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Water Filtration?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Scott17818, Feb 22, 2020.

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carry water, or filter available?

Poll closed Mar 14, 2020.
  1. carry in

    87.5%
  2. filter it!

    12.5%
  1. Feb 22, 2020 at 5:23 AM
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    Scott17818

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    has anyone considered carrying only a gallon or two of water, and getting a water filtration system lighter weight, and less bulk to carry (in areas where water is available, obviously) just thinking in ways of weight savings for longer treks, would be less water/weight to haul around.. I typically carry a 6 gallon jerry can for washing dishes/showering/cooking, + 2 gallons in my Rinse Kit + to heat/pressurize the water, for shower, or cleaning. (use less) and bottled water small or large case depending on passengers/length of outing.
     
  2. Feb 27, 2020 at 8:50 AM
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    It's good to carry a water filter *in case* you run out, but I wouldn't rely on the availability of a stream or pond everywhere you go as your primary source of water.

    When backpacking, yeah, you'll need to think about the weight you're carrying with you, but we have pickup trucks. If you have problems with carrying a few gallons of water, you need to pack less non-critical stuff, lol
     
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  3. Feb 27, 2020 at 8:57 AM
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    I'd just bring the water Scott and only rely on filtration for an emergency
     
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  4. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:37 AM
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  5. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:47 AM
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  6. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:53 AM
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  7. Feb 27, 2020 at 10:14 AM
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  8. Feb 27, 2020 at 10:29 AM
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    Agree!

    You'll still need to boil or use iodine tablets (or UV sticks or whatever) to kill the viruses.

    If you get a filter, I'd go for a gravity feed one, unless you like an arm workout.

    For most lakes and streams, as long as the water isn't stagnant, you can just boil it, no need to filter.
     
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  9. Feb 27, 2020 at 10:37 AM
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    Yup. Ideally I boil water if need be. But the straw is good for a hike out in case you run out of your water stores.





    I'd 200% never drink natural water "just because" on a camping trip. Such an unnecessary risk to assume.
     
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  10. Feb 27, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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    Yeah, it is just an accelerated version of letting the sun naturally kill the bacteria. But it really does seem like those magic lights or copper bands you see on infomercials that cure arthritis and cancer or whatever, lol.

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  11. Feb 27, 2020 at 11:08 AM
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  12. Feb 27, 2020 at 11:49 AM
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    i currently carry a 6gallon jerry can, and a 2 gallon rinseKit +....

    I bought 2 of these tofill and freeze instead of buying ice blocks for my cooler, and can later use them in a fridge for drinking water..

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079NC5L3W/ref=twister_B07GJ1WRBG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    and yes I read reviews from Amazon of people doing the same... filling with water (going to leave some room for expansion, and then freeze solid for ice blocks in my cooler.. still may need 1-2 bags of loose ice, but I can live with that.
     
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  13. Feb 27, 2020 at 11:54 AM
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    for myself and my wife i have 4 nalagene bottles plus 5 500ml bottles of water inside the cab. i carry a collapsible 2 gal container.

    i also bring my platypus system. i use it when i backpack and you cannot beat getting 2 liters of water in 3 mins. its lightweight and no moving parts.

    the only way to kill a virus is to boil. that being said if you use some common sense on where your getting your water, youll never have a problem.

    some of the best tasting water ive ever had has come from springs in the Appalachian mountains.
     
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  15. Apr 6, 2020 at 9:51 AM
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    Filtering is for backpacking. These are trucks that can carry plenty of extra water. Plus filtering always taste like shit to me.
     
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    It’s always good to carry a filter just in case. Takes up no room and could save you in a bad situation. Check out Sawyer filters. The squeeze is a good one. You really just need a small one if it’s for back up and pretty cheap.
     
  18. Apr 13, 2020 at 2:40 PM
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    just because you have the room doesnt mean you need to fill it....anyone that has been doing anything for a while can tell you that. water is one of the most heavy and bulky items you can store. it is also one of the most plentiful, that being said planning on taking a weeks worth of water when your going to come across plenty on your trip is foolish.

    as far as taste, if your filtering water coming from a sewage plant its probably going to taste like shit, although it will be drinkable.
     
  20. Apr 13, 2020 at 3:32 PM
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    The one item most people dont cover is how long water filters take to get more than a nalgene's worth. It'd take damn near all day to fill a water jerry.

    Frr what it's worth, 3 jerry cans fit lengthwise between the wheel wells or 6 across width-wise.

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