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Pop Quiz - is this water safe to drink??

In short, I'd say a resounding NO! But that doesn't necessarily mean I wouldn't drink it either.......

If I'm just on a hunt or a backpacking trip then I'd have my map, compass and GPS(as soon as I can afford a decent one, ha ha), meaning I already know the lay of the land with its available water sources and have already meticulously planned how much water to carry between those locations. I'd also have my first need PURIFIER with me anyway making this a moot point. Are you kidding me? I'm not drinking that crap! :headshake:

On the other hand, if this is a true survival situation and somehow I've been abducted by aliens and dumped into the wild with nothing but the clothes on my back and the boots on my feet, this decision gets a little trickier. It really depends on how long I've been out there and how much clean water I've been able to scrounge. If I've done my due diligence, say by tying my socks or shirt to a branch and raking it through wet grasses and leaves in the am and squeezing it out, I should be able to pass up this swill, mark the location well in case I decide to backtrack and move on in hopes of greener pastures.

Now, if I'm on day 2 or 3 without substantial water intake, there won't be much deliberation here. This is gonna save my life! I would take off a boot and a sock and remove the foot pad, fill the sock with dry grasses, coarse gravel, sand and my pocketfulls of charcoal (oh ya, you bet I made fire last night!;)), stuff it in the boot, filter and drink my fill.

Noticed mud on the road too, meaning I could study the tread marks in the tire tracks, see where the majority are pointing and march at a quick step in that direction and hopefully find help before I get too sick. Having reviwed the video, there looks to be a good size puddle in the far tire track. I'm probably better off drinking from that than the long term stagnant water in the ditch. Obviously been there long enough for the frogs to breed as well as skeeters. Well, I know this response is a bit tardy but hey, I'm a noob and had to make my first post! :D:

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