Lifestraw: Carrying safe drinking water on the go

If you’ve read my last post, you must be aware how I’ve committed to spend next one year in rural India. Maybe, more!

It’s easy to say drinking water isn’t a problem when you’re sitting in that apartment on 11th floor where the guy delivering 30 liter mineral water bottle earns more than double of a farmer family in rural parts of the country. But, visit this side and you’ll meet the challenge right in its face.

For someone like me who has majorly lived in cities, when leaving for villages, I was warned by several people at multiple instances to avoid drinking contaminated water at any cost. I’m not sure if the risk is higher to an outsider or it’s just another duplicitous concept according to which some lives are more important than others – in the name of privilege of course.

When I first got to know about it, Lifestraw seemed too good to be true. In their words, “Stop at a river, stream, or even a puddle. Fill up the bottle, screw on the lid, and sip filtered water through the mouthpiece.” To a forever skeptical Indian, that sounded like a con. Plus, from whatever little I had heard, I recalled someone mentioning how it was a product made only for the parts of Africa where clean water is a major issue. Well, Asia isn’t far behind. At least, India clearly is not.

So what about those who are living in the interiors with contaminated water since always and will continue to do so? Why don’t we caution them enough? Lifestraw, if you’re listening, I’d love to partner up to initiate a project in the villages of south Madhya Pradesh (because it’s most accessible to me right now). Uttar Pradesh is closer to heart though.

As far as I’m concerned, I already love the blues of this bottle. Check out the details and specifications here.

Where/When would I use it?

  1. Almost every day as part of my new job profile, as it requires visiting the homes of rural poor every other day. Instead of out-rightly refusing a glass of water or directly drinking from it, I can ask them to refill my bottle. So that no one gets hurt.
  2. On the Himalayan hikes and treks (whenever that happens). The stream water high up in the hills must be the cleanest but with all the civilization, commercialization and development, even the pure has become relatively polluted. Also, drinking water may not be easily available in remote areas.
  3. While in transit. And that’s happening quite often, to my pleasure.

Yes, it’s expensive and yes, I got one for free in exchange of spreading the word. But if investing in safe drinking water at home makes sense, why not on the road? Highly recommended for those who are often on the go!

Moreover, when you purchase any of their products, a part of it goes to community water purifiers to schools in developing countries that don’t have ready access to safe drinking water. The funds also support the comprehensive health education, quarterly follow-up visits, and routine maintenance that ensure the purifiers are used properly and have a real, sustained impact on the health of school children. In India, they are currently working with primary schools in Rajasthan. You can even get involved in the project.

So next, I’d love to get my hands on Lifestraw steel. And you?

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