Drinking water in the hills
by ciderpeter » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:28 pm
If it's yellow, let it mellow (in a bottle),
If it's brown, drink it down,
If it's black, put if back.
by Michael Thomson » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:36 pm
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by Phil the Hill » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:42 pm
by nathan79 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:25 pm
Sgurr wrote:You're as likely to get poisoned through leaving your piece to fester in your rucksack on a long hot drive to a hill as through taking reasonable care and drinking stuff from high up. NOT SO in the USA I am told. Our US walking friend tells me that most natural sources are contaminated with giardia (I did check on the internet susopecting another wind-up, but think it is true http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/Biology/eh01/waterpollution/3.diseasecarrying.html
For Scotland at least you can talk of cryptosporidium instead of giardia(which is a lot less common over here, unless the beavers have brought it-which does actually get monitored). Plenty crypto floating about, but as has been said stay away from sources near castle pasture and intense sheep grazing and you'd be very unlucky to contract cryptosporidiosis.
P.S. Despite my comments I must add I won't go near wild water!
by sloosh » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:14 am
nathan79 wrote:For Scotland at least you can talk of cryptosporidium instead of giardia(which is a lot less common over here, unless the beavers have brought it-which does actually get monitored).
Can't speak to beavers but dogs are the typical incubators / distributors of giardia in this country.
Plenty crypto floating about, but as has been said stay away from sources near castle pasture and intense sheep grazing and you'd be very unlucky to contract cryptosporidiosis.
Cryptosporidium is also typically spread by birds so likely sources would be slow moving water under places birds congregate, for example, trees where they roost.
There was a cryptosporidium outbreak in Perth in the not too distant past and although they couldn't be certain the word was the source was the swimming pool which had a little outdoors section that was overhung by shrubs that birds favoured for doing all their birdy-stuff in.
by nil7 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:32 pm
You may be interested to know that when Megget Dam was being constructed in early 80s to supply Edinburgh, it was decided to install new filters at the treatment works which were tailor-made for this water. A sample from Megget was sent to the manufacturers where it was analysed and found to be cleaner than London tap water.
by Fudgie » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:53 pm
by tony.cee » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:41 pm
I've been drinking water on hills for years and its never done me any harm. Mind you, I occasionally get a twinge in the 7th toe of my middle foot.]
same here, i more often than not drink from fast running streams and iv never died, not even once.
plenty of things out there lurking to set apon you, but the odds are in your favour with abit of common sense appllied, and im sure after a dose of dehli belly on the hills you would quickly learn from your errors.
by ZEbbEDY » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:50 pm
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