reply to post by MyMindIsMyOwn
Forgive me for taking so long to get back to you on this. Personally, I am not a big fan of purifying by chemical treatment. And yes, unfortunately it
is how cities commonly treat their water.
For using Chlorine Bleach. The most definitive answer can be found here
website includes a calculator. 8 drops per gallon is the recommended treatment.
As for the Sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione dihydrate . . . . 99%, and 1% inert ingredients, I am guessing that you looked it up and found it
That ellipsis there sends off a red flag to me. So I looked a little deeper and found this
being sold. Best I can say is that they are using two different chemical compositions with the pool supplies being slightly more concentrated.
Bottom line for me is, would I use it? I have to say no. I trust simple solutions that I know work which is why I will lean towards boiling. Keep in
mind that the majority of my drinking of water in the wild is while camping. I have a good idea of the overall cleanliness of those sources.
(chemicals from field runoff, proximity industry. That said, you never know if a company is breaking the law by illegal dumping.
I have yet had to evacuate an area like when Katrina hit New Orleans. And my general rule of thumb is to seek out running water first versus stagnant
pools and lakes that have been used for boating. If the water is coming from a waterfall, I try to look at the area above the falls. I look for local
wildlife as well. Raccoon and muskrat tracks by the shore. Are there large crawdads in the water? What size and types of fish can I see? If there is
only a couple small carp and catfish and no schools of minnows (or no fish or other wildlife at all to be found), And I know that there are farms in
the area, I would rather not trust the water period if I have other options. Again, keep in mind that I live in SW Ohio which is Eastern US Woodlands.
I can afford to be more picky about water sources in the wild.
Ultimately survival comes down to knowledge. Learn what you can, practice what you learn. That is how knowledge becomes wisdom, by making it
experience and evaluating the results as to the usefulness to you.
Best example I could give would be if I was to gather up some things and walk to Semper's house. It is about 630 miles by best estimate. I figure it
would take 2 months to walk there averaging 10 miles per day. Why just 10 miles per day? Two reasons, I have two sets mountains to cross and I know
there will be at least once per week that I will not be traveling and will instead be hunting and fishing so I have not only the calories but the
protein to repair muscles to keep walking as well as general rest.
Nearly every outdoor cooking video will show people cooking Ramen Noodles. Why? Because it is cheap, light, easy to pack and easy to cook. However it
is just filler for your stomach to take the edge off. The 20 cent package has a total of 380 calories. A 200lbs man walking 3 mph will burn 396
calories in one hour. So yeah, there will be weight loss by just eating Ramen.