Boating and RV 2017-05-21T05:50:07+00:00


Exploring the best nature has to offer, whether by crossing the country in an RV, or sailing to places where the butter melts requires proper planning and preparation. Testing and treating the water in your RV or boat ‎is important, to ensure everyone enjoys the trip.

While the quality water we use at home is usually not a concern, drinking and using water that has high level of bacteria contamination during a camping or boating trip can make you seriously  ill. People with a weak immune system are particularly at risk.

Water from natural sources such lakes, rivers and mountain streams and ponds may contain invisible but harmful micro-organisms called pathogens. The same is true with water stored in containers on the boat, during long sailing trips.

Using bacteria contaminated water can cause symptoms ranging from mild nausea and fever to severe diarrhea and hepatitis.

It is important to take the necessary precautions while boating or RV-ing  to make sure the water you use is safe.

What Precautionary Measures Should I Take?

If you are out in the nature avoid drinking water from lakes, rivers and ponds without testing it first, using a do-it-yourself test kit. These sources of water might look clean, but may be polluted due to industrial and agricultural activities, and other human causes.

During your boating or RV trips drink only bottled or boiled water if possible. Only brush your teeth with safe drinking water.

Finally, make sure you clean the water storage containers periodically and thoroughly. Stored water may easily become contaminated.

How Can AquaVial Help Ensure The Water the I Use During My Travels is Safe?

AquaVial is a do-it-yourself test that can be used even in remote travel locations with very accurate results, in as little as 15 minutes.

Due to its high sensitivity, using AquaVial will help you accurately determine the level of bacteria contamination in your water. If the liquid in the test vial changes color from pink to purple, the water is only slightly contaminated and it not safe to drink, but might be safe to use for other activities, such as showering. If the liquid completely uses its colour (becomes clear) the water is highly contaminated and should not be used.

What Should I Do In Case I Discover the Water is Contaminated?

Depending on the level or contamination, do not drink or/and use the water. In case you are away from home for a few days, try to use bottle water only, if available. Boiling the water will also kill all known pathogens. Other emergency disinfection methods include  the use of disinfection tablets, chlorine bleach and tincture of iodine. In case you travel for an extended period of time, bring the issue to the attention of those responsible and ask for an appropriate plan of action.

Why Use AquaVial

There are many treatments to ensure that the water in your pool doesn’t just look “clean”, but it is in fact  germ-free. The main challenge is choosing the right treatment for your pool or hot tub.

AquaVial can help you determine if you use the right treatment, how well the treatment works, if you treat the water often enough, or too often.


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