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Filtering backcountry water

2018-03-12 16:35:35.051476+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Slate: Actually, Backpackers, You Don’t Need to Filter Your Stream Water

The outdoor community (and industry) has made filtration a must. But a look at the scientific evidence shows that this mandate rests on a shaky foundation.

I think there's a little trolling in the article, but probably worth considering if you're choosing between maintaining a comfortable hydration buffer running on the edge of dehydration to get back to civilization comfortably.

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#Comment Re: Filtering backcountry water made: 2018-03-12 19:33:18.780904+00 by: Larry Burton

This got my attention:

How, then, did water treatment become the norm? Because the outdoor recreation community is far whiter, wealthier, and better educated than the U.S. population at large, it’s an interesting case study in how misinformation propagates through privileged communities.

Education and economic privilege can open us up to falling for misinformation of certain types to a greater degree than lack of education and economic privilege. I don't think that just applies to water filtration.

#Comment Re: Filtering backcountry water made: 2018-03-12 20:19:46.234029+00 by: Dan Lyke

Outside Magazine: Actually, Slate, You Really Should Filter Your Water.

Outside sells ads for filtration pumps, but/and the author of this one suggests chlorine dioxide tablets rather than all the fancy kit.

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