Among the things I now get paid to do (such as make ice cream sandwiches out of Pop-Tarts and eat them) is test whatever makes its way into the Houston Press offices, especially if it seems (a) interesting and/or (b) sublimely ridiculous. Luckily, the LifeBag water filtration system came to our offices just in time for hurricane season and our editorial assistant, Blake, had the brilliant idea of finding the most disgusting water in Houston and seeing what the LifeBag would make of it.
Our first idea was to take water from Buffalo Bayou and attempt to make it potable, clumps of unidentified detritus and all. But then we noticed some language on the side of the filtration system that warned against using raw sewage (and seawater, for that matter). So, obviously, Buffalo Bayou was out.
We didn’t want terribly clean water, though, and set about thinking of the nastiest water we could put into the LifeBag without potentially compromising our health and wellbeing. We finally settled on the duck pond at Hermann Park, at which point Blake set off to gather water for our test. A transcript of his conversation with two concerned gentleman at the duck pond, as well as the results of our test, follow here:
If the above isn’t enough to convince you to go read the post, here are two added bonuses: (1) there’s video and (2) after the pond water experiment, we tried filtering vodka.
Go. Read. Now.