Laboratory Results and Certifications


The Thirsy Nomad trusts in scientific rigour, independent third party laboratory testing and the principals of water science.

The Thirsty Nomad is composed of eminent scientists who are a trusted source of independent expertise on the microbiology of safe water. Here at the Thirsty Nomad we believe in backing all claims and recommendations with open, honest, scientific evidence and rigorous testing. Our proprietary filtration cartridge removes microbiological, organic, chemical and aesthetic contaminants without using chemicals or power. 

On the 9 April 2021, the Thirsty Nomad put its “5 in 1” purifier to the ultimate test, collecting water from the Brisbane River after a significant two day rain event in which the catchment received 66mm of rain over 2 days from the 6th – 7th April, 2021. As a result, the raw water collected from the Brisbane River on the 9th April had an E-Coli count of 600 CFU/100mL. For context, the Australian Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water categorise a Microbial Assessment of >500/100mL as a Category “D” which, “poses significant risk of high levels of illness transmission”.

The Thirsty Nomad 5 in 1 reduced the Raw Brisbane River water sample from a high turbidity reading measured in NTU (Nephelometric  Turbidity Units) down from 31 NTU to 0.4 NTU – as you can see in the photo below. The Thirsty Nomad “5 in1” reduced the E-Coli from an extraordinary high of 600 CFU/100mL down to <1. The choice is clear. 

All laboratory testing was carried out by NATA Accredited, Symbio Laboratories, under the Australian and New Zealand Standard 4276 .7 : 2007 Water Microbiology – Method 7. (AS/NZS 4276 .7 : 2007).

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9 April 2021

Symbio Australia, NATA Accredited Laboratories


July 2021

Laboratory Results