Low Impact Sump

Low-Impact Sump

  • Take a gallon size Ziploc® bag (trail meal bags work great too) and poke about 20 small holes in the bottom.
  • Fill ¼ of the bag with pine needles.
  • Pour the rinse water into the wash pot
  • Pour the water from the wash pot, through the food strainer, through the bag, and into the second pot.
  • Then pour the water through the food strainer, bag, and into the other pot a second time and repeat until no more food particles drip into the pot.
  • Distribute the water in a rainbow-like fashion 200 ft. from camp and water sources.
  • Pack out the bag with pine needles as trash.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.