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Old 09-08-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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So, doing some research on water puirifiers (specifically the Berkey filters) and I thought of something. I was watching a show (I believe Man VS Wild) where the guy used a snake skin to hold his pee, and later to drink it. Now that can't have been a pleasant experience but it got me thinking. If you could drink it straight up, why couldn't you filter it first?

So with something like a Berkey, if there was absolutely no other source of water, in a pinch would that work to clean it up and make it a bit more palatable?



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Old 09-08-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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I dont know about palatable, but I am sure the fter.wod take out alot of stuff and some form of liquid would come out... Dont know if it would be close enough to being water to matter though



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Problem with drinking urine (besides the emotional aversion, smell and taste) is that it is a waste product. Besides water, it is loaded with uric acid and salt- WHICH YOUR BODY IS TRYING TO GET RID OF.

A filter removes solid things. It does not remove dissolved things. The only "filter" that I know of that will do that is a reverse osmosis unit- and THEY are water hogs. You could distill it- and when in country where water could be a problem, I keep a length of plastic tubing and a sheet of poly in my pack- solar still is easy to make.

Under EXTREME circumstances, you may be able to STRETCH available potable water by cutting it with urine, but it is a similar effect to breathing in and out of a plastic bag. Running that air through a filter will not replace oxygen that was consumed from the air.

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a filter that contains charcoal will remove certain dissolved things. So will some regular filters when you get to the .1 and .2 micron size. An R/O filter is just a regular filter with VERY small holes for the water to pass thru(actually seep thru). That said I will plan ahead so I will not be drinking urine. I will save mine for you if you want it.

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It's not THAT bad. It greatly reduces the amount of water you lose (though sweat still takes a lot) AND it whitens your teeth. Win win, right?

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ploofy do I understand that you have tried this? I'm so sorry dude, that has to suck. personally I don't think I would pull a Behr Grills unless I just didn't have a choice. as far as being a waste product, I'm sure it will wet you throat which will at least offer some relief.



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