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Finding Safe Drinking Water in Nepal
Safe Drinking Water
is a major concern for most tourists when traveling. In most western
countries the quality of our drinking water has been so high for so long that
most educators do not dwell on the subject in our schools. Consequently
most westerners traveling in third world countries approach the matter of safe
drinking water with superstition and fear that has been fueled by generous
helpings of myth and rumor.
Getting the facts and understanding the truth about the dangers possible
in the water and what you can do about it help free you from much worry and yet
provide a greater foundation for your safety. About a decade ago several
University professors and Doctors including Dennis D. Jurak, once chief of the Center
for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA, wrote a rather lengthy article on the
subject of water borne dangers and water treatment. and is titled "Backcountry Drinking". This report is available in full here.
W.H.O. also has a more recent guide published. I like this one as it describes many methods for getting safe water which are applicable to Nepal.
To ease the burden of enlightenment we have a summary of facts and tips about
water below. An easy to print version that is easy to carry around with you
can be seen here
on a separate page. Most of the info is taken from "Medicine for Mountaineering
water treatment report “Backcountry Drinking” a compilation of studies and
reports by Dennis D. Jurak, chief of C.D.C in USA, and by Alan Dove, Dr. Ongerth,
Dr. Stibbs and Bill Tuthil, University professors in the USA. Studies supported
in part by the REI Environment Committee.