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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Camping is a very popular activity, enjoyed by millions of people the world over. The level of comfort people prefer and experience while camping varies wildly from posh log cabins with satellite television to primitive pup tents set up in the middle of nowhere. Regardless of the setting, one thing is common to all those who camp: they need water.

There are three basic ways to get water when camping. One is through municipal water supplies that come into a camp site. This water is produced by a water treatment plant and delivered via distribution pipes. The second way to get water is from a private well that may be located on or near the campsite. By law, private well water does not have to meet Federal water safety requirements. Most site owners, however, do treat their water to some extent…but this may not be true for all well water. The third source of water for campers comes from natural, untreated sources such as streams, rivers, lakes, etc.

Whether or not you feel you should purify the water you drink and cook with while camping should be a decision based on facts and not on bravado or myth.

Water that comes in from a treatment plant is usually safe to drink for short periods of time. You should, however, always let the tap run for at least one minute in order to clear the lines from any sediment or settled lead that might be in the pipes. A portable water filter pitcher will often suffice for added protection.

Consumption of private well water should be done with caution. If you are camping at a well-established, professionally run campsite, the water is probably safe. You should take a few moments, however, to check with the camp attendant to make sure the water has been treated with at least disinfectant. Again, for added protection, you may want to boil the water first and then filter it through a portable filter.

Those who are out in the wild and only have natural sources of water should NOT drink or cook with the water until it has been disinfected. You simply cannot know what is upstream from your location and what is going on up there. Animal and human waste may be in the water; discharges from industry or run off from landfills may be upstream as well. No matter how clear the water looks, you should never drink natural source water until it has been purified.

In order to purify suspect water from any of the above sources, you can boil the water. This is a very effective way to kill organisms that cause illness. You must let the water boil for at least one full minute.

Another solution is to bring water filter devices with you. In order for a water filter to be effective against micro-organisms it must be rated at NSF Standard 53 or 58 (cyst reduction/removal filter). These filters have media that is "absolute less than or equal to one micron".

You may also want to purchase and use a disinfectant such as chlorine dioxide which is effective in killing most types of harmful organisms. Chlorine and iodine are not as effective as many people think they are and should be avoided.

If you are not sure which water filter will best suit your needs, contact a reliable water filter vendor and ask. They will be happy to assist you.


by: Chris Tracey

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