scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Water Purification using Clorox Bleach (new info from Red Cr oss)
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Sat Jul 15 2000 - 18:14:33 CDT
At 08:11 AM 7/14/00 -0700, Eisinger, Steve wrote:
>This is interesting, and is, of course a way to purify water if nothing else
>is available. HOWEVER, until I see some EPA tests to the contrary, the best
>way is using a FILTER such as PUR. If one selects the proper filter, it
>will remove 99+ % of bacteria and crypto, which is most important. AND,
>people are not allergic to filtered water, whereas they may be allergic to
I just want to point out that the crews going out of the BSA's Northern
Tier bases all use either boiling or iodine crystals to purify water.
About 2/3 of the water we drank was purified via these methods. They don't
supply filters. Of the two we brought, one got plugged up about 2/3 of the
way through the trip -- I suspect due to spruce pollen suspended in the
water. Nobody got sick! And, yes, the water purified via iodine was a
little funky, but the drink mix did a pretty good job with that.
The iodine crystals brand used is Polar Pure. They come in a small brown
bottle, with a filter in it so that the crystals don't come out. You fill
the bottle with water, and wait an hour. Then you put anywhere from 1 to 2
capfuls (there's a temperature gauge on the bottle's side) per liter in the
water, and wait 20 minutes.
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