How can I get safe water overseas?

A lingering question for overseas and Mexico travelers has to do with gaining assurance that safe drinking water is readily available. The tap water quality in many poorer nations is indeed questionable and can cause intestinal upsets and even more serious illnesses. The good news is that the major water bottlers have an impressive market penetration all across the globe and while safe bottled drinking water is not universally available across the…

What is the porous black ceramic in survival water filters made of?

The material used in so-called “survival filters” is a material the water filtration generally calls carbon block. Depending on the manufacturer and the sales process carbon block is the most common filtration media used in disposable filters. This would include refrigerator filters, faucet filters, various pitcher devices and the survival filters that you mentioned. It must be pointed out however that carbon lock is not ceramic, and scientifically speaking is…

Safe Water ! Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

I always take the greatest care to not sound water alarms when science and truth contradict my concerns. Some alerts, however like those over fracking and the situation in Flint, are very real and very much deserving of our concern, and remedial action. It never ceases to amaze me the shortcuts and bastardization of safe practices that municipalities take with drinking water, often escaping scrutinization of the public. One such…