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senior member (90)senior membersenior member
01/16/2016 03:12PM
Gotta question about drinking water. Who drinks water through the ice filtered, unfiltered or boiled? I'm going next weekend. We'll be on a deep clear trout lake.
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distinguished member(4574)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberpower member
01/16/2016 04:15PM
On occasion i have drank ufiltered/boiled water. I use the same principals when drinking water straight from the lake in summer. Deep water out from shore.

Although most of the time we end up boiling it for coffee, cider, hot chocolate etc.
distinguished member(5013)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberpower member
01/16/2016 04:24PM
Well if you boiled it then you have killed the organisms that you could get sick from. If you filter it you better have your filter protected at all times because if it freezes a little bit it can crack the filter element and let in the organisms you're trying to keep out. I boil, then you don't have to worry about carrying the weight of and protecting the filter from freezing.
distinguished member (145)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
01/16/2016 08:43PM
We use a steripen.
distinguished member(12526)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished membermaster membermaster member
01/16/2016 09:37PM
Just use iodine pills like summer. Chemical reaction probably takes longer.
distinguished member(2176)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
01/16/2016 10:41PM

In winter I boil. I don't want to worry about a filter freezing, and unlike summer I want the water hot anyways. I do often have my doubts about the need in deep water, but I end up boiling it anyways.
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01/17/2016 11:47AM
Straight out of the lake here. Boil a bit for coffee or tea but for drinking water its like the others stated. Out from shore in deep water.
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