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Old 07-17-2010, 08:49 PM
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I am just wondering if it's safe to disinfect river water or puddle water with bleach? Does anyone know how many drops I need per gallon? Is this even recommended?

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Disinfecting with household bleach kills some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms. The bleach must contain chlorine in order to work. Don't use scented bleaches, color-safe bleaches, or bleaches with added cleaners. Most household chlorine bleaches have 4-6% available chlorine, in which case you should add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water (2 drops per Liter), stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Check the label; if the percentage of available chlorine is around 1%, or you don't know what the percentage is, use 40 drops per gallon/ 10 drops per Liter; if the percentage is 7-10%, use 4 drops per gallon or 1 drop per Liter. Double the amount of chlorine if the water is cloudy, murky, or colored, or if the water is extremely cold. If after sitting covered for 30 minutes the water doesn't have a slight chlorine odor, repeat the dosage and let sit for another 15 minutes.
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Simpler to just boil the water.
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Simpler to just boil the water.
And safer! However boiling isnt always an option, and im going to assume thats what the OP was taking into consideration.
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Just curious... when would boiling not be an option?
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Just curious... when would boiling not be an option?

Well some people might not want to attract attention with fire. The power/gas could be out and some people may not be able to create fire the old fashioned way,or may not have the recources. The way I look at it,is for everything that CAN be done, someone out there CANT do it. There could be other times when people cant make fire that im not thinking of.Just a few thoughts.
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Just curious... when would boiling not be an option?
When fuel is limited or fires not permitted. Some State parks do not allow fires besides what you pack in yourself.
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Well sometimes it rains so much that it might be more convenient.

Or like me... if you might be out in the wild for weeks hunting Bigfoot (or inorganics) you don't want to make fires or you'll scare off your prey.

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Fair points, all.
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Get yourself a good travel filter,,,,,make them in straw type ,,,,,and for water bottles.
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I prefer boiling ,simple ,all you have to do is bring it to a rolling boil;
but you can use Calcium Hypochlorite CaClO2(pool shock )1 teaspoon of granules in two gallons of water for stock solution .Then dilute with1:100 parts water to be treated (stock to water).
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Another piece of information I think is worth pointing out is that bleach has a shelf life.

Bleach does not keep indefinitely.
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you need to understand bleachs havd different % of ingredients, Clorox provides the info on line. Basically 2 drops per qt. or litre of 5% bleach 6 months old or less if very cloudy double, shake to mix leaving cap slightly loose to treat threads of bottle as well, close and let sit for 30 minutes before drinking. Use regular Clorox bleach unscented. I rotate my stock out and keep a eye dropper attached to the handle with instructions on jug in case someone besides me is mixing it if I am incapasitated.

I also keep a small bottle with eye dropper that can be put in my pocket or pack.

As for using chemical instead of boiling, you may not have the time to build a fire, weather conditions, the list goes on.
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Another piece of information I think is worth pointing out is that bleach has a shelf life.

Bleach does not keep indefinitely.
Dose anyone know how long the shelf life of bleach actually is? If anyone could, that would be much appreciated.
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Dose anyone know how long the shelf life of bleach actually is? If anyone could, that would be much appreciated.
I've seen lots of conflicting information on this. The only real way to know would probably be to call the manufacturer.

I've also heard that bleach in the summer is shipped with more chlorine in it since the chlorine will evaporate.
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I don't think bleach should even be considered. If boiling isn't an option, why not water purifying tablets? Easier to carry than bleach. And no concerns over consumption. Or spilling or whatever. Bleach would need to be contained... And could be smelled by game or any other cryptozoological creature. Seems like more trouble than it's worth.
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Disinfecting with household bleach kills some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms. The bleach must contain chlorine in order to work. Don't use scented bleaches, color-safe bleaches, or bleaches with added cleaners. Most household chlorine bleaches have 4-6% available chlorine, in which case you should add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water (2 drops per Liter), stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Check the label; if the percentage of available chlorine is around 1%, or you don't know what the percentage is, use 40 drops per gallon/ 10 drops per Liter; if the percentage is 7-10%, use 4 drops per gallon or 1 drop per Liter. Double the amount of chlorine if the water is cloudy, murky, or colored, or if the water is extremely cold. If after sitting covered for 30 minutes the water doesn't have a slight chlorine odor, repeat the dosage and let sit for another 15 minutes.

what do you mean requires to be a chlorine bleach to work? I've been disinfecting my rainwater tank, bird poo et al, with hydrogen peroxide for years... are you saying I'm doing it wrong?
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