I Confess…I Drink Lake Water and So Do My Kids

Do you ever find yourself outdoors with no water? Maybe you brought a bottle of water on your hike but drank it during the first leg of your hike only to be left thirsty and tired at the end. Or maybe your a serious outdoors explorer and backpack to remote places where you can’t possibly carry enough water with you, let alone stop somewhere to pick up another bottle of water on your way.

Have you ever been so thirsty that you were tempted to drink lake or stream water? My husband drank water from a cool stream in Mexico once and was so sick afterward, but that is another story.

Today, I want to tell you about a way you can drink lake water safely. I was just introduced to Lifestraw® Go, an advance water bottle that uses a technology called hollow fiber to filter 99.999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites and more from lake or stream water.

If your like me, you need more proof.


Lifestraw® Go, information, and additional product have all been provided by Vestergaard.

If you are like my son, you don’t need proof!  As a total outdoors kid and cub scout, he was ready to put the science of  this advanced filter technology to the test.

We went to our local park to test it out on a hike. My 9 year old eagerly filled up the LifeStraw Go with lake water.  Yes, lake water. It doesn’t seem logical that drinking lake water is safe when you drink it out of a seemingly normal looking water bottle. LifeStraw Go isn’t just a normal water bottle, it provides filtered water that passes USA EPA drinking water standards.

LifeStraw Go removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria including E.coli and salmonella. It removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoa including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. P1280249

Just screw the lid back on the bottle and suck through the flip-top bite valve. P1280252

life-innerworkingsThe lake water goes in the bottle. It is then filtered up through the hollow fiber membrane that traps pathogens inside. Only clean water comes out of the mouthpiece. Yes, clean, filtered, cold water.

It doesn’t even taste like the bad well water we had at our old house let alone lake water. It’s not muddy as it reduces turbidity.

Just one LifeStraw Go can filter up to 264 gallons of water! This bottle is going to last us forever!

I’ll be 100% honest. I didn’t know if I could trust it. Even if the EPA says it’s ok. Even if the tests did. I made Elijah spit the first sip out before I could taste it.

I. was. amazed.

It taste great. Seriously. I was surprised, very surprised.

Lifestraw-GoWhat an amazing invention! This is perfect for all of us who love the outdoors. We don’t go on day long or week long hikes but this is nice to take with us when we do hike or camp. I plan to keep this in the car so we can always have access to clean, filtered water, no matter where we are. I’m putting it in our emergency preparedness kit.  Actually, that is where LifeStraw Go started. In 2005 it was introduced as an emergency response tool to follow natural disasters so people have clean drinking water. Every family should have at least one of these for such cases. They even sell family size versions.

In the USA, we have plenty of clean water – except for maybe while enjoying the great outdoors hiking, running, or other recreations. This is NOT the case around the world.

780 million people lack access to clean water – that’s more than 2-1/2 times the United States population.

Every minute at least 1 child dies from a water-related illness. That’s 3.4 million people every year.

LifeStraw is on a mission to help these developing communities by providing safe drinking water for schools.


50% of schools around the world don’t have fresh water. This leads to many diarrhea illnesses, absenteeism, and even death.

When you purchase a LifeStraw product, they will contribute part of the funds to give a LifeStraw Community product to schools in developing communities.

Buy one for your family for recreation purposes and another emergency preparedness. This is also a great Christmas gift idea for active people on your list.

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This is not a paid post. All opinions and views are my own. Thank you Vestergaard for providing the product to facilitate this review and for the giveaway.

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