Making Camping Water Safe To Drink

I repeatedly give caution regarding the storage and consumption of non-chlorinated drinking water. In general organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, algae and more grow readily in water supplies that do not have chlorine dispersed in the water. The EPA Safe Drinking Water act allows for as much as 4 parts per million (ppm) chlorine although most municipal drinking water systems provide an average of 2 – 2 1/2 ppm. Quite often, campers have some sort of a bulk water storage tank which leads us to the challenge of getting the proper dosage of chlorine in our traveling water tank. The table provided will allow readers to add the proper amount of chlorine to their water. Please note that this formula only applies to fresh, non-contaminated water of origin. In other words, we must start with potable/clean/fresh water.

  • Use a common eye dropper to deliver the proper dose
  • Do not use scented chlorine bleach
  • Only use bleach that is intended for disinfection purposes. This will be noted on the label



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