CSR water supplies

Can anyone who has recently travelled the Canning recommend how much water to carry with you. Do most of the bores still have usable water. Can you use this for washing and carry only drinking water
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Reply By: Alan S (WA) - Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 13:26

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 13:26
Having just done it, I carried 140lt between two of us and had no problem. I could have carried less.

Wells that we filled up at were

46 Water was good and drinkable
33 Very good water
Georgia Bore excellent

After that I went through to Wiluna with out filling up again.

Others in our party carried only 60 ltr between couples and also had no problems.

Well 26 was undergoing restoration when we went through and may be producing good water again

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 19:47

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 19:47
Alan & others Well 26 has good water to 4m deep in th ewell and very potable.

I'll post up a report tomorrow from TCWA regarding the restoration work undertaken a fortnight ago.

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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 14:16

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 14:16
Water usage on the Canning is a personal thing that you should work out from previous camping experience as there can be a huge variation between different people. I've heard figures as high as 10L per person per day where for me I'd average less than 3. For a winter run 120L for 2 people would be acceptable on a 16 day trip.
There are plenty of opportunities to top up water for cleaning & washing which I'd assume would be listed with the permit or in Eric Guards Book. Some is good enough to drink although worth boiling 1st. (don't rely on it as occasionally water is fouled by dead animals)
Water usage can be minimised by planning meals that don't require much to cook or clean, share washing in the group, use paper plates etc. If getting off the beaten track, travelling in Summer or are on your own then additional water in case you're stranded would be wise. Allow some for windscreen washer & a complete radiator change.
Some friends that just left for the Canning had over 200L on board (for 2) which I see as excessive adding unnecessary weight to what was already an overloaded car.
Cheers Craig.............
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Reply By: andoland - Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 14:48

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 14:48
We went through in June - 2 adults and 2 children - and had 75 litres water capacity. Our 55 litre tank was reserved for drinking water and the 20 litre jerry can for washing water.

We obtained drinking water from well 6, georgia bore (well 22) and kunnawarritji community. The water at well 33 was also drinkable.

As well as the above we got washing water (i.e. water that was good enough for dish washing and showering but we would not drink) at Durba Gorge and well 49. There may have been one or two other wells but I can't remember.

People we came across travelling in the opposite direction had removed a dead snake from well 46 so we did not take any water from this well.

You should be aware that most of the wells are dry and/or no longer exist, e.g. are just a depression in the ground.

Well 24 was full of water, so full that it was overflowing and surrounded for 5-10 metres and the water had lots of crud in it so we did not even bother with this for washing water.

Well 25 was in the middle of a late and I presume when this dries out enough to access the water will probably be salty.

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Reply By: Member - hydeaway - Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 16:46

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 16:46
Thanks for comments.
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