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the aged plodder

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water sources in towns
« on: 13:55:26, 04/12/18 »
Newbie here with a question: where do you long distance walkers find water in towns? I'm thinking of doing the South West coast path next spring/summer. Sounds good because it's never too far from the next town or beach cafe or shop. But I don't want to buy bottled water every day - so where do I find a free supply in villages? Churches usually have a tap (and lead pipe supply lines - eek!) but where else would you trust the water?I have purifying tabs and an infra-red toy for water drawn from streams etc. in the country. I'd want to go a long way inland before I drew from a coastal stream though. I'll be backpacking and bivvying and finding hostals /B&Bs / pubs every few days.
Can I rely on those plentyfull beach cafes and shops for refills?
















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ninthace

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Re: water sources in towns
« Reply #1 on: 14:09:38, 04/12/18 »
Free refills should not be a problem,  I have done it on occasion.  Cafes and pubs are likely to give you a refill if you have bought something.  There are public loos at most beaches and coastal car parks.  There is the odd tap where people rinse off from the beach as well.  Some of the streams running into the sea are actually quite clean, especially the ones that rise a little way inland - if you have the right gear to purify.
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Jac

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« Reply #2 on: 15:44:17, 04/12/18 »
As Ninthace's reply, plenty of places though I worry about chemicals from agriculture in streams (not sure how filters etc deal with that).
Lead pipes in church yards? the incoming mains pipe in my house is still lead. Cheers!

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jimbob

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« Reply #3 on: 17:35:38, 04/12/18 »
[quote author=Jac link=topic=37630.msg533794#msg533794 date=15439382
 the incoming mains pipe in my house is still lead. Cheers!

Lead water services were made illegal 50 years ago. Once informed and requested to do so the local water company must replace free of charge. Google "lead water service replacement " with the name of your local water company for better details.
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Jac

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« Reply #4 on: 17:46:52, 04/12/18 »
[quote author=Jac link=topic=37630.msg533794#msg533794 date=15439382
 the incoming mains pipe in my house is still lead. Cheers!

Lead water services were made illegal 50 years ago. Once informed and requested to do so the local water company must replace free of charge. Google "lead water service replacement " with the name of your local water company for better details.

Thank you for the suggestion.
I googled but they only replace from the main to the boundary of the property - in my case less than a metre from my water meter. I would have to pay for new piping into the property which would mean under the front 9 steps, a sloping pathway, under the house and through to the kitchen. After over 40 years here I think I'll not worry about it.
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« Reply #5 on: 20:29:45, 04/12/18 »
Unless I am high in the mountains I try to avoid streams etc. I've never had any problems with getting water from cafes, pubs, churches, farmyard taps, etc and when I'm in the middle of nowhere I also find cattle troughs are great! BUT! I always ensure that I collect my water at the point where it comes out of the ballcock, never from the trough itself. Depending on the design of the troughs some are easier to get at the water than others. I have a small plastic cup hanging from my rucksack and if necessary I use this to collect the water, then transfer it to my water bladder in the back of my rucksack. If I'm worried about the water quality I just use my Lifestraw water filter. It must work because I'm still here to tell the tale. Sometimes when I'm feeling desperate I will also knock on a random door, most people in my experience are very helpful.

the aged plodder

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Re: water sources in towns
« Reply #6 on: 12:51:02, 05/12/18 »
Thanks chaps. My memory must be going though - all those ideas I have used in the past but they had slipped my mind. I haven't 'begged' water before but why not? Most of the natives are friendly after all. I'm waiting for the better weather. My hips don't like sleeping out in the cold any more. And having to pee in the small hours ain't much fun in a frost.
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