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#164377 - 01/22/09 02:32 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: bsmith]
comms Offline

Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1502
Loc: Mesa, AZ
Yes. Always, somehow.
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#164378 - 01/22/09 02:37 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: comms]
Mike_H Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 612
Loc: SE PA
Depends on the source, but typically if I am unsure.
"I reject your reality and substitute my own..." - Adam Savage / Mythbusters

#164388 - 01/22/09 03:56 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]
airballrad Offline
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 244
Loc: Gulf Coast Florida, USA
Always. When backpacking, I have used filters or iodine or boiling. In my BOB, I have means to do any or all as needed.

That said, if I have none of these available and I am lost in the wilderness I'm drinking the water I can find unless I know it to be bad, especially if I expect rescue within 3-4 days. It takes days for most water-borne diseases to show up. I could be dead of dehydration before that if I drink nothing at all...

#164427 - 01/22/09 05:42 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: airballrad]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2396
Always - either carried in from home, boil or filter. Always

#164539 - 01/22/09 11:37 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Given the choice, chemically purified, filtered or boiled. Or all of the above. I've seen a dead beaver floating in a pond the morning after drinking water I'd taken from it. Glad I'd boiled that stuff. ICK!

I think a lot of this is from the ultralighters. I was glancing a book on lightening your trail hiking gear and they suggested it wasn't really needed, after all the author had been hiking for years without it and had never had a problem. *shudders*

When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#164592 - 01/23/09 04:11 AM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]
Nicodemus Offline

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
I always filter water when I'm out in the woods, whether I'm camping, hiking or practicing primitive skills and whether or not I'm familiar with the water source.
"Learn survival skills when your life doesn't depend on it."

#164622 - 01/23/09 12:19 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: Nicodemus]
jdavidboyd Offline

Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 78
Loc: Hudson, FL
We have a Royal Berkey filter, and all our drink and cooking water goes through that. I haven't had to deal with outside water lately, as we haven't gone camping in almost 5 years now (sigh).

I would never, ever, ever, drink uncleaned water again... (At least, that's my plan.)
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?

#164626 - 01/23/09 01:04 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: jdavidboyd]
Dan_McI Offline
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Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 844
Loc: NYC
I won't say every drop I drink gets filtered, but most of it goes through one before I drink it, even at home. When not at home, I'll confess to contribute to the amount of plastic in this world, it's easy safe and convenient.

#165649 - 01/29/09 10:06 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: Dan_McI]
EdD270 Offline

Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 94
Loc: White Mountains of Arizona
I always either filter or boil water I find in the wild. This is a habit I developed after unfortunate experiences drinking untreated water in the Colorado Rockies. Any water I use for washing, drinking, cooking, etc. gets treated.
"Most men take the straight and narrow. A few take the road less traveled. I chose to cut through the woods." ~Unknown~

#165651 - 01/29/09 10:14 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]

Yep, I agree, I filter my tap water just for palatability, and have the MSR and the Steri pen for worst case scenarios. I also treat my stored water (which is tap water run through an RV style filter).
Better safe than sorry. You never know, why not take the extra precaution whenever possible.

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