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post #31 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-23-2019, 09:07 PM
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There is no way I'd drink from any stream in Pennsylvania.
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At my age I can't afford to get the squirts Now, I do drink spring water all the time! Comes in a 16 oz. plastic bottle.
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post #33 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-23-2019, 10:49 PM
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It would have to be a seep very high in elevation to the point I am confident it is pure groundwater. Otherwise no friggin way.
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post #34 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 06:34 AM
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Used to drink from a small stream on SGL 94 back when I was a kid. My Dad always carried one of those collapsible cups. It was always cold and tasted so good. I don't do that anymore. But I did find his old cup the other day. Brought back many fine memories. Thanks Dad.
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post #35 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-31-2019, 03:59 PM
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There's a spring off North Country Club Road (ironically no country club anywhere nearby) in Moraine State Park in Butler County. I've stopped and filled containers with water from that spring numerous times. Never had any ill effects. I wouldn't do that everywhere though.
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my buddy's dad still pulls water for his camp from a spring. He has a well (and says its tested ok) but is really only good for flushing the toilet and showering. We use the spring water for cooking, brushing teeth, the dogs, and the occasional glass of water. No one's gotten sick from it that I've ever known.

I wouldn't drink straight from a stream here without some sort of treatment first.
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Still drink spring water when I know the source. Told few folks from time to time that you could use spring water in your radiator because it doesn't freeze.

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post #38 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 09:29 AM
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If you get giardia or bacteria contamination, you will never drink from a spring/ stream again without boiling or a filter. Obviously there is a risk of chemical contamination, but in headwater mountain settings there typically isn't development or agriculture nearby. I carry a steripen that utilizes a UV light similar to a uv treatment system for a well. I have tested treated water from this method and no bacteria was detected.
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