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pfortypflinter

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Water Purification
« on: October 29, 2011, 06:45:11 PM »
Greetings Everyone:

This is my first post on this forum, and I look forward to meeting all of you.   

Does anyone have any type of water purification system?  While working with a Missionary friends in Zambia Africa, I learned that they purified their water by boiling it on the stove, then dumping it in a gravity water purifier after cooling.  The unit that they used was made by Berkley.  The units are pretty expensive but the filters are the only thing that does the work.  Two filters cost 45.00, and are good for 1,000 gallons.  The filter could be inserted in the bottom of a five gallon bucket after drilling a hole, and drained into another bucket.  Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences with these?  Here is ta web site:  http://www.h2ofilters.com/bepofipfarfl.html

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Re: Water Purification
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011, 09:34:52 PM »
Here's some water purification systems I have only heard about.

Katadyn Vario micro filter - this purifies it but doesn't remove the bad taste from it.

Whirpool, $150, RO system. It's great for purifying up to 1 1/2 gal per day for drinking and cooking. Removes everything but bacteria, including the salt from the softener. Of course this only works at home and not in the field.

Crown Berkey System > http://www.directive21.com/crown-berkey.html

Sweetwater "Guardian" by MSR

Doulton/British Berkfield gravity stuff. Both brands are manufactured by Fairey Ceramics. Several different enclosures are available. Check out the Mini if it's just you, or the LP5 if you need to worry about several people. To my knowledge, the cheapest pricing is at Survival Enterprises - http://www.dehydrated-food.net/ and http://www.faireyceramics.com/

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Re: Water Purification
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011, 02:10:39 AM »
I've got a Katadyn, and a couple of spare filter elements for my BoB. ( http://www.amazon.com/Katadyn-Vario-Multi-Water-Microfilter/dp/B000KUVVY4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319965264&sr=8-2 )  Each element is good for several hundred gallons, depending on the quality of mud you're starting with.  Wrap a paper coffee filter around the pickup head to keep the big chunks out to maximize filter life.

I'm looking for something larger to plumb into my motor home so if I'm boon-docking, or TSHTF, I can fill my holding tank from surface water.  Any mud puddle will do. ;)

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Re: Water Purification
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2011, 06:53:17 AM »
We use hydrogen peroxide.  A product called Oxy Blast. http://www.essentialwater.net/support-information/hydrogen-peroxide-a-real-treat-for-well-water When we had the water tested,  it failed miserably. After installing the system we passed with flying colors. So we are well pleased with it.  It isn't cheap but if you had as poor of water quality that we had,  we felt a chemical treatment was the only way to go.  We also have a whole house filter to capture the big chunks.  Have to change filters about every three months or when pressure drops noticeably.
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Re: Water Purification
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2011, 09:13:58 AM »
I've got a Katadyn, and a couple of spare filter elements for my BoB. ( http://www.amazon.com/Katadyn-Vario-Multi-Water-Microfilter/dp/B000KUVVY4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319965264&sr=8-2 )  Each element is good for several hundred gallons, depending on the quality of mud you're starting with.  Wrap a paper coffee filter around the pickup head to keep the big chunks out to maximize filter life.

I'm looking for something larger to plumb into my motor home so if I'm boon-docking, or TSHTF, I can fill my holding tank from surface water.  Any mud puddle will do. ;)


There are other filters you can buy now, we use a brand we picked up from Walmart for our whole house and it does the job, it filters out the bad things that come out of our well.  Which my wife tells me now had a alert on it when we bought the property to "not drink the water!"  Now she tells me...but with our filter we do drink the water that has been filtered again by Brita filters and once we get those Americraft pots and pans paid off, will get a reverse osmosis system, which are also pricey, hooked up in place of the Wally World unit.  But that unit wasn't more than $50 and they do make smaller units for RVs - we had such a smaller unit on  the travel trailer that we stayed in before our house was built. 

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Re: Water Purification
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 07:29:48 AM »
I've got a Katadyn, and a couple of spare filter elements for my BoB. ( http://www.amazon.com/Katadyn-Vario-Multi-Water-Microfilter/dp/B000KUVVY4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319965264&sr=8-2 )  Each element is good for several hundred gallons, depending on the quality of mud you're starting with.  Wrap a paper coffee filter around the pickup head to keep the big chunks out to maximize filter life.

I'm looking for something larger to plumb into my motor home so if I'm boon-docking, or TSHTF, I can fill my holding tank from surface water.  Any mud puddle will do. ;)


There are other filters you can buy now, we use a brand we picked up from Walmart for our whole house and it does the job, it filters out the bad things that come out of our well.  Which my wife tells me now had a alert on it when we bought the property to "not drink the water!"  Now she tells me...but with our filter we do drink the water that has been filtered again by Brita filters and once we get those Americraft pots and pans paid off, will get a reverse osmosis system, which are also pricey, hooked up in place of the Wally World unit.  But that unit wasn't more than $50 and they do make smaller units for RVs - we had such a smaller unit on  the travel trailer that we stayed in before our house was built.
Coastie, it sounds like you should have your water tested if you had a "do not drink the water" warning.  You'd be surprised what it may show.  Ours was so bad we had to do a chemical treatment.  I forget the scientific analysis for it but it amounted to fecal matter and dead animals in ours. And we was drinking that stuff!!!!!  We had it testing again after the peroxide injector was installed and it passed with flying colors.  In fact it now tastes down right good.  Our whole house filter was just getting the big chunks out and doing nothing for the bad stuff.  I think RO will take care of bad stuff as well.