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  • #46
    Glad you enjoyed my turn of phrase. I really enjoy your song idea. Cool. Go with it!


    • #47
      Great song idea. I have had a berky for over 10 years. One of the things they tell you is to use red food coloring. If the filters are still good it will filter out all the red die. But what was said about about calulating how many times you have used it is still best. I think Morgan was right on that. I now have about 10 or 12 filters as I was buying them every time they went on sale over a 10 year period. I used one set to try out the water and it was great. I have since used up that first set but decided to save the rest for the hard times.


      • #48
        "I've a bunker for my Berkey and soon to have one for me
        In case of radiation, don't you see.
        I've a bunker for my Berkey, won't you come live with me?"

        Great love song for the radioactive apocalypse!


        • #49
          There are many factors. For example, if you drink water with certain bacteria with good immunity, yours will become much stronger.

          Another option is pollution in the urban environment to which the human body cannot adapt. For example, a lot of iron or chemical impurities. The body is not able to get rid of it. These impurities cannot occur in wildlife in such quantities that the body has no means of protection. That's what filters are needed for.

          I’ll choose a filter for my family at the moment, but for the time being, I cannot decide on a specific choice. I need some of this My water is too hard and I started having problems with it, soon I will have children, I do not want them to suffer like me.


          • #50
            With respect, nuclear contamination via anything worse than a 'dirty bomb' is very low probability. Fukushima lessons learned...

            Your water supply is more at risk from a quake, volcanic eruption, forest fire, mine spillage or widespread flooding.

            Your springs and local wells may have their 'dependable' aquifer deranged by an otherwise harmless quake. They may settle down, they may not. So, have a 'Plan B'...

            IMHO, the US got lucky with Mt. St.Helens. The lateral slump and blast totally ruined the neighbourhood, but a regular 'Pinatubo' eruption would have spread all that stuff across the Mid-West, heavily fouled the entire Mississippi / Missouri catchment...

            A little fluoride is good for teeth, excess causes fluoridosis...

            Should the el Nino / La Nina / ENSO cycle set the scene for another massive forest burn, waterways will be polluted by ash, then mud-slides and other wash-off. IIRC, rule-of-thumb is a decade for slopes to stabilise, for the filth to really, really clear.

            Mine spillage ? Tailings dam failure ? There's enough toxins to foul all the way to the coast. Worse, such stuff may mix with sediments, re-mobilise every time the rivers rise. Recursively. And if that stuff gets into the river gravels from which you draw water, oops...
            Here's an interesting take...

            Flooding is a grim 'gotcha', especially combined with earth-quakes, as may mobilise industrial-scale pollutants. Coastal flooding, from mega-thrust quake subsidence, storm surge and/or tsunami, may salinate essential wells' aquifer. How fast does water move within such an aquifer ? It varies, but I've read of cases where one (1) uncapped well contaminated the aquifer for miles around, potentially for several centuries...

            IIRC, to add insult to injury, replacement wells tapped a deeper aquifer with low, but cumulative levels of arsenic...

            Due Care, Please ??


            • #51
              To get away from a Nuclear Option I will talk about muddy river water. Yes most major rivers have mud in it. Several good You Tube videos show work around this problem. If you are like me and use river water as one of your sources you need to review those videos


              • #52
                I have the larger Sawyer that I bought online years ago for a group that I camped with for a couple of weeks every year. Contamination of the site's wells from people not using backflow preventers resulted in widespread stomach/intestinal issues for hundreds of campers every year. I started filtering EVERYTHING we used in our camp, every year (about 30-40 people) and we never had another problem not traced to someone drinking something out of camp (and everyone quickly learned not to do that). I have 2 of the Mini Sawyers from Walmart and a couple of lifestraws in packs and BO bags. My field water kit includes the lifestraw, a big syringe from a marinade injector with a small piece of tubing to connect it to the lifestraw, some coffee filters (compact and remove sediment and solids from the water first, and a folding shovel (sand is a great filter for a lot of things, dig a hole a couple of feet from the source of groundwater and let it filter into the hole). I think the Sawyer stuff is first-rate and very affordable. I learned during hurricanes the importance of a water supply. Florida has a lot of it, but not much that I would drink without filtering it. 3 days without water, that's the rule, right? My property has a good well, but 200' is a long way to bring up water without power. It can be done, and I'm working on it, but it's expensive. In the meantime, the lake is only a few hundred yards and there's the rainwater tank.

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                Last edited by onebigelf; 08-17-2019, 11:09 AM.