So you are going hiking or live out in the countryside where you take your drinking water from a local outdoor freshwater source or stream – what is the big deal about making sure your water is filtered?
Giardia is one huge reason to make sure that your water is filtered enough to remove biological and parasites even in a country like New Zealand which is viewed as having relatively safe water supplies. Giardia is now found all over New Zealand in lakes, streams and rivers and is one of the most common causes of waterborne infection and disease here. It can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea in people as well as long lasting digestive problems that can continue even after the original infection has been treated. In infants and small children it can cause more serious symptoms.
Water Purifier Systems
So the long and short of it is that if you are hiking, camping or otherwise using untreated water for cooking and drinking, you need to make sure that your water is purified in a manner strong enough to remove this troublesome parasite among other things. Berkey Portable Water Purifier systems as well as Seychelle water filter bottles and even Geigerrig hydration pack water filters will remove giardia among other things.
Make sure you don’t drink just any freshwater source without making an investment in one of these or a similarproducts.