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    West Virginia
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    Everything outdoors, my family and friends
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    Master Plumber, Industrial water treatment
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    water filters.

    Found this other thing just recently as well. Apparently if we see blue-green algae we should maybe steer clear. There's this Cyanobacteria that gives off a toxin that boiling won't help. Not all are the toxic kind. I'll have to do some more "research" on it when I get home today. Seem like Canada is more concerned than we are here. www.hs-sc.gc.ca It's under environmental health concerns.
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    water filters.

    And also wanted to get your all's take on the LifeStraw. It's selling now here in the states for something like $19.95 and weighs next to nothing. Not a Berkey, but good enough for a survival pack or b.o.b.?
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    Storing water in plain sight

    I just want to add that no one should ever drink the water right out of the aquarium. There are worse things brewing in there than in some rivers/lakes. People with cuts on their hands have even gotten pretty sick just from messing around in one. What I'm saying is, there is 125 gallons of water that can be treated/boiled and ran through your Berkey, if you had to, and nobody would question its existence. Now I feel better and can go back to bed.
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    water filters.

    Yeah that's the good news for the aquariums. That water gets through many time per day. What do you think about the steripens, rick? Do you trust them?
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    water filters.

    Not looking good for that "scout". Seems like the one fellow is promoting the uv rod though.
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    water filters.

    the bacteria that makes the toxin that gives us botulism is everywhere. It needs an oxygen free environment to thrive. when it goes into its protected form, we have to get it to 250 at 15psi for a while to kill it off. If not it can reactivate inside us and make us sick. That's my understanding anyways.
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    water filters.

    Rick, It looks like the "PUR Scout" might work for you if you don't have a problem with iodine. It seems like an all in one. I still like having a back up though. It does it all, down to viruses.
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    water filters.

    If you want to rule out everything I would go with the ceramic pumps that get down to .1 micron and keep a uv light rod to stir it with. Iodine tabs and chlorine pellets are great to carry. I love to be safe. Boiling is awesome but it doesn't hit the 250 deg. F you need for some critters. (like when canning) Have it all with you. To deactivate cysts and spores and filter them out you want the uv and .1 micron. The water has to be like solar still clean for the uv light to always work. Some stuff can hide behind others in the "shadow" and not be killed or deactivated by the uv light. Still use the calcium or sodium hypochlorite and keep the iodine tabs with you as well.
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    Storing water in plain sight

    Most aquariums have an established bio filter changing ammonia into the nitrogen cycle which live plants will finish off to nitrates (from nitrites). The ph is usually kept around 7. We, especially, would have plenty of sodium hypochlorite or iodine around if we were concerned about immediate potability. One of the ways the health department used to check if cistern water was safe was to put fish or pollywogs in it and come back in a week. If they lived, it passed. Now of course we are talking about freshwater aquariums only. Aquarium water should be of a certain quality by the time you start keeping large aquariums. Mine filters down to .5 microns. I have done "send away" tests for giardia and crypto and there was no protazoa, cycts, or spores at all. Some aquariums also use UV light in the filtering process. Ever since I started keeping discus I put one on. Its safe untill the power goes out. Then you need to treat the water just like we would a lake/river for drinking. 125 gallons goes super fast anyway if you have a thirsty family.
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    water filters.

    I fully recommend getting aquainted with a water treatment specialist. The companies that really do water treatment. I do consider myself an expert on the subjest and have been making my living with it for about 15 years now. If you want a good filter for backpacking, then backpacking magazines are the way to go. If you want to do batch jobs and keep yourself in safe drinking water indefinitely, look to the water quality magazines. The local kinetico or culligan people can point you in the right direction. Talk to the fellows that run the place and design the systems. If they just do residential r.o.'s and softeners, they might have limited knowledge, but there are other companies that do amazing things with water and can help you design a cost effective system for your basement, bunker, or mountain hide-out. It seems that the same cubic feet of equiptment can make much greater cubic feet of water.
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    Storing water in plain sight

    This is a little older thread but I still want to reply to it. First off, I ended up buying several pallets of water last year at a charity auction. I devided it up just to find places to keep it. So I strategically placed little stashes every where I could. Its pathetic. People have asked me what I have done with it and I tell them I used it to fill my kid's big round pool and my mom's pond. Anyhow, I also have a 125 gal. aquarium that if I had to, I could make drinkable with little effort. How's that for plain sight. but mostly what I wanted to say here is that as some of you know, I do water treatment for a living. Big systems for manufacturing and chemical plants process water, giant softeners for hospital boilers and laundry services, R.O. and D.I. systems for colleges and Laboratories, and of course residential, like city, well, and cistern water. I recently partnered up with an oil and gas company to try to develop a more local method of dealing with frac water and other waste waters from gas wells. Well, long story short, we did it. I came up with and tested six successful ways of doing it so the epa and dep would allow the water back into the environment. Each way left the water in a state where if a couple of more steps were applied, it would be potable. Well, I had accomplished this with miniature versions that (all six) fit in a small box trailer. One would even fit in the back of a jeep wrangler. You are left with some sludge by-product that has to be shipped out to a special land fill, but hey. Now the down side is some of this water has a tds in the thousands and some even shows some signs of radiation. Depends and where the well is. I have the proper test kits and can determine potability. These wells are scattered everywhere. Our landscape here is littered with gas well water tanks. If it came to it...it could be drinking water. Not to mention any pond, lake, puddle or stream. But just so you know, we had to let the idea go because it was not going to be cost effective for the gas/oil industry. They are just going to keep deep injecting it or evaporating it in giant sludge trays. But, I still have my prototypes and they are fully funtional. My best can process 200 gal. per hour, uses alum solution injection, and without changing any filters can do about 4000 gal. before it needs some big time service. This may all sound a little too far out there, but I thought some might find it an interesting alternative to talk about.
  12. JamesHitt74

    Registered Prepper

    This whole thread has me between a laugh and a cry. Most of the folks I have ever known over the years (around here) have been planting big time gardens dating back to the depression. Most older homes have a cellar house half burried under the ground. The newer ones just use up 3/4 of a detached garage as a cellar. Ball jars and Mason jars are almost currency around these parts. Each year they put up 60 to 100 quarts of every fruit and veg they can grow. Cold packed deer, squirrel, bear, ...you name it. Each house has two or three deep freezes full of deer, trout, catfish. Every living room has a $5000 gun cabinet with at least 10 deer rifles and shotguns. We all know this is common in every state near the Appalachian Mountains. It's never been a secret. Thousands upon thousands of folks are forth generation harvesters. Bushels of butternuts, walnuts, blackberries, strawberries. If they ever come to take this stuff away they will have to reconstitute the draft just for the manpower to load it all.
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    what can u find in under 20min?

    Very cool. I have to give this a try.
  14. JamesHitt74

    Lift our Spirits

    Wow. Maybe we do stand a chance after all. This is the world we have to maintain. I just wish this kind of story was way more common. Good story.
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    REAL Survival vs REEL survival

    "The Road" just messed with me enough to push me into a higher gear. The will to keep going, to keep surviving when you know things might never get better. It made me realize that it's not the environment that makes your world, it's the people in your life. Everything else is just scenery. The first thing I would have to accept is this is the new life. This is what it's going to be like and it could always be worse. The other thing I realized is, if I'm not mistaken, we have men, women, and children living like that now. Homeless all around the globe. Each day for them is like a scene from these films. Vets who put their lives on the front lines for their country and now are getting the crap kicked out of them by punk street gangs for the 50 cents in their shoe. Trying to survive in the alley for years. Don't get mad at me for spouting off about this please. I'm not a bleeding heart, I just think the story is easier to hear when it's a movie. These people are some real survivors too. Hope I fare as well if the SHTF.