The gear list for your weekend camping trip has been checked and double-checked. Glassware that is unbreakable? You got it. Inflatable beds? You got it. Fire logs with coloured flames? You got it. Tennis set? You got it. On the first day, everything seems perfect except that you forgot to bring spoons. By the second evening, the truth rears its ugly head! You’ve already used 5 bottles of water, and you’re 50 km from the nearest town. What a drag! The simple things are always taken for granted. Is the waterfall by your camp-site safe to drink? How about the river? Would rainwater be safe to drink? Let’s examine various water purification and filtration methods to avoid turning your camping trip into a survival tale.
What Is The Best Amount Of Water To Bring Camping?
When you are used to turning on the tap and getting more water, it’s easy to take how much you need for granted, but take away the tap, and you’ll have to do some calculations. The amount of water a person will consume while backpacking and camping depends on the temperature and environment. Dry, hot climates can easily double this amount. Car camping or glamping trips should, however, include water used for cooking, washing dishes, and taking a shower to freshen up. In other words, 4 people on a 3-day weekend trip should bring about 90 litres of water if there is no other source of water.
Is It Safe To Drink Water Directly From A River?
Is it possible to just drink river water? Scooping up a glass of creek water from your local creek can yield anything from crystal clear water to something that would make your car dirtier if you tried to wash it with it. Even if you remove most of the cloudiness from the water with a filter ripped part of your tablecloth, the water may still not be safe to drink. You should worry less about the cloudiness of water than about the creatures that live in it, which have nothing to do with the cloudiness. In its most basic form, boiling water (5 minutes is sufficient) should do the trick. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that boiling water between 60 – 65°C will kill 99.99% of bacteria, protozoa, and viruses in less than one minute (who.int).
The Difference Between Water Filtration And Water Purification
When you live off the grid or need to have clean drinking water, water filtration is essential. You need to ensure, however, that the water filtration system you are using is effective in removing harmful bacteria.
During water filtration, impurities such as sand and living organisms are removed from the water. The size of the filter you need entirely depends on the amount of water you want to filter. Permanent and portable filters are available. It is important to remember that even when water is filtered through a filtration system, a lot of chemicals and potential viruses are left behind, making it unsafe to drink.
As with water filtration, water purification aims to remove all impurities from the water. Impurities that are focused on during water purification are those relating to water safety, such as biological contaminants, viruses, chemicals and other unseen materials. Iodine and chlorine are usually used to purify water. Nevertheless, it is important to note that purifying water cannot always remove all impurities.
In order to ensure that the water is safe and free of harmful bacteria that can cause serious illnesses, off the grid living requires a water filtration and purification system.
How Can H2O | BWT Improve Your Camping Experience?
The Stefani range is the ideal solution for all your outdoor water needs. Although it will take up some car space, you will be assured of fresh, clear and purified water wherever you might be.
Take a look at our recommended Stefani products here:
Stefani Ceramic Gravity Filter
The Stefani Ceramic Gravity Filter (available in 4 and 6 litres) is equipped with a Sterilizing Ceramic (Triple Action) Cartridge with microporous ceramic filtering wall, retains solid particles and impurities, contains activated carbon, that reduces chlorine, tastes and odours present in water and colloidal silver, eliminating bacteria with no chemical additive
Stefani Cristal Plastic Gravity Filter
The Stefani Cristal Plastic Gravity Filter contains an average filtration rate of 1L/h, is easy to use, economical to run, removes suspended particles, improves taste and colour, eliminates odours, removes chlorine and other harmful chemicals, protects users against bacteria, and can utilize a variety of different ceramic filter candles.
Stefani Flex Plastic Gravity Filter
The Stefani Flex contains an average filtration rate of 1L/h, is easy to use, economical to run, removes suspended particles, improves taste and colour, eliminates odours, removes chlorine and other harmful chemicals, protects users against bacteria, and can utilize a variety of different ceramic filter candles.