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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Folks look at me funny when I talk about purifying water. Between a couple of decades of military service and missionary work, I've had all manner of waterborne critter. Well I'm out surveying remote sites for humanitarian projects in Thailand and I thought I was tight on the water discipline. Nope. I figure a glass I used had contaminated water in that hadn't dried before I used it. 5 days of diarrhea like you read about. First 3 days included fever sweats and rigors, cipro is your friend. Imodium was like an hors douvre for this critter. I've got medical on the survey team with me, and a raft of folks praying - I'll be fine.

Seriously though, don't drink the water.
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I'm on a well at home. I carry a gallon in my lunchbox and two 1 liter stainless steel bottles in the GHB. I won't drink any water from any other source than what I bring with me. I use a combination of filters for my house, 2 sediment, 1 charcoal and a UV filter. Nothing worse that having the runs and no blue bowl on the job site!

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I have a filter on the kitchen faucet, and we drink bottled water even at home. I'm not sure I trust the bottled part, and am concidering just the filtered water only.
The filtering started years ago, as I don't trust the city water ANYWHERE.

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Our city water is so chemically poisoned, nothing will live in it. So, no worries.

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Wow TM I can empathize. I know what you're going through. Been there done that. They wanted to hospitalize me for intravenous fluids due to dehydration but I have been told you're likely to be worse off in the hospital there! I was being careful too, I don't know how it got me. I have a suspicion but I've been told it's not correct.

One thing that helped me recover was the drink 100 Plus. It was much better than drinking water. If you'll be drinking a lot of it you might want to mix it 50-50 with water. Bottled that is!
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thanks for posting this.
it's a very real problem that a lot of folks don't or won't
consider or ignore all together.
using contaminated utensils doesn't enter into the thinking
of a lot of folks. the scouts used to have disinfectant tablets
we used for rinsing dishes and utensils when using surface
water. I've been using plain bleach In the rinse water for
many years if not using disposable dishes and utensils
when camping out or hunting etc.

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thanks for posting this.
it's a very real problem that a lot of folks don't or won't
consider or ignore all together.
using contaminated utensils doesn't enter into the thinking
of a lot of folks. the scouts used to have disinfectant tablets
we used for rinsing dishes and utensils when using surface
water. I've been using plain bleach In the rinse water for
many years if not using disposable dishes and utensils
when camping out or hunting etc.

Ranger have you ever headed down south of the border and get a case of Montezuma's revenge? I did once and that was enough for me, so bad you could stand flat footed and crap over the roof of your house.
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Wow TM I can empathize. I know what you're going through. Been there done that. They wanted to hospitalize me for intravenous fluids due to dehydration but I have been told you're likely to be worse off in the hospital there! I was being careful too, I don't know how it got me. I have a suspicion but I've been told it's not correct.

One thing that helped me recover was the drink 100 Plus. It was much better than drinking water. If you'll be drinking a lot of it you might want to mix it 50-50 with water. Bottled that is!
Thanks for the 100plus recommendation! I went with coconut water, which I started drinking after long runs a few years ago, but some other folks here used the 100 plus. I'm going to bring Endure with me on my next trip JIC.

First thing I did in the place I'm staying now is flip all the glasses over to air dry, no microwave or I'd nuke them to boot. And then i used hand sanitizer on the rims.
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I've seen some people who live there wipe down glasses and silverware and plates in restaurants before using them.
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