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The AQUASMART® Sport Bottle - For traveling, walking, running, gym, hiking and biking, preparedness, emergency, agriculture, military, sports, casual use. The perfect gift for the fit and healthy people in your life.
Performance: Removes 99.9% or greater of Cryptosporidium and Giardia Lamblia. These are waterborne parasites. Giardia exists in 95% of all North American waters, regardless of visible purity. Nearly all water related illnesses in the wilderness are Giardia related. While bacteria and viruses have a difficult time surviving in wilderness waters (the UV rays from sunlight deactivate them) parasites such as Giardia can last for decades.
How the Bottle works: This is a new technology, which will someday replace what most filters are made of today. Most filtration for waterborne parasites uses a membrane to screen out the microorganism. The membrane is rated by micron size. One micron is 1/1,000 of a millimeter; Giardia is about 5 to 10 microns in size.
Cryptosporidium is a tubular shaped cyst that measures on average 3 microns by 6 microns long. The trouble with membranes is that they must screen out water borne parasites by making sure that the porosity of the membrane is smaller than the microorganism. Usually, a 2 to 3 micron membrane will suffice. The problem is that at that porosity, you often need a pump to push the water through the microscopic pores of the membrane, or at the least, suffer a significant pressure drop. Alternatively, a new method has been developed which falls under the heading: tortuosity. Like its name implies, the removal of the water borne parasite is accomplished by creating a path so tortuous that the microorganism becomes trapped.
Sintered polymer technology: The AQUASMART® filter is made of exceptionally small spheres of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW). These spheres are blended in a proprietary ratio with powdered activated carbon, zeolites and a proprietary compound, and then sintered at a temperature such that the spheres adhere to each other but do not lose their shape. That is, they are not melted together. The result is a polymer matrix that has literally millions of pathways. The pathways are so tortuous that the microorganisms become trapped inside, partly due to their irregular shapes (tubular in the case of Cryptosporidium), and partly because the polymer and the organisms have opposing electric charges, which attract each other. Once trapped and bonded, the organism, whose natural state is dormant, remains inside. Water flows through with only slight resistance because water is both liquid and symmetrical, thereby eliminating the need for a pump.
Testing: AQUASMART® filters are batch tested at the University of Arizona's department of microbiology, one of the few laboratories in the United States that tests water filters using live microorganisms. Even NSF uses sawdust, rather than live cysts in its testing protocol. Results consistently have shown well in excess of a 99.9% reduction of these parasites, using water spiked with over 50,000 live parasites per ml.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:
1. Remove Cap
2. Remove Filter
3. Fill Bottle with water
4. Insert Filter into Bottle
5. Replace Cap
6. Before Initial use: flush water through filter to remove fines; repeat each time filter is replaced.
1. Do not use Hot Water.
2. Do not Freeze.
Sport Bottle detailed information (for printing) (.pdf)
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