My Experience with Clean Water (or Not)

I remember being in Nepal and telling somebody that I brushed my teeth with the tap water; “it’s not a problem, is it?” I asked when I saw the look of horror on their face. They told me about the numerous outbreaks of cholera in our neighbourhood that week. The cause of the cholera outbreak? The tap water.

Although you’d think I learned something there, I had to re-learn it – the hard way – in Peru earlier this year…a few times over. I’m not sure how I contracted the first parasite (it could have been callously brushing my teeth with tap water, washing my vegetables in it and not drying them properly, or eating an otherwise contaminated food), but suffice it to say, it was a gastronomically unpleasant experience. (There are many types of parasites, but the parasite de rigueur in this part of Peru is giardia).

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The water cleaning opportunity has been great on our side as we are now able to use and swim in cleaner water..

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