Hike Water Purification Tips

Hike Water Purification Tips

08/07/2021 Off By chadmin

Avoiding a few key mistakes and taking a few precautions will make any treatment method more effective.

Separate and clearly designate dirty and clean water containers.

Pay close attention to directions because every product has detailed steps to avoid cross-contamination (introducing nontreated water into your treated water).

Seek out clean water because sediment impairs treatment effectiveness. If only murky sources are available, use a prefilter or allow sediment to settle from gathered water.

Keep your hands clean by packing hand sanitiser and using it often.

Keep camp, toilet and dishwashing areas at least 200 feet from any water source.

Freezing conditions require special consideration: Melting snow is your best bet. Filters that can freeze and crack can be stored overnight in your sleeping bag, though that won’t help if daytime temps remain below freezing, too. Batteries on UV pens won’t last as long, and many chemicals’ effectiveness diminishes in the cold (so read directions carefully for any you are considering).

 

Which water filtration method is best?

This will depend on personal preference, where and how you like to hike, and the size of your group.

Fast and light solo hikers: squeeze filter with the option to set up inline; or in low-risk areas, just chlorine dioxide.

Couples or groups sharing gear or size and weight are not major concerns: large-capacity gravity filter system.

Emergency backup in all cases: a few chlorine dioxide tablets.