In our first water purification video, I tried to cover all the different techniques for purifying water. We covered everything from Boiling to UV Light. However, when I got to chemical treatment, there were just so many different types on the market that I couldn’t hit them all in that one video. So, for this video, we are focusing just on chemical treatment. There are actually lots of options out there. The old Iodine tablets have been improved. There’s the Chor-Flox that the military is now issuing. Then, there are the multiple different ways to employ Chlorine. I cover the pros and cons of each. Which way is best? Nope, don’t go there. Ask “Which way is best for me?” I say that, because everyone has different situations and preferences. Taste alone, may steer certain people in certain directions.
I talked fast in the video, and didn’t cover it very well. So, I wanted to talk a little more about the proper use of Calcium Hypochlorite or “Pool Shock”, as it is a great way to treat large amounts of water for your home (think Hurricane Katrina). While I don’t think it is great for backpacking; it is the best method I have found for long-term treatment and a large scale. A lot of people plan on using household bleach, if they are ever faced with a long-term situation (again, think Katrina). The problem with bleach, is it only has a 6 month shelf life, and is just nasty to work with. You can store Pool Shock damn near indefinitely, and it takes much less space. That said, you still need to store it away from your food or other gear (it gives off a slight gas), and it takes a bit of mixing to get the proper concentration for treatment. However, if you are willing to do it properly, you’ll see this is a great technique to keep in your mental toolbox. Here are some notes:
Using granular Calcium Hypochlorite to disinfect water is a two-step process
Note: Mix only in a Plastic or Glass container, NOT METAL!!
Step-1: Make a stock of liquid chlorine solution
· dissolve 1 heaping teaspoon of Calcium hypochlorite in two(2) gallons of water
Step-2: Disinfect Water
· Add one part of the liquid chlorine solution to 100 parts water to be treated;
· Let sit for 30 minutes before use
Example: Add 6oz of liquid solution to treat 4.75 gallons of Water in a five gallon bucket. (4.75 gallons = 608 oz of water)
A 1-pound bag of 70% calcium hypochlorite in granular form (pool shock) will treat up to 10,000 gallons of drinking water. That’s a lot of water for your family to live off of. Again, this is a great technique to keep in your mental toolbox. Knowledge is power. Knowledge can be your best tool.
So, enjoy the video and let me know which water treatment techniques you prefer or if you have anything that you think I have left out. I’m always looking for new techniques. What’s in your Bag? What’s in your Plan? Share your ideas and opinions. Don’t have an opinion? Maybe you need to get outside and get one. Don’t rely on the internet. You need to get out there. You need to get some real training. Don’t know where? Let me know, and I’ll point you in the right direction. Strength and Honor.
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