Maintaining an adequate supply of fresh water is important for when we are camping. We need good quality water for cooking and washing the dishes and it is amazing how quickly the water can be used up. We have become very frugal with dish-washing water. Instead of a wash basin and a rinse basin, we now only use a hot wash basin and the dishes are dried once they come out of the wash, saving a basin full of water that would have been used to rinse.
We carry 60 litres of water in the Defender – two 20-litre jerry cans and two 10-litre canisters. To keep the cans topped up, we have been taking advantage of the water in the hotels where we stay. However, not knowing the quality of the hotel water, we are taking the precaution of filtering it before adding it to the cans.
As we’re heading out for a few days of camping, we took the opportunity this evening to fill up an empty 10-litre can. We have a Platypus Gravity-Works filter that is very easy to use. We fill the ‘Dirty bag’ with water of an unknown quality (in this case from the hotel) and allow gravity to push the water through the filter element into the canister. For water of a more doubtful quality, we also have Milton sterilising fluid to use in addition to the filter.