: Drinking water in Latin America

Postby Janice08 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:15 pm

Another option is a "steripen." It's a small battery operated UV light water purifier that you can treat a water bottle in about 1 1/2 minutes without the chemicals. I've used it all over Central America and in Peru and didn't get sick. Its far more convenient than buying water and a lot faster than purification tablets, some of which take up to 4 hours to fully work. They can be finicky at times so make sure you bring the instructions with you and have a back up plan. They are available on line or in most outdoor/camping stores.

Even if you do choose to buy water, bring a refillable water bottle. A lot of hotels offer free refills and if you are in a place for a few days you can buy a big jug and keep it in your room or split it with others in your group.
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Re: Drinking water in Latin America

Postby kerriii » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:45 am

Thanks Janice.

I've been looking at 'steripens' and they do seem really worth having. Just a bit out of my budget right now unfortunately.

Thanks for the tip about how long it takes for tablets to work, will look out for that when I'm buying them.
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Re: Drinking water in Latin America

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:48 am

I hate tablets but they tasted awful back when I used them and you had to be pretty careful about how you used them. They will only sterilize water they come into contact with and a lot of people forget about the lip of the bottle they're using.

I prefer a ceramic water filter -- a good one screens out stuff that may not be affected by the tablets and you can keep the ends separated to avoid cross-contamination on your drinking bottle.
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