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Old 04-19-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Potable Water/Water Purification

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_water_purification

I have been somewhat interested in solar water treatment, using UV and heat to kill microbes and bacteria and spirochetes.

Has anybody been doing this?
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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We have a Berkley Water Purifier we have filtered pond water.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:31 PM   #3
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Here's a water treatment tutorial:
Water Treatments

Solar water treatment is being used in developing countries, where there is little access to potable water or technology. Pretty easy - get a plastic bottle, cap it, shake it and put it in the sun. I just wouldn't trust it to get rid of some of the things I've seen in water. A good filter system would be more reliable.
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altho boiling consumes a small amount of propane, or firewood if you are equipped for it, I would be a bit more trusting of it.

Seems if the solar exposure is not ideal, you may actually promote bacterial growth. The water will get hot, then warm, then hot, but never to boiling point..creating a warm bath for the little creatures to have a party in.
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You can put a certain amount of bleach in a gallon of water however it has a strong chlorine taste. You can purchase tablets like the military use. If U get things wrong U might wind up with some ugly stuff growing inside you and ultimately killing you.

I suggest that Just stock up on drinkable water by filling jugs B 4you leave home or purchase drinkable water at Walmart.
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With decades of backpacking experience and a stint as a outward bound instructor many moons ago. I have to warn everyone about the idea of boiling or using bleach to purify water. There are just too many variables as to water temp, boil times at elevation, and the quality of your water source to use these techniques in any but emergency situations.

A better solution for a boondocking camper would be something like this.

Platypus Gravityworks Water Filter System - 4 Liter - Free Shipping at REI.com

Just grab a bucket of dirty water run it through the filter a gal at a time and let it drain into a 3 or 5 gal jug instead of the 4L clean bag that it comes with. Than pour it into your tank. It does take about 15 minutes to clean 5 gal of water but it will make safe almost anything you will find outside of an industrial waste site or leaking mine tailings.
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I just got this for my kids and I to use on our next trip into the Boundary Waters later this summer. Never thought about using it for purifying water for the Scamp. Great idea.
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boiling or using bleach to purify

The military has been doing just that for almost ever and your city water supply is chlorinated (That's Bleach)
Google: purifying water with bleach
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This is a good article on carrying and treating water while on the road:
Cheap RV Living.com | | Survivalist Vandweller: How to Find, Carry and Treat water
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boiling or using bleach to purify

The military has been doing just that for almost ever and your city water supply is chlorinated (That's Bleach)
Google: purifying water with bleach
With respect, (and with utmost respect if you are a veteran.) But here is the Q&A answer from the #2 hit I get on when I Google the above. (from backpacker.com)

"Q.} I've read that household bleach—add four drops per liter of water and up to eight for questionable sources), then wait a half hour—can be used to purify water. Your thoughts?
Submitted by: Mario, Calabash, NC

A.} Technically, we're talking about water disinfection and not water purification, but otherwise, yes, household bleach will kill germs and make water safe to drink, generally speaking, if you follow your formula. Keep in mind that the pathogen cryptosporidium will probably be resistant to any halogen (in the case of bleach, chlorine). Also keep in mind that you'll want to wait longer if the water is really cold, and you'll want to strain the water if it has a lot of stuff floating around in it. —Buck"

You are 100% correct that the military will train troops to treat water with bleach in a EMERGENCY. However this thread is in the full timing section and my point was that I would not want to drink water disinfected with bleach 365 days a year.
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my point was that I would not want to drink water disinfected with bleach 365 days a year.
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.
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Having lived in the "Third World" for 20 years, I've seen the effects of water-borne illnesses - from parasites, protozoans, bacteria and viruses. Water treatment isn't something I take lightly - especially since I almost died of giardiasis (infection caused by a parasite) in El Salvador. I even wipe off a faucet before attaching a hose, 'cause you never know who/what touched it last. Take water treatment seriously, and use the most effective treatment you can find - especially for unproven water sources.
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side note...my summer post is in a dry campground. My employer provides me with a gravity feed water supply..a 60 gallon barrel w/tap. They deliver water once a week, or more if needed.

Even tho I personally clean the barrel before it's first use each year, and I have "my" barrel that is used each year, (No one else uses *this* barrel) each tank full is treated with bleach. I cook with it, drink it, shower in it.. 6 months a year.

No ill effects yet.
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Originally Posted by Badger

my point was that I would not want to drink water disinfected with bleach 365 days a year.


Did it for 2 years while Serving in Turkey with my family and all us military personnel did that is except for the few that didn't and turned yellow and got sick. Bleach and a small bottle with an eye dropper that each family were issued upon arrival.
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