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Old 04-21-2014, 03:49 PM   #15
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Actually, you probably do. Chlorine ( bleach ) is used in most municipal water to disinfect.
If you let it sit out for a half hour or so, the chlorine dissipates.
Glen, you are correct I phrased that poorly, sorry. I should have said I would not want to drink water disinfected ONLY with bleach. Most municipal water systems in the U.S. get their water from wells which basically act as a very large filtration system to remove Cryptosporidium.Those that do use surface water take steps to filter out the things that bleach won't kill.

I really don't want to seem like I am beating a dead horse here. Truth be told most surface water found in a place where you would want to camp won't hurt you, most of the time. But like everything we all get to decide what's safe enough and make our decisions.

I just wanted to pass along current standard practices as currently taught in the wilderness education community. The system I linked to is a relatively cheap, light weight, and safe system to extend boondocking time is certain situations. To be honest from what I know the limiting factor for most people is tank capacity more than water.

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I just top up the fresh water and dump since I have to get beer anyway. Come to think of it, I don't really need much water.

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Old 04-21-2014, 05:02 PM   #17
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I don't normally drink the water out of my water tanks regardless of where I got the water. I carry separate drinking water - you can buy by the bottler or buy in in bulk in a 5 gallon containers at a time - many grocery stores have water refill stations. For back packing I have a small Katadyn water filter that works well & has stood up well to heavy usage although a bit pricey it takes care of most water issues well something some of the cheaper filter systems do not do. Its one of those classic situations - you get what you pay for. The bag filters look interesting but make sure you read all the reviews and fine print on what ever filter system you choose to use.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:38 AM   #18
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There are far to many places to get purified water.
Your camper and tow vehicle will hold allot of bottled water. Freeze the bottled water before you leave home and put it in your fridge and/or cooler and you will have good cool water to drink.
Plan Before you go and don't risk your health by trying to purify water you find.
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Old 04-26-2014, 03:16 PM   #19
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We regularly camp off grid next to rivers. When needed we refill our water tanks with river water filtered through a gravity filter.

Note that this water-filter set up is used for sink/shower use...we drink and cook with bottled water.

This is what we use:

And here it is set up on the camp/river side of our Parkliner with custom mounted water supply inlet. We utilize a Coleman lantern stand to mount the bag filter:

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Old 04-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #20
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Folks that believe water filtration systems to be the end-all of water treatment should bear in mind that none purport/pretend to kill or remove viruses. As is made clear in the instructions with such systems, additional treatment is required for that purpose. Chemical addition is the usual method, some form of chlorine being the most commonly used.

OR of course ultra violet radiation will do it all if done correctly. Which as a matter of fact is the principle behind solar decontamination- the suggestion of which began this thread.

Given clear water and correct light exposure strength/period, that "third world" method has it all!
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They require regular maintenance or become a major source of bacteria. Most people neglect to change the filters according to schedule.

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