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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Water Filters and Staying Healthy

One of the ways we keep each other healthy is by drinking filtered water. Many people will argue that when we gather in the mountains, the water is clean.  Well not to burst your bubble, but the springs may or may not be safe to drink and the lines we lay to bring spring water from the hills down into the gathering are only as safe as the last time a dog or a horse shit on the line.  All it takes is one tiny crack and the spring water is now dog poop spring water.  Or bear poop, deer poop, horse poop, bobcat poop, etc.

Don't forget, that many people who gather drink city water during the year and their bowels aren't adjusted to live water. Even folks who drink live water on a regular basis have adjusted to the critters in their local water and a new set of critters can leave even the most hardened back woods homesteader leaving a trail behind them.  Just because you are young and healthy and can handled a week of diarrhea without a thought doesn't mean that all our family can. Small children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions can end up in the hospital when from diarrhea.

If you or anyone you know is thinking of purchasing  Katadyn filters (.2 micron) for an upcoming gathering, please get in touch with Team Hydration to get the lowest price available.  Together our money goes further than it does separately.

In addition to trying to get us the best possible price on filters, Team Hydration sets up Hydration Stations scattered about the gathering so people can fill their jugs with clean and safe drinking water.   Having safe and clean drinking water is one of the most important things we can do for a safe and positive gathering.  The alternative is a gathering full of diarrhea.

I personally know the folks behind this effort and know that the money will be spent as intended.  

So what's it going to be family.  Together our $5 or $50 dollar donations will keep a lot of people safe and healthy.  Click here to donate.

Team Hydration will also accept donations for the water crew that runs water lines throughout the gathering, please leave a comment with your donation if you want the funds to go to the water line crew vs the water filter crew.

Finally don't forget that we can't just run down to the local general store and buy filters.  By collecting funds ahead of time, all the equipment we need can be ordered ahead of time so clean and safe drinking water becomes available as soon as possible after we land at home.  Click here to donate! 

Please feel to contact Jules or Team Hydration directly if you have any questions, would like to get involved, or would like to get a filter system for your camp or kitchen.  Please copy and distribute this information to all points of light.


  1. So glad you won't be ruining the earth near us this year. The Wisdom area tooks years to repair itself and the Post Office is no longer used as a bathroom by you folks.

  2. As for getting water at the Rainbow gathering, I think the Berkey
    filter would come in handy. One filter can purify 3000 gallons of
    water, and they are sold in packs of 2 for just over $100. They are
    small and easy to use. (yes, this is the filter we'll be using on the
    farm.) They also remove harmful pathogens, which is something no other
    filter without an outrageous price tag can do. I wonder if the Rainbow
    folks know about these ingenious devices?

  3. I'll check it with the team then. But I'm wondering if they also offer a whole house water filter?

  4. the berkey filters are good, they seem to be effective but we just don't have enough experience to comment on them in detail yet. Team Hydration prefers the katadyn filter because they have been tried and tested and we're well aware of both their advantages and limitations. The berkey filter element has a similar size thread so it should be usable in katadyn filter housings and vice versa.

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