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Drinking creek water

March 21, 2017, 12:28 p.m.
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I was steep and deep the other day and I ran out of water. So I figured a good flowing creek was a good option.

How many of you would do this? Or have done this?

I figured that it would be pretty clean in comparison to what some people in the world have to consume.

March 21, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
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Depends where it is draining from and how well it is flowing. At this time of year, I wouldn't hesitate to drink from any creek on the Shore that isn't below inhabited areas (like the creeks along the BP trail out to Quarry Rock), or a large body of standing water. In late summer, I'd be a bit more cautious based on how well it was flowing.


 Last edited by: PaulB on March 21, 2017, 2:14 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
March 21, 2017, 3:14 p.m.
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Don't drink from creek on Mt. Seymour...

March 22, 2017, 7:42 a.m.
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If it's flowing fast & has been raining I'll drink from most any creek on the shore. But there's that one creek on Seymour that stinks. I think it comes from the resort up top. Avoid that one.

March 22, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
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Which one is that?

March 22, 2017, 10:35 a.m.
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http://lifestraw.com/

Or carry one of these.

March 22, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
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More efficient weight loss plan than alloy spoke nipples.

But for reals a fast flowing water source yes. Standing water, no.


 Last edited by: Endur-Bro on March 22, 2017, 11:11 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
March 22, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
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No worries about beaver fever? (giardia?)  It can be present even in flowing water. 

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/giardia-infection

March 22, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
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My old dog got that once on the farm & suffered greatly.


 Last edited by: Stuminator on March 22, 2017, 2:43 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
March 22, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
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When you need water and a running spring time Shore creek above all houses is all I've got, I'd do it and not really worry. 

I have however worried about drinking from random rural sprinklers probably supplied by wells in the dead hot summer. When you run out of water in the hot sun far from home you do what you gotta do. The alternative is sometimes far worse

March 22, 2017, 8:28 p.m.
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Up until 2007 or so, North Van didnt have a water filtration plant and drank from Seymour and Capilano lakes.  Which came from the creeks.

March 22, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
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True, but not the creeks the resort was dumping into.

March 23, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
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Posted by: slider32

No worries about beaver fever? (giardia?) It can be present even in flowing water.

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/giardia-infection

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This story is a sample size of one, worth exactly what you paid for it

Somebody I used to ride w/in the nineties tree planted one summer, ran out of water on the cut block & decided to fill his bottle from a water source close by. He got beaver fever bad & ended up lactose intolerant. F!@k that! At least have a way to filter/treat the water if you "have" to fill up where you find yourself. The Canadian Dairy producers Thank You for your co-operation!

March 23, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
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I just got one these Katadyn BeFree bottles. Great flow compared to the straws and rolls up to fit in a pocket.

March 24, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
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Switch, the ski hill has primary and secondary sewage treatment. They also have UV with chlorine back up water treatment and monitor the quality daily with weekly samples going for lab testing.

If youre on a bike....you're miles from the outflow.

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