5 gallon bucket and filter??

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  1. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

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    We need to filter lake water since its full of little living things our shower pump doesn't really like. This is not while boon-docking. We found these neat filters on amazony that fit in a 5 gallon bucket and filter water as you pour it in. This is the most course version they offer. Seems like a neat solution to this problem. Has anyone here tired them??
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    How about the little living things you can't see?
     
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    We don't drink shower water so we don't care or need "potable" water. Is that what you mean?
     
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    I understand. My practice is any water that touches my body should be potable. You may have a different philosophy, that fine with me.
     
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    People swim in lakes all the time, that is not potable water and they survive that. Smart?
     
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    Yes but they are not storing lake water for days.
     
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    The lake is my daily shower sometimes....take a swim...throw on some deoderant and good to go
     
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    We shower with lake water, not store it.
     
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    Hummmm our lakes might be a tad cooler, than Nebraska ones..
     
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    The colorado streams were not to warm either...they can make your voice a little more high pitched when you reach waist deep water if you know what i mean?
     
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    I have done the same thing many times.
    Don't store it without treating it. Look at some under a microscope.
     
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    I no nothing of lake water. But i will say that water being broken up into small droplets can be inhaled. This might be a problem. Where i used to live they had a abnormal reading on some chemical in the water, they found that when showering it amplified the effects. So , be careful.
     
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    Growing up camping there were no bath houses. We took a bar of Ivory soap and hit the lake. Those early camping trips we kids would be like, but Mom we didn't get dirty so we don't need a bath. That water was quite fridged around Easter week.
     
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    If I under stand the issue? All you want to do is strain out any thing large enough to mess up the pump and shower equipment?? I would think a standard window screen size a a little smaller. I would use a large kitchen strainer??? it would have two duties in my camper. Kitchen and lake water.
     
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    We've used a towel in the past but it didn't like to stay in place and let debris past, then we thought "maybe they make filters made for buckets" when we came upon these which seem to be built for cleaning paint or vegetable oil. Costing just $12 and they fit over and in a 5 gallon buckets so they'll stay in place. For that price we can give them a shot and clean them out for later use, plus make water retrieving a one person job again.. They also made very fine ones, like 400 micron or higher.

    This is just shower water we are filtering. Not water for storage or cooking.

     
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    I agree with most, I would not be putting lake water into my fresh water tank. Even tho we do not drink from it, it still gets in mouths when brushing teeth or showering. It's really unavoidable. Not only that, but the process of cleaning/draining the potable water and hot water tank as well as flushing the lines is too much work for me. The issue with lake water is after it warms up in an enclosed space, it likes to grow... things.

    That being said... Your setup should work in combination with the mesh pump filter and a decent canister style in-line filter. I'd still do a full flush/rinse and change my cartridge filter, but it'd work in a pinch. Otherwise a shower tent, bucket, and a Coleman hot water heater would be a safer/easier bet IMO.

    Happy camping!
     
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    I should have been more explicit, sorry about that. We only shower with this water, not stored it. Its carried in buckets which we always consider dirty, its then heated in a pot, which is never used as potable water container. Our camper does not even have "built in" water system.

    Plus my spouse works in infection control at our hospital. Hope that helps.
     
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    That makes more sense, thanks for clarifying.

    In that case why not use some cheesecloth, a large rubberband to hold it on to the bucket, and then pour the water though that? More layers equals better filtering and you can adjust as needed. Then when your done you can just rinse off and reuse later.
     
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    Filter the water thru coffee filters. Sure you have those laying around?
     

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