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Sep 26, 2014

Enterobacteria in village springs: Use a filter on the “yucky" water!

An analysis by the Office for Food Safety in the Swiss canton of Graubünden has left hikers and bikers in the Swiss alps feeling uneasy: Every third spring along heavily frequented hiking and biking routes revealed a high concentration of enterobacteria. One gulp from Alpine springs always thought to be pure can lead to serious diarrhea. A water filter from Katadyn is a remedy.

Fresh, clean drinking water directly from the source. Many outdoor sports enthusiasts embrace this feeling and fill their bottles at mountain and village springs. Unfortunately, an investigation by the Office for Food Safety of the Swiss canton of Graubünden contradicts this ideal. Among approximately 30 springs in the canton of Graubünden, every third contained too much enterobacteria, mostly coming from neighboring cow pastures. The concentration in one spring was even classified as a health hazard. In summary: Visually clear water can be deceiving. The only way to be sure about drinking water in the Alpine region is to filter it to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Filtering is the fastest way to make potable water from water contaminated with bacteria. The filtered water can be consumed immediately, and the process is easy. The minute pores of the filter (0,0002 mm) simply catch pathogens. Easy drinking water filters, such as the Katadyn MyBottle or the Katadyn Hiker Pro, are tailored to the needs of hiking and biking.  They guarantee safe drinking water any time, and can be taken along without a problem. These filters are available at outdoor and sports retailers.

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