May 6, 2013 at 4:30 am #1302604
Wim DepondtBPL Member
@wim_depondtLocale: The low countries
A potential newby question:
Untill now, I managed to prevent drinking water from glacial rivers. When the water seems dogdy, I use Iodine tabs. But is the silt in water actually a health risk? Here is the idea:
step 1: prefilter glacial water with bandana
Step 2: purify the water with iodine tabs, maybe dubble charge
Stap 3: add a flavour tab (somthing I nowadays also do often)
Stap 4: drink
would this be a feasable option?
WimMay 6, 2013 at 4:48 am #1983657
Some water issues can be regional. May want to check with the local authority to see if there are any know issues with arsenic, etc.
Pre filter yes. If you have the time, you can add a flocking agent like chlor floc or Dave's alum technique.
I live around numerous rivers which are clouded with glacial runoff. I don't even try to drink out of them which isn't a problem as there is an abundance of cleaner water sources to drink out of.May 6, 2013 at 5:03 am #1983660
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
I had silt in my water despite filtering with a bandanna and decanting the clearer stuff. I am still around after drinking but using a coffee filter would have done wonders.May 6, 2013 at 6:38 am #1983679
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Glacier silt pretty fine for filter
You can let it settle for a few hours
Sometimes the main channel will have silt, but you can find a stream flow that's clear right next to it, maybe you have to walk up or down stream to find a spot.
In general, I don't think glacier silt is unhealthful – it's just finely ground rockMay 6, 2013 at 8:04 am #1983701
@fluffinreach-comLocale: no. california
But is the silt in water actually a health risk?
no. i do not think it is a health risk. it is mud. mud is dirt and water.
the water will be ok. the dirt is whatever dirt is. sterile .. mostly.
the closer you are to the glacier, the less questionable it should be.
the all of us have lapped away at things more likely to a veritable petri dish of germs than silty water.
now..something like the Mackenzie river is a gagg'r to drink. sewage, effeluent. the all of that stuff. i have drunk it (very thristy), and am still here. it was terrible.
but just regular old silty river water … go for it.
the danger of wandering about dried out is greater than that posed by eating dirt. that's just my op.
v.May 6, 2013 at 8:16 am #1983703
I have found that silt can updet my stomach but I don't expect longer term issues.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.