Posted by Dave H on November 12, 2007, 2:28 pm
I have read with great interest the discussion on water quality. I work for the State Water Quality Control Board although I work mostly with rivers and forest ecology and restoration. I do have great contacts with those who work on municipal water quality issues. The new, best cheap method for purifying drinking water is Reverse Osmosis. |
I have just purchased a reverse osmosis water purification system for $159.00 Dollars U.S (there is a $259 high production model too)and will be installing it in the house in La Manzanilla soon and giving it a test run.
It will filter out all heavy metals and other junk, and leave good minerals (don't know how but our Water Quality Chemist say yes it does work). But most importantly it will remove all "Cysts" (as they put it). What it really means is the water this produces is better than the "bottled" water we get in Ma Manzanilla (although I really don't have a problem with it) it is just inconvenient some times.
The system will produce water with no "bugs" virus etc., it will also remove salt heavy metals and other standard minerals to a set level that still leaves a good taste, and with reduction the house plants will not suffer from salt as was mentioned on the Message board. It can filter up to 10 gallons and hour and the filters last for about 6 months, and new ones are $ 45.00. It is available at Home Depot and is made by GE.
Although this clears up personal use I still think you folks are right on to try and protect the water in the town for everybody's sake. The river source can not handle the present two major diversions. Fixing the roads is good for reducing use but removing the "Big Gorilla in the closet" is critical for our future. Did anyone have that "Talk" with Tamarindo?
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