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Quote from: gtRidge on September 25, 2013, 02:59:19 PMI'm surprised at how many use Aquamira drops.If you haven't tried the tablets yet, you might want to. They are soooo fast to deploy. Whip out the swiss army knife scissors, cut the small, square, individual hermetically sealed tablet-pouch, drop in container, shake, stow away, keep on hiking...And, yes, the bandana(s) only come out if needed -- I don't mind a few minor flecks either.
I'm surprised at how many use Aquamira drops.
An old-timer told me once that you can put alum in a silty bucket of water and it will clear up in minutes..
Quote from: lsnead on September 25, 2013, 07:52:47 AMAn old-timer told me once that you can put alum in a silty bucket of water and it will clear up in minutes..I know a guy sprayed wd40 on his wrists for his arthritis.
Quote from: sleepy on September 28, 2013, 10:11:39 PMQuote from: lsnead on September 25, 2013, 07:52:47 AMAn old-timer told me once that you can put alum in a silty bucket of water and it will clear up in minutes..I know a guy sprayed wd40 on his wrists for his arthritis.Wow, I need try that one next time..For reals on the alum though..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alum
The two part chlorine dioxide drops/tabs (Aquamira, etc.) have a longer shelf life than chlorine bleach, but the same issues with cold temps (4 hour dwell time), particulate load, and some pathogens (like protozoans). If used as the sole purifying method (bandanas don't really count as a pretreatment), looking into usage/dosage guidelines is prudent. Same goes for household bleach. The chlorine based methods are really better suited for use with clear water, or as as post filter (again, bandanas don't count) secondary treatment for viruses.
I got my 1-micron polyester diesel fuel filter sock in the mail yesterday. I plan to cut it up and make coffee strainer size filters for river water silt. It will be a pre-filter instead of using alum.http://briangreen.net/2011/06/ultralight-17g-1-micron-water-filter.html
Ok...but I'm going to try it anyway. Tap water runs through it way faster than a standard paper coffee filter. Maybe I'll be rinsing a lot. I hope to find a pool out of the main current where the silt has settled some - maybe even dig my own hole to dip from.
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