As I sucked the Colorado mountain creek water through the Pure2Go water purifier, I thought to myself, “This could be really great or totally foolish.”
It’s a leap of faith to drink creek water. Even in the Colorado mountains, untreated water is often home to intestinal parasites like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Sip from the wrong source, and you could end up sick for weeks.
Still, I drank. After a couple of pulls to get the flow started through the unit and expelling the first few tastes of water, the system started flowing and I starting drinking and drinking and drinking. It was a leap of faith, but that faith was not entirely blind.
The maker of the Pure2Go (Water One, Inc.) is a big deal in the water purification world. The company specializes in large-scale industrial purification systems, but has been working on mobile “straw” capabilities for several years. Because of their efforts in this space, they were approached by the US Military to solve a specific problem: keep the troops from getting sick.
The next generation of military “straw” capabilities needed to be light, portable, and functional, and not just filter but purify. Most importantly it needed to work in line with the troops’ camelbak-style hydration bladders. Not only is the water not potable in areas where the troops are, the packs themselves are not maintained properly. Often, troops get sick even if the water is potable in the pack.
WaterOne embraced the challenge and is now ready to bring the latest generation of Pure2Go purifiers to the public market.