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#164377 - 01/22/09 02:32 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: bsmith]
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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]
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Depends on the source, but typically if I am unsure.
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#164388 - 01/22/09 03:56 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 243
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...
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#164427 - 01/22/09 05:42 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: airballrad]
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Always - either carried in from home, boil or filter. Always

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#164539 - 01/22/09 11:37 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]
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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*
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#164592 - 01/23/09 04:11 AM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]
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Registered: 10/30/05
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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.
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#164622 - 01/23/09 12:19 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: Nicodemus]
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 78
Loc: Saint Petersburg, 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.)
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#164626 - 01/23/09 01:04 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: jdavidboyd]
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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.

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#165649 - 01/29/09 10:06 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: Dan_McI]
EdD270 Offline
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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.
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#165651 - 01/29/09 10:14 PM Re: Do you filter or treat your drinking water? [Re: ]
Jakam
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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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