Re: Water? Life Saver water bottle
AH, New Zealand! The South island for hunting, backpacking and skiing, the North island for sea kayaking and beach combing. Someday I'll get there.
Well, yes we do have beaver dams here in the US, both east and west, so you do need to purify your water coming from those sources. A plain filter may not be enough to avoid "beaver fever".
And I've taken water from a cattle trough at 8,000 ft. in a high valley along the Pacific Coast Trail. THAT water I definitely had to use a Steripen to purify.
To avoid the Shanghai $hits, "green apple quick step" or "Montezuma's Revenge" one must purify - and sometimes filter before purifying.
That said I've often taken water from a spring coming directly from a hillside with no treatment.
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