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Water from River

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by armedredneck, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. armedredneck

    armedredneck Oregon Active Member

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    I have the fortunate situation of living within short walking distance of the Santiam River. In a survival scenario where I would possibly need to draw water from the river, what things should be taken into account? (cleanliness issues). I understand that different scenarios would present different problems for drawing water from the river. How would you utilize this resource? In all kinds of circumstances/scenarios?

    I'm going for a walk down there today to check it out a little closer.
     
  2. gearhead

    gearhead NC Active Member

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    for small quantities, U/V sterilization works great. In a situation where the grid is down for a very long time, you'd be better off straining it through a cheesecloth, boiling it, then running it through a ceramic filter. There's a book by Wesley Rawles called "How to survive TEOTWAWKI" which covers alot of things - making potable water included. Ceramic filters are relatively cheap, require no electricity, and are easy to clean. (i need to quit running my mouth and get some) let us know how the trip to the river goes.
     
  3. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    How far up/down river are you?
    Ag runoff is a factor, and below Sweet Home (on the S. fork) or below Stayton on the (N. fork) will be a factor.
    Stayton's water Dept. tests regularly and can tell you how often and to what degree they chlorinate.
    Sweet Home can probably do the same.
    Both probably have issues with water quality out of the respective reservoirs. (You know what swimmers do in that stuff? LOL)
    I would use extensive treatment/filtering/boiling below the confluence for sure.
     
  4. armedredneck

    armedredneck Oregon Active Member

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    Stayton, I am not native to this area, I grew up in Yamhill. What is the story on the Santiam? As far as the reservoirs and any other interesting information a local should know?
     
  5. quaintance

    quaintance beaverton New Member

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    Here is a link to directions for building your own filter out of 5 gallon pails, cheaply: Home Made Berkey Water Filter by Daire.

    There are many sources for the filters, but here is one: MTBE filters.

    And here is an article showing how to care for the filters: Conditions of Use : Berkley Water Filters : BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com
     
  6. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Does a bear crep in the woods?.........................elsullo :bluelaugh:
     
  7. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Only in France!
     
  8. armedredneck

    armedredneck Oregon Active Member

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    Thanks for that!! Obviously I'm new to alot of this and appreciate the help from those that know. Would that filter be enough to take care of the water from the river?
     
  9. quaintance

    quaintance beaverton New Member

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    As I understand it, Berkey water filter systems are used by the United Nations (hawk, ptooey) relief agencies in third world nations to provide emergency clean water. This might answer some of your questions: Berkey Learning and Resource Center.

    Their systems are expensive (the gummint always go first class because they aren't paying). You can make your own far cheaper.