To achieve its claimed ability to remove pathogens, water going into CamelBak’s new UV purifier must first be cleaned by a filter from a rival manufacturer. And that rival product is cheaper. That’s according to CamelBak’s own lab testing. And its not the only water treatment technology that’s incapable of performing as claimed.
It’s an informative two minute video about how waste is turned into profit:
Depending on your location, it is pulled from a reservoir (post treatment from dam/river/ocean, notably with various contaminants including medication), corpses (animal and human), bacteria and all sorts of nastiness or it comes from a waste water treatment plant after the solid waste has been removed. The real problem is storing the clean water – it’s very difficult to stop birds/etc from contaminating post-treatment water.
Poop has harmful bacteria – urine does not. Your kidneys filter at the molecular level and are very good at preventing bacteria from entering your bladder. If bacteria ever entered your bladder, you’d routinely have bladder and/or urinary tract infections, because no blood flows to those regions so you have no T cells to combat it. While urine smells foul and probably tastes worse, it wouldn’t kill you to drink it. But still don’t do it anyways because it contains waste materials that your kidneys removed from your blood for a very good reason.
What a waste!
“Where there’s dirt, there’s money.” …which makes me wonder why this would be “new” technology. Geothermal works if available, and population/demand can easily outstrip supply. This makes sense as an add-on to existing waste treatment plants – shipping between seems like a waste of time and resources, but not everyone has the space or foresight.