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Old 03-22-2013, 08:33 PM   #4552
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Originally Posted by FloorPoor View Post
If the stream is moving quickly (white water) I would not hesitate to drink it, unless it was immediately downstream from a beaver pond.

A fast flow will quickly kill any bacteria.
Not necessarily. I was at an event outside Dubois, WY in the mid 80s where half a dozen people drank unfiltered water from a quick little stream full of brookies. Every one of them wound up in the hospital with giardia. If there was a beaver pond, it was several miles up stream. There was a fair sided elk herd up there and a lot of mule deer.
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