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water purification


Postby theduksguts » Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:36 pm

can anyone give me any advice on this subject please , since my kids (7+12) have been coming on longer walks with me im now finding it very hard to walk long distances with the amount of water requred for 3 or 4 people to carry over a weekend , i have been boiling water from lochs when needed but this is not always practible and im not sure also if this is entirley safe either , ive had a look at different systems on the internet but dont know where to start , any help would be much appreciated
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Re: water purification

Postby niblue » Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:43 pm

I've got one of the Katadyn Hiker water filters that I sometimes take with me when camping. It wasn't too expensive and it works well enough.

If I'm up high though I'll sometimes just fill up straight from a stream, but lower down I'd be more inclined to filter the water.

Having said that I drank water from Scottish lochs, rivers and streams many, many times when I was younger with no ill effects. I'd expect that if you're boiling the water anyway the risks will be pretty low however that will depend on where you are.
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Re: water purification

Postby theduksguts » Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:58 pm

ye niblue like yourself when i was a kid i would just drink staight from lochs or burns , you never gave it a second thought if it looked clear , i think these days though we all no what kind organisims can actualy be present and especialy for the kids i wouldnt want them getting ill miles from help , thanks for the reply niblue , i'll check that 1 out :D
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Re: water purification

Postby sloosh » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:07 am

You might get some ideas from this thread:
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9189
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Re: water purification

Postby tango » Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:59 pm

Purification tablets, cheap & cheerful! "nearly".. :lol: , they can taste a tad funny so some sort of powder to spice up the waterbottle isn't a bad idea!!..take the water from fast flowing rivers, always good to check 20 metres up stream just to make some animal hasnt pegged it in the water!! "most of putting" :sick: ... thats what i do & its worked for me.. :D , Anything just else just shout... cheers
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Re: water purification

Postby theduksguts » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:12 pm

brilliant cheers guys
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Re: water purification

Postby Hendos van » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:45 pm

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Re: water purification

Postby Frogwell » Mon May 02, 2011 9:52 pm

Milton fluid for sterilising babies bottles etc. A few drops of that in a litre of water, leave it for 15 minutes and you're sorted. A 500ml bottle will cost under a £1 and last years. Or normal household bleach will do the same, you've just got to be careful not to overdo it though.
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Re: water purification

Postby rogers » Sat May 07, 2011 2:26 pm

I use oasis water purification tablets packs of 50 for just over £2, 1 tablet purifies 1ltr of water, you can get them from a website called evaq8, of course i always try to fill my bottle at the source or as high up the hill as possible, i have noticed on my recent walks down in the scottish borders the occasional dead sheep or lamb lying in a burn :sick:
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Re: water purification

Postby KGBMC » Sat May 07, 2011 9:48 pm

Ive walked these hills for 50 odd years and drank freely from burns and lochs and luckily never had a problem

Are we getting to NAMBY PAMBY ?
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Re: water purification

Postby kinley » Sat May 07, 2011 10:26 pm

KGBMC wrote:Ive walked these hills for 50 odd years and drank freely from burns and lochs and luckily never had a problem

Are we getting to NAMBY PAMBY ?


dunno - if you think you've been lucky to not have a problem why are you asking? ;)
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Re: water purification

Postby flipside » Mon May 09, 2011 7:47 pm

i am the same lochs and burns seem to work ok for me :D, never had a drama so far
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