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When we paddled the Green River in Utah we carried all of our drinking water as the river is very silty and would have quickly destroyed a water filter. For cooking and our coffee, we put water in a pot, let the silt settle to the bottom then scooped the "cleaner" water off the top to use. Took lots of time and not necessarily the best method.


I just came across this article on using alum to purify silty water on Paddling.Net. Will definitely try this method next time we are in Utah or one of the southern rivers where the water is brown and silty.


http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/s...um=socialfeeds

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Thanks for that, I'm thinking of doing the Green River
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Interesting technique. I use the siltstopper from MSR. I've spliced it into my input line before the water hits the main filter. It's particularly helpful when filtering water from glacial runoff that is full of silt.
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I have found that paper coffee filters work fairly well.
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I've also filled big pop bottles with water, wait an hour or two and filter the settled water .
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I've also filled big pop bottles with water, wait an hour or two and filter the settled water .
We used the left over large water jugs for that purpose. It settled ok but we still didn't want to destroy our water filter so we only used that water for coffee and cooking. Stuck to bottled water for drinking.


The Green River is a wonderful paddle, although with all the Tamarisk (salt cedar) along the banks it can be hard at times to find a place to camp. Some places that were marked as campsites in the book we used had totally grown in with the stuff.

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My understanding that fall is the best time to go. Lower water levels and consequently campsites easier to find?
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My understanding that fall is the best time to go. Lower water levels and consequently campsites easier to find?
We went in April before the water levels went up and before it was busy. Easy to find campsites although our temps ranged from just above 80F to around 30F (we got snow one day!). If you want any info/intel, etc., feel free to pm me as we went in 2013 so it wasn't too long ago.

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Thanks, I will do that if I go!
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