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Water purification

Is anyone familiar with any water filtration systems in Costa Rica?  We are off grid and have access to a quebrada but the water is not clean.  We are trying to learn about some type of water filtration system that may be common in Costa Rica and not real expensive.

thanks

Have you had your water tested in a local laboratory?
Years ago, we used a ultraviolet system for ground water, here in CR.
There are many problems caused by animals previously being raised on, near or downhill of rural properties.

I just remembered that we used this business while living in another location, so you may want to contact Jim Ryan that owns a company that is located in Liberia, Guanacaste and is involved in both solar and water treatment.

To drink quebrada water you would want to have it tested first of all , for bacteria like giardia or similar, and for chemicals etc.

A "filter" will probably not do it, you'll need a reverse osmosis or more likely, a distillation system.

If you use distillation don't forget to add minerals back in or take a mineral supplement as distilled water will not provide minerals and will deplete them from your body as well. But it's perfectly do-able as long as you take a good mineral supplement, preferably a liquid one. And / or eat plenty of fresh veges and fruits, kelp, spirulina etc

kohlerias :

Have you had your water tested in a local laboratory?
Years ago, we used a ultraviolet system for ground water, here in CR.
There are many problems caused by animals previously being raised on, near or downhill of rural properties.

Any idea how to find a good qualified water testing lab in Costa Rica and how much it costs to have your water checked?
As I said in the other post, one would want to make sure they check for bacteria, chemicals, and various other things like mercury, lead, etc.
Here's an idea of the kind of stuff one should check for, but perhaps even more things here in Costa Rica:
Water Filter Comparisons
Note: Even a filter like the one on that page would not be suitable for creek water which would require distillation or something. The link above is just an idea of the kinds of things a filter in the USA filters out of tap water.

Thank you.  Excellent points.  We had the water tested in San Isidro for about $25.  It came back negative for consumption.  We are looking at a reverse osmosis system.  The builder claims its all doable.  We will get it tested periodically.

There is a water testing place in San Ramon across from Claro - the Claro office across from the park.  There is a "loboritorio" sign  above the office.

They test just about anything - blood, soil, e5c., etc.

Good to know, re the lab, Dave. Thanks.

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