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There was a news article the other day on water treatment in africa. It was very simple to say the least and very effective. they took simple water bottles you would get at the store and fill them up from there water source and lay them on a peice of black tin in the sun in 6 hours the uv radiation killed all the bugs. So..... if its giardia or crypto sporidium and bacteria I think you are good to go the article showed a picture of about thirty bottles just lying in the sun. I wish i knew where the news article was i would link it.

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landser wrote:
There was a news article the other day on water treatment in africa. It was very simple to say the least and very effective. they took simple water bottles you would get at the store and fill them up from there water source and lay them on a peice of black tin in the sun in 6 hours the uv radiation killed all the bugs. So..... if its giardia or crypto sporidium and bacteria I think you are good to go the article showed a picture of about thirty bottles just lying in the sun. I wish i knew where the news article was i would link it.


UV can indeed kill biological contaminants, however it does not do a ting to deal deal with issues like arsenic, pesticides and similar contaminants.

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landser wrote:
There was a news article the other day on water treatment in africa. It was very simple to say the least and very effective. they took simple water bottles you would get at the store and fill them up from there water source and lay them on a peice of black tin in the sun in 6 hours the uv radiation killed all the bugs. So..... if its giardia or crypto sporidium and bacteria I think you are good to go the article showed a picture of about thirty bottles just lying in the sun. I wish i knew where the news article was i would link it.

This is called the SODIS method if I am not mistaken.

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Blacksmith, what is the soil composition like near the creek?

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Bumping this awesome thread, because as the recent disaster in Japan has illustrated, clean water is paramount to preparedness.

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I've got a question. I have an opportunity to by the big blue drums at a great price. At this point, I don't know what was originally in them. Is there a surefire way of sterilizing/neutralizing their interior? Thanks guys.


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good info.....thanks!

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I've got a question. I have an opportunity to by the big blue drums at a great price. At this point, I don't know what was originally in them. Is there a surefire way of sterilizing/neutralizing their interior? Thanks guys.

The blue plastic drums are primarily used for food or food grade materials. A good rinse-out and then some strong bleach water (to sterilize) should do all you need to. Get a whiff of the interior (be careful- don't just shove your face into it and start huffing) to see if you smell anything "off" from what you were expecting. ANYTHING can be cleaned up, but the question becomes, "How much do I want to spend; in time, effort, and money, in cleaning this thing up?" Also, as far as food safety goes, sometimes the cleanup can be more dangerous than the original problem. Which just leads to another clean up step...

In short, check the barrels out before purchasing, if at all possible. If buying sight unseen, ask some questions- if the seller doesn't want to answer them, he doesn't want to sell them too badly, or he has something to hide. Get as much information as possible beforehand, and if it seems hinky, pass on it- there are TONS of these things out there, at lots of people have them at good prices.

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I've read through this a few times and have a question about the sand filter. Maybe I'm being stupid or blind, but I understand it as you assemble everything and have to wait two weeks for the biofilm to form before you can drink out of it. So then the water that was in there needs to be drained out? Or you need to run a few more gallons thru it to get actual good water thru? Or how do you know when its A-OK? This is the only part I'm hung up on... :oops:

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before the biofilm forms you will have to disinfect the water before drinking it. DO NOT add disinfectants to the filter!

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Ok, gotcha. Thank you sir

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adleymarie wrote:
Your post is very nice and useful. Thanks for sharing this long term water treatment post. Your post is very useful for us.


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