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    here's one I was talking to someone about. say happen upon a pond and you need a drink but have no way to boil your water. i have heard that if you dig a hole a few feet away from the waters edge, what seeps up through the ground is safe to drink. now is this true and if so how far away would you need to dig. and would it matter if you knew there was an animal carcass on the other side of the pond?
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    Last edited by ridgid1; 01-19-2009, 07:42 PM.
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  • #2
    I would just risk drinking it. Think about it. What is in the dirt? Microbes?

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    • #3
      Hellloooo....iodine, anyone?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
        Hellloooo....iodine, anyone?

        Just drink it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Slurp, guzzle, whatever.

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        • #5
          what about iodine?
          proper preparedness prevents poor performance

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ridgid1 View Post
            what about iodine?
            It helps 2 mac yur water gud....

            "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

            "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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            • #7
              assume you won't have iodine, or chemicals or a filter.

              Now besides boiling tell me your methods
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                assume you won't have iodine, or chemicals or a filter.

                Now besides boiling tell me your methods
                Assume I have plenty of all, and know how to start a fire....then assume that an evap-trap works great, too....if you're bored....
                "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                • #9
                  right so we have digging holes
                  boiling
                  solar stills

                  what else ;)

                  keep em coming
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                    right so we have digging holes
                    boiling
                    solar stills

                    what else ;)

                    keep em coming
                    Keep what coming? Dig, boil, treat, filter, evap.......not much else other than rain collection....
                    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                    • #11
                      create a filter using rocks and moss.or coal and moss if available. also need somthing to put it in and make small holes in the bottom......bla bla bla.... what i want to know is the water in the hole next to the lake clean enough to drink as is cause it's been filtered through the dirt. and if there is a carcus close by does that contaminate?
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                      • #12
                        I would remove the carcus and find another water source if possible. depending on the flow into the pond you need to wait anywhere from 15- 30 days before drinking the water. dig your hole as far up stream from where the carcus was as possible.

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                        • #13
                          good to know wonderfull !!!
                          proper preparedness prevents poor performance

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                            right so we have digging holes
                            boiling
                            solar stills

                            what else ;)
                            How about SODIS!!! Solar Water disinfection is commonly used in many developing nations to great effect. SODIS involves fillling clear plastic bottles (1L water bottles work great) and leaving them in bright sunlight for 6-8hrs. UV radiation from the sun kills bacteria and viruses. This effect can be maximized by painting the bottom of the bottles black and laying them on a reflective surface at an angle toward the sun. Something like a sheet of reflective corrugated metal works well. Several bottles can be treated in rotation allowing a constant supply. 6-8hrs is sufficient for clear water on a very bright day, but overcast conditions require up to 3-4days.

                            NOTE: this method only works with reasonably clear water allowing adequate light penetration. A simple improvised sand filter can be used to remove particulates




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                            • #15
                              http://www.survivaloutdoorskills.com...ying_water.htm

                              Ranger Rick has some good stuff on the matter in question.
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