I thought it was about time I do more than torture my poor sweet puppy and started to test out some of the equipment I've gotten so far.
Since it had rained enough for water to collect in various receptacles in the yard I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try out my water filter.
I gathered rain from two different sources. One was a half wine barrel turned planter and the other a doggie water bowl where more than rain had collected.
I was very eager to do this test. Aside from being curious to see how the filter works I was also a bit skeptical that this tube thing would make water that both my puppies and I could drink without getting sick.
So out in the yard I went to collect my water. I dipped the pouch into the barrel and collected a good amount of what the storms had left behind. I screwed on the nifty little tube and proceeded to filter out my first batch of drinkable water into a nice clean glass.
And then I got my first surprise, the water wasn't coming out clear. There was a distinct ochre tinge to the water that was coming out of my magic little tube. It hadn't started out clear to begin with. These barrels I have are after all impregnated with the wine that was made in them so it started out coulored. I sort of shrugged it off.
For some reason I skipped the sniff test and went straight to tasting. This made for an even bigger surprise. My filtered rain tasted of wine. Not a full bodied complex wine, but watered down wine. Very watered down, but still it went in water and came out wine. This left me perplexed for about half a second then I quickly bounced back and decided another test was required. This is when I went for the water, mud and sticks blend the storm left behind in the dog bowl.
This time I did perform the sniff test prior to tasting and had no surprise awaiting me in the glass. Clear flavorless water.
So after these wholly unscientific tests I have concluded that on the trail the chances of finding wine barrels turned planters to collect water from are extremely slim. That I'm hoping the water I collect will come from lovely flowing streams and that even if I must collect from questionable puddles my puppies and I should be just fine. And if we do end up collecting our water from a barrel then we'll just have a special dinner accompanied by a glass of watered down wine.