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Old 02-04-2015, 05:36 PM   #113
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Maybe. But when was the last time you heard of someone being arrested for drinking tap water and driving?
I guess anything's possible. Sometimes water can contain some pretty potent stuff!




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Old 02-04-2015, 06:42 PM   #114
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Especially if there is a fracking well close by as shown above.


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It is highly unlikely that there is any relationship to fracking in the above picture. It is most likely from a well that is completed into an aquifer that contains methane. It is a natural process that releases gas as an aquifer is dewatered.
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:51 PM   #116
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It is highly unlikely that there is any relationship to fracking in the above picture. It is most likely from a well that is completed into an aquifer that contains methane. It is a natural process that releases gas as an aquifer is dewatered.

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I think the dogs are trying to tell us something. If they don't drink the water, we shouldn't either. They have a keen sense of smell . In fact they have 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while us humans have only 5 million. I had to Google this information. I use ''zero water'' filter decanter at home. It comes with it's own tester. On the trail a ''Sawyer'' filter, best price is on amazon 20.00 or you can pay 29.99 at Bass Pro. I think everyone should have a ''Sawyer'' just in case....I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but I'm handy.

I certainly agree with you about not drinking anything my dog wouldn't drink. However....there isn't much my dog wouldn't drink! We have high clay content in the dirt around Sacramento, so some puddles from rain will stay around several weeks before they drain. I've seen puddles where we walk that have horse tracks going into them, other dogs' tracks, and a few more other unidentified things. Of course my dog wades right in too, and takes a few sips while she's in there.


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Old 02-16-2015, 01:47 PM   #118
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Since the wife and dog got sick after drinking water at a RV Park we bring our own water we fill at home in Bottled water bottles.

We take more then enough for the trip for 2 of us and 2 small dogs.

On one trip we were out for 2 months and brought 10 cases and still had 2 cases of water when we got home.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:08 PM   #120
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Dogs will drink water if they are thirsty, but not necessarily water that's good for them. We carry bottled water for them. We use campground water to shower and flush, but we are tea drinkers, so whatever water we drink gets boiled first. We carry at least one case of bottled water for doggies and people if needed. Have not gotten any intestinal upsets this way. Nothing worse than a sick doggie in the back seat of the truck. They seem to hold gallons. Don't ask how I know this. 😄 We also carry their normal food and try to feed them on their normal schedule. Doggie tummies are not as tough as folks think they are.

Agree that fresh water tank filling should be from a municipal chlorinated water supply without running it through a carbon filter. I also carry a bottle of unscented Clorox for tank cleaning and hose sanitization if I get suspicious. I dewinterize according to the instructions in the AS manual that calls for a full fresh tank fill with a couple cups of Clorox (or whatever it recommends) and let soak for an hour. I fill all the way to the top until the solution comes out the vent to make sure all the hoses are flushed, then I run the pump briefly to flush all the lines and hot water heater. I make sure I can smell chlorine at all the faucets both hot and cold. It sits for about an hour, then I drain and flush until the chlorine smell is faint but not totally gone. That seems to protect us well enough.

If the campground water looks sketchy we run the pump with only what we carry. If not, I run the dedicated supply hose through a pressure regulator at the campground valve and a fresh each year charcoal filter at the side of the AS. Seems to work well, as our last 10,000 mile trip was without issues.







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Revisiting this thread

I still say that water you find all across this great country is safe to drink not withstanding a very few exceptions. But, times are changing and with continued drought conditions, over pumping and now the growing practice of fracturing oil and gas wells, we will soon face some serious challenges when it comes to protecting our ground water. Throw on top of that the growing mistrust of our government and an increasing distain of all regulations we will be in trouble sooner than later.

In an earlier post someone asked about the practice of burying a water line next to a sewer line. Someone from Texas said something to the effect that it is merely a suggestion but people do it all the time. Where i live this is a very big issue. When we added an addition there was no option and ignoring the regulation whould have earned us a healthy fine. Throw in fracking and over pumping and you can see where this is headed.
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I still say that water you find all across this great country is safe to drink not withstanding a very few exceptions. But, times are changing and with continued drought conditions, over pumping and now the growing practice of fracturing oil and gas wells, we will soon face some serious challenges when it comes to protecting our ground water.
Each of the 50 states has public health regulations that dictate how often water sources have to be tested, and which contaminants have to be tested. Any municipal water supply should be safe, and if they do have a problem they will issue a "do not drink" or a "boil before drinking" order until the water can be made safe again.

The only sources I'd be concerned about are non-municipal sources. Private wells may or may not be tested— and even if they are, they only have to meet a lower standard of quality due to the low number of people using them.

And of course if you're long-term boondocking and getting your water directly from a stream then the water has not been tested or treated at all, unless you do it yourself, and in that case I'd worry. The US Army has regulations governing the use of local surface water by deployed troops on an "expeditionary" basis, and those regulations require testing for fourteen different contaminants before drinking— much lower water quality standards than any EPA- or State-regulated municipal or private source. Even here in the States, if the US Army has occasion to drink surface water that has not passed through a treatment plant, they still have to test for those fourteen contaminants and provide their own water treatment if any of them are over the acceptable limits.

The Coors beer ads when I was a kid used to show a clear Colorado mountain stream in their ads when they mentioned that Coors was made with pure Rocky Mountain spring water, but the Coors brewery never got its water directly from a stream; it was ground water from an artesian well, not surface water.

In my usual verbose way, the lesson I'm trying to impart is, as long as you get your water through a hose from a regulated source and not dipped up from a stream with a bucket, the water is generally safe to drink. It may taste funny and/or may give you a case of the trots until you get used to it, but it won't pose a serious health risk. But since no one likes having water that tastes funny, and no one wants a case of the trots until they get used to the local water— and may not even be around long enough to get used to it— when you go camping outside your home area you should probably at least filter your water, or buy bottled water.
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I'm still looking for my "Artesian Search and Rescue" bumper sticker I got at the brewery many years ago....😄


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Generally I'd drink it so long as it tastes OK. You can't stay in business long serving bad water.

I hate iron and chalky water so I'd always make sure I have at least one bottled water somewhere just in case.

As well as using an inline filter you could also use a Brita which supposedly gets rid of metals, parasites and bacteria!

Who drinks water anyhoo. My choice is usually wine or beer!
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You do realize bottled water is usually just water from a municipal supply with the added bonus of soft-plastic taste ?
It's quite funny most people don't realize this. They drag around gallons of water all over the place that is more expensive and stored in nasty BPA bottles. All you need is a good inline water filter for potable water and something like a zero water for drinking water.
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