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Post by Bignuggs on Thu 15 Mar 2018, 9:07 pm

something I've never bothered checking as I always take enough water with me when I camp out. But here's my question.
Is there a kit available that can test water to see if it's drinkable ?
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Post by Nightjar on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 8:05 am

Some info here Cliff, the bottom line is if you are unsure boil the water first.

http://www.dummies.com/sports/camping/purifying-the-water-while-camping/



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Post by Hotrock on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 8:16 am

Try these guys, I always carry one

http://www.testkits.com.au/

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Post by Moneybox on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 8:55 am

I'm not worried about the bugs in most water we find but I'm concerned about the chemicals left by mining. Sometimes I'd like to dive in to freshen up but those big beautiful holes in the old minesites might be toxic. If we can't see fish we stay clear.

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Post by pilko on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 9:34 am

Hi Moneybox....usually chemicals left by Mother Nature rather than intentionally by mining

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Post by Moneybox on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 2:10 pm

pilko wrote:Hi Moneybox....usually chemicals left by Mother Nature rather than intentionally by mining

We spent a week around Mt Magnet last November. The locals told us that they swim in the old mine holes just north of the dump. They are closed off by rock bunds and a fence but apparently that's no deternant Very Happy

There are some beautiful water holes left by mining companies right across the country. The water nearly always looks inviting especially when the temperature is over the top. I don't know how safe they are to swim in or use for drinking.

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Post by Scrubby on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 5:32 pm

just curious mate, is the water for yourself or Towser? LOL

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Post by Bignuggs on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 9:16 pm

Scrubby wrote: just curious mate, is the water for yourself or Towser? LOL    

I don't drink water, it's bad enough having to wash in the stuff.  It's for the dog lol!

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Post by Nightjar on Sat 17 Mar 2018, 6:59 am

pilko wrote:Hi Moneybox....usually chemicals left by Mother Nature rather than intentionally by mining

Take a look at the bush land (death valley) on the hidden West side of the old Teutonic Nickel mine on the Goldfields HWY north of Leonora and make up your own mind whether this is Mother Nature at work? (I think not)








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Post by Hotrock on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 5:49 pm

Be careful swimming in old pits if they are down to the bluerock which is sulphides. Some of it is what we know as PAF (potential acid forming) and nowadays we have to encapsulate the sulphide waste in a bund of oxides which is a pain to construct the wastedumps.

The worst I have come across was at Cosmo Howley in the NT, the Ph of the water there was 2.0!! and in the wet the containment dam floods and it ends up in the Daly River, used to eat any non stainless pumps out in days.

Some pits are contain fresh water although the bulk are hypersaline. There was a pit at Wiluna South (also called Eons or Matilda) called Coles Find, beautiful fresh water and perfect in the middle of summer after being on the shot crew, was also full of yabbys. It was surrounded with about 7 other pits that were hypersaline!

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