Molly Crookshank: Water-to-Go kept me safe in the Amazon

Hello there, my name is Molly Crookshank and I am an Animal Biologist living in Edinburgh with a strong passion for wildlife and conservation. This summer I spent time in Guyana and Ecuador assisting scientific research in the rainforest at the Iwokrama reserve and Timburi Cocha Research Station. Travelling with my Water-to-Go bottle I was able to experience these fascinating places without any risk of illness from drinking water. It also meant I bought less plastic bottles on my journey. 

I completed my final research project for my undergraduate degree in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. This was an unforgettable experience and what made me so determined to completed my degree. Unfortunately due to the water quality I was frequently unwell, which affected my fitness out on survey. I was therefore delighted to have Water-to-Go sponsor me a bottle for my jungle adventure this summer 2018 and felt totally prepared for what was to come.

“Water-to-Go have successfully specialised in making filtration bottles to eliminate 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source. This was ideal as it meant I could drink straight from the Amazon River.”

Molly Crookshank

 

Operation Wallacea Research Project in Guyana

My journey started in Guyana, one of the most intact rainforests in the world. This was with Operation Wallacea, a conservation and research organisation. Research was carried out in Iwokrama reserve, the green heart of Guyana.

Monitoring the biodiversity is vital in order to see how their sustainable logging is affecting the forest. Surveys are carried out daily and in the intense heat and humidity, keeping hydrated was essential.

Living in the forest was incredible, we slept in hammocks, had bucket showers and had basic structures made by the locals where we had our jungle laboratory.

In this remote environment living so close to people, it is easy to get sick. In fact nearly half the scientist became ill with a parasite from drinking the water and prevented them going out on survey. However, I was able to stay fit and healthy throughout the entire time on expedition, for which I am very grateful to Water-to-Go.

Getting to know the locals in Guyana was a true highlight and re-emphasised the importance of local engagement to conservation. Their own commitment to their environment is incredibly strong and their expert knowledge of their surroundings is invaluable.

Jungle Journey Continued: Exploring Ecuador

After the most incredible month spent in Guyana, I continued my jungle journey to the Amazon in Ecuador to assist a PhD student at Timburi Cocha Research Station adjacent to the Payamino River.

This was such an amazing experience and I got to see how the local communities are using and benefiting from their rainforest. Coffee and cocoa are the main crops produced in this region.

For the PhD we dissected bromeliads from the amazon rainforest, at different heights of trees and collected the invertebrates. This was great fun to test my invertebrate taxonomy and luckily it didn’t take long for me to get used to the creepy crawlies. I have always been fascinated by ants as they are amazing ecosystem engineers and have colonised on nearly every continent!

One of the highlights was walking up Armadillo Hill to get a spectacular view over the amazon. Having my Water-to-Go bottle, meant I didn’t have to worry about the source of the water I was drinking from, so I was able to keep hydrated throughout the long hike. 

Having being able to fully embrace every moment of the rainforest without suffering any illness, I was able to get far more out of this trip compared with 2017.   

I was lucky enough to have a week after to travel around Ecuador. With the incredible mountainous terrain and beautiful waterfalls, it didn’t take long to realise how truly amazing this country was.

Having my Water-to-Go bottle I not only cut down on plastic bottles but I also never had to worry about drinking from the tap in the towns and cities.

What adventure is my bottle going to take me on next?

I have recently just started my postgraduate Masters course in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at Edinburgh Napier University.  For my research project, I plan to go to South Africa next June to study in the Gondwana Reserve. Here I will be looking at the effects of herbivore grazing in the Cape Floral Kingdom. With the Water-to-Go replaceable filters, I can now take my bottle and stay hydrated for my data collection in South Africa.

Thank you Water-to-Go!

Water-to-Go now available in Canada

Water-to-Go is now available in North America! We are truly living up to our name, with our water bottles ‘going’ all over the world!

Water-to-Go Canada is ready for business and you can purchase directly off the Canadian website – www.watertogo-canada.com

Water-to-Go Canada will initially sell the Black 75cl Bottle with Black Sleeve and Replacement Filters. We hope to be offering the full Water-to-Go range as quickly as possible.

Our customers in the United States will welcome the news as well. Ordering directly from Canada will significantly reduce the cost of shipping.

Canada is the 15th country to be selling Water-to-Go water bottles with the brand launching in India just last week.

Water-to-Go is also available in 15 countries. Click here to see where else.

The Canadian team is nestled in the heart of the Alberta, surrounded by picturesque wilderness, bears and beautiful rivers and lakes. Our bottles are well equipped for the Canadian Wilderness, with ‘Giardia’ (aka Beaver Fever) prominent in lakes, ponds, creeks and streams.

According to HealthLink BC “Giardiasis is one of the more common infectious causes of diarrhoea lasting more than 2 weeks.” People most at risk are hikers and travellers in wilderness areas that drink water that has not been correctly treated.

Water-to-Go’s arrival in Canada will be well received by locals who spent an estimated $2.4 Billion CAD on bottled water in 2015 (Source: Euromonitor). That’s around 2.5 Billion litres of bottled water! That’s great news for the planet as reducing the amount of single-use plastic water bottles produced saves valuable natural resources and reduces the amount of plastic waste.

With Water-to-Go, Canadians and travellers to the Great White North can enjoy clean, safe filtered water no matter where they are.

Check out www.watertogo-canada.com for more info.