Originally Posted by ncbambi
...With new health concerns, I have to drink water that has more filtration than the filters that are in the AS trailers. Any ideas?
without prying into private issues, it's impossible to offer solutions for specific 'health concerns'.
because different health issues require specific/varied types of water treatment
this much however is generally/universally true...
most folks wildly confuse clean water and health related issues.
for example totally CLEAN water with a bit higher sodium content is a specific health risk for some people...
while for others, with IMMUNE deficiency, even SAFE CRITTERS in water is very risky, while NOT a big risk for an intact immune system.
"more filtration" needs to be clarified also.
the water one puts IN the 'stream is only as clean (or dirty) or safe for consumption as the source water...
IF properly treated public water supply water is put it the tank (and the tank is clean) the water is totally safe to drink.
however if the tank or lines or taps, or drinking cups are dirty, the water is too.
many people incorrectly believe clean city water is dangerous but bottled water is safe...
when in fact MOST bottled water in the usa, is just clean municipal/city water put IN a bottle...
and unfortunately many folks put biologically CLEAN water into dirty containers, they haul back to the hut for drinking...
there are a LOT of threads here on filtration and the misc systems and relative value of each...
here is one thread with LINKS to OTHER useful THREADs inside and the basic in on personal safety related to drinking water...
the basic filter included in most newer 'streams is simply a carbon particle/canister type used to REDUCE chlorine taste/odor.
they are very effect IF the water isn't overly loaded with chlorine and the canister is replaced occasionally.
for minerals/metals and other NON biological contaminants (which probably have already been removed to trace levels)...
there are other filters available, some with good data to support their performance and many with QUESTIONABLE value or support data.
however filtering chlorine from the water PRIOR to filling the tank INCREASES the risk of 'stuff' growing in the tank and water.
for travel into zones with questionably contaminated water (biological things) or NON municipal water (well water is an example)...
a UV based portable filtering system can be used to KILL most critters, IF one does not want to use chemical sanitizers in the water...
there are also NOW inexpensive gizmos for TESTing the water for stuff, and these are useful IF one understand the info provided.
and the most useful tool to understanding the safe water issues is still education.
distilling the facts from the myths is time well spent.