To: Birding-Aus Aus <>
Subject: LifeStraw
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 12:58:28 +1000
Dear B-A,

I have recently come across LifeStraw , a small (22cm x 3.5cm), lightweight (approx 30g) tube, with a mouth-piece at one end. It will filter out a minimum of 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoans. With a LifeStraw, you can safely drink water from sources which you would normally hesitate to wash in. A personal LifeStraw will purify up to 1000 litres of water ( or to put it into context, the equivalent to one pallet of bottled water). There is also a "family" LifeStraw, which has a grater flow rate and is capable of purifying up to 18,00 litres of water, which would be useful for use in semi-permanent camps.. While our town water supplies are, usually, drinkable, having to cart your own water everywhere can be a bit of a pain. Being able to safely drink water from just about any creek, dam or water-hole, does have its advantages, especially if you are stuck out in the bush somewhere. A useful thing to add to your emergency kit. Unfortunately I don't think it will make bore water any more palatable.

I bought a couple from the local agent , cost $20.95 + p&p. I am going to Sabah next month and will try mine out in a variety of waters. It will be interesting to see what the Kinabatangan water tastes like.

Profits from sales of LifeStraw are used to subsidise the distribution of LifeStraw to individuals and communities in the third world. A nice idea, buy one and reduce your own water supply costs when birding and help save the lives of others.

I have no affiliation commercial or otherwise with LifeStraw, apart from being a customer who thinks it is a brilliant concept.


Carl Clifford


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