- Sep 22, 2013
Best bet is to send a sample to a lab for testing. Odds are 30-70 it is potable.
On that note, I pumped water through katadyn filter, and had explosive diarrhea for three days. I think thre water was heavy in minerals, but the area had recently been grazed by sheep, too.Take my advice. Dont drink un-purified water. You'll be sorry. I sure was and it almost killed me. Literally.
Flying home from Alaska I felt like someone was pounding a spike from my grundle to my chin with a 5 pound sledge.
Then I finally manned up and went to the doctor and had to crap in a dish and scoop it from the dish into a vial for testing.....
Ya, that really happened and giardia had set in badly.
Doctor said it was the worst case he had ever seen and I likely would have sustained permanent damage from it if I had not come in when I did...
Also, FYI I technically didnt drink unpurfied water. I washed some dishes in creek water....So it doesn't take much.
Hmmph.. maybe YOUR Urethra is sketch! j/k Bubble hehe!This thread reminds me of those that promote drinking your own urine if you get stranded and don't have water. They always mistakenly say urine is sterile. Well, sure it is, until hits the urethrae, then it could be the death of you in such a situation. So, can you do it? yes. Is it smart, heck no.