Potable water -- methods of ensuring acceptable drinking water is available

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    Question Potable water -- methods of ensuring acceptable drinking water is available

    Got a favorite way of creating potable water from less-than-good water sources?

    What do you use at the homestead?

    What do you use on the go, ie when camping in the back country or SHTF traveling?



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    I have a MSR Microfilter that I use while backpacking, which works well for me. It does require some effort, but I like that it screws onto my nalgene bottles to reduce spills.

    I was debating between it or a Steri-pen, I went with the MSR because I didn't want to have to rely on batteries for water.

    I also carry iodine tablets as a back up, just in case, but they need time to work.

    Boiling, likewise, requires time, as well as additional weight for a stove, or additional effort to gather fuel for a fire.

    I keep a lifesaver Jerry can around too, although it clearly is too bulky for backpacking trips. The stated life of the filter on these cans is 20,000 liters, which is over 5,000 gallons. I think that is quite adequate to meet my shtf needs. lifesaver-jerrycan
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    Our well here has wonderful water. We have it tested every few years, but never had a problem yet.

    On the go I use a Pur Voyager ceramic filter. It's fast, light and gets the critters out of the water completely reliably (I've gotten sick on the backcountry water here in WA before, but since I've used the Pur the last 10 years I haven't gotten sick once).
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    I've been thinking about picking up a Sawyer squeeze...

    0.1 micron filter rated to a million gallons, 35 bucks...

    Even at 1/4 of it's rated capacity (which i doubt) it would last a lifetime.
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    I carry micro-pur tabs prewrapped in foil 24/7 and will get a filter as well. You can use an oven bag to hang water close to a fire - close enough to boil, but not burn; however, caution is necessary. Bandanas can be pre-filters. If warm out, tape 2 clear bottles together - with dirty water in one. leave water filled one laying in the sun, slightly downhill from the other and cover the other one with clutter. as the water evaporates, it will condense in the upper, empty bottle.

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    I have a Katadyn Vario in all my bags along with purification tablets.

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    No favorite way of creating potable water from less-than-good water sources. I exist in the Winter Water Wonderland and although it may not always be so, potable water is not as dire an issue here as the arid West.

    I have a good spring on my farm. I'm not exactly sure where, as they change sometimes. When I was a child, my Grandfather took me down to the farm and located it. It was already in the process of filling in due to 40 years of neglect. He dug it out a bit with a stick, told me to leave the newt he uncovered alone as it would help keep it flowing, put a metal garbage can lid over his handwork and never returned in this life. I always thought it would be easy to find that spot but much like him, I have found that trees grow, memory fades and skills fail in time. There is a deep cold pool of water at the base of the bluff that I'm certain is fed by the spring. My task this spring is to locate it higher up on the hillside and develop the spring. I will be using: Carolina Water Tank Spring Box. I have three creeks that bisect my property but there are cattle adjacent to my land and wouldn't use the water for drinking.
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    Of course I'm actually a full-time Yankee who lives in the city and drinks Detroit River water filtered through a Brita pitcher. I had a 3 filter set-up under my sink but never re-installed it when I re-did my kitchen.

    When I used to backpack I used a MSR Sweetwater. I think I need to replace the filter cartridge and get some new silt pre-filters but the cartridge costs about 2/3s as much as a complete unit and I suspect there may be better options out there these days. I also have one of those straws in my BoB.
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    We also have an MSR "Sweetwater" , purification tablets, several ways to boil water , coffee filters to "pre-filter" ...



    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    I have a MSR Microfilter that I use while backpacking, which works well for me. It does require some effort, but I like that it screws onto my nalgene bottles to reduce spills.

    I was debating between it or a Steri-pen, I went with the MSR because I didn't want to have to rely on batteries for water.

    I also carry iodine tablets as a back up, just in case, but they need time to work.

    Boiling, likewise, requires time, as well as additional weight for a stove, or additional effort to gather fuel for a fire.

    I keep a lifesaver Jerry can around too, although it clearly is too bulky for backpacking trips. The stated life of the filter on these cans is 20,000 liters, which is over 5,000 gallons. I think that is quite adequate to meet my shtf needs. lifesaver-jerrycan
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    For bugging in, I have a Berkey Water Filter system. I also keep water stabilizer on hand.

    Big Berkey Water Filter - Free Shipping + 50% Off On Selected Items !

    For bugging out, I have Katadynes for the backpacks.

    I also have chlorine tables in the BOB's, along with collapsible cubes.
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    For Bugging in - The Berkey Light. (less expensive than the Stainless version and just as good)

    For bugging out I have multiple systems.
    A couple of different versions of the LifeStraw and additionally Chlorine Dioxide water purification tablets.




    Plus I carry a Hydropak X-Pack
    I love the Hydropack BECAUSE it thakes EVERYTHING out of the water and converts it into a light sports drink with electrolytes, sugars, oral rehydration etc.


    I also have some Camelbak ELIXER Sports Drink Tablets with caffeine.


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    Folks should know that the Chlorine Dioxide tablets DO NOT make the water taste like Chlorine AKA Swimming Pool Water.
    It is NOT the same animal as Chlorine Bleach.

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    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WjoqbONSPe8 I saw this so I tried it works great. Have about 37.00 invested if you use four filters it works really fast. I took our lake water an tried it out it really tasted good extremely clean

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    Where did you find those elixir tabs if you don't mind ?
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    We have this stored with 55-gal FEMA drums of water in the garage...
    Berkey Light? Water Filter System with 2 Black Berkey? Filters

    We also have extra water filters, too. With all four filters it makes filtered water faster, it wasn't cheap, but it will work when we need it.
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