Re: Purifying water with clorox? (fwd)
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 10:29:34 -0400
For the non-American contingent: please post or e-mail me the brand name
under which chlorine bleach is sold in your country. This is the stuff
used to make dirty white clothes *really* white, smells bad, and makes
your fingers feel slippery if you get it on your hand.
On Thu, 10 Apr 1997, Doug Roach wrote:
> > Subject: Purifying water with clorox?
> > This is a question that someone told me boyscouts would be able to answer.
> > We are taking a trip to central america soon and were wondering if you had
> > the formula for purifying water with a clorox solution (specifically how
> > many drops per gallon)? Any help you can give would be a appreciated.
> Seth, et.al.,
> My wife (the microbiologist) suggests that you reconsider the Clorox
> solution and consider instead using iodine. A major concern for all of
> us whether travelling to South America or to the "south forty" is the
> pervasive incidence of the protozoan parasite giardia. There are also
> the threats of harmful bacteria and certain viruses that must be
> addressed. The Clorox solution will NOT alleve all of these concerns.
> Only properly boiling water or treatment with iodine are effective on
A few years back, didn't the CDC issue a warning about boiling water?
Something to the effect that in contaminated streams, boiling the water
only concentrated the parasites and impurities without necessarily
killing them? I remember reading a <continued on page 18> sized story
about it, but I don't remember if it was CDC or WHO.
In my overseas travels to India, I have found that the only safe things
to drink are : Wine/Whiskey/Beer (all verboten to Boy Scouts besides
being hard to come by in India), and bottled soft drinks (which after
two or three weeks produce their own problems).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City