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Trav-L-Pure Maximising System Performance Trav-L-Pure Maximising System Performance

Tips To Maximise Trav-L-Pure Performance

  1. Always fill the supply canister from the cleanest water source available.
    Obviously, avoid raw sewage and undiluted industrial discharges.
    If water is visibly cloudy, fill a container with water, allow dirt to settle, then pour water into the TRAV-L-PURE container.
    Please remember, however, that cysts, asbestos, silt, etc. and most other harmful contaminants are invisibly small and can sometimes clog the canister as quickly as murky waters, depending upon the concentrations and characteristics of the contaminants.
    Rapidly moving water, whether clean or murky, typically carries high levels of clogging debris and should be avoided.

  2. Avoid freezing the unit.
    Although freezing will not destroy the "Structured Matrix™", excess loose water may rupture the canister and water cannot pass until the microfiltration matrix is sufficiently thawed.

  3. While the TRAV-L-PURE unit is sturdy, it can break if dropped; or if frozen while full of water.
    Check to be sure the system is intact. A simple test to assure that the canister has not been damaged internally, either during use or transport, is to:
    • Add two drops of blue food dye coloring (included with unit) to the water in the TRAV-L-PURE container.
    • Pump this solution through the unit. The microfiltered water should be colorless.
    • If blue color shows, even faintly, the internal canister matrix has most likely been damaged. THE SYSTEM SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON UNDER THIS CONDITION AND MUST BE REPLACED.

  4. For storage between trips, we recommend that 500 ml of a diluted disinfectant solution (iodine per instructions or a diluted household bleach, 1/4 tsp. to 4 litres water — NO MORE!) be pumped slowly through the TRAV-L-PURE system.(Do not add undiluted bleach directly to the unit.)
    Then pump the remaining "loose" water from the canister.
    Because of the possibility of airborne microorganisms collecting on exterior of canister matrix during periods of non-use, and as a matter of good maintenance, we recommend repeating this procedure prior to the next use.

  5. Ultrafine microstraining causes back pressure during pumping.
    A rapid reduction in pumping pressure, compared to pressure experienced during initial use of the new unit, is an indication of possible damage to the canister matrix. The most likely cause of damage is shock loading if dropped or during transportation. The unit should be checked, accordingly, before further use as outlined in Step #3, above.

  6. The canister will eventually clog with particulate matter.
    When pumping becomes difficult, remove and check the prefilter and rinse clean as necessary. If this does not reduce pumping pressure and the flow rate is still reduced, the canister should be replaced.

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