[at-l] Ref Water Treatment

South Walker southwalker at windstream.net
Sat Jan 9 19:59:55 CST 2016


Wonder why the EPA had a problem with Polar Pure?

I haven't tried to purchase iodine lately, maybe it is now banned.

-----Original Message-----
From: at-l [mailto:at-l-bounces at mailman.backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Black
Wolfe
Sent: Saturday, January 09, 2016 7:01 PM
To: at-l at mailman.backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [at-l] Ref Water Treatment

Regrettably, the company that made Polar Pure (tm) was shut down by the 
overbearing EPA many years ago.  I have one, and will use it until it is 
used up.  However replacing it is no longer an option.
Black Wolfe
Bruce W.
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On 01/09/2016 06:59 PM, South Walker wrote:
> After my expensive Pur filter died on the 7th day in the 100 Mile
Wilderness
> I used Iodine tablets I carried as backup.
>
> When I got to Monson I bought a bottle of Polar Pure and carried it to
> Springer Mtn. There were very few times that I took water without treating
> it.
>
> Polar Pure works in 10 minutes. Vitamin C if used after the 10 minute wait
> will neutralize chemically the iodine odor, color and taste.
>
> After you use some of the iodine saturated liquid you merely add some more
> water. Do NOT use previously treated water if you put Vitamin C in it.
>
> I did not treat the water I cooked with since I was going to let it boil.
>
> For years it was often reported on this list and others that surveys of
> thru-hikers who suffered intestinal distress revealed that roughly 50% had
> treated water and 50% had not, which was interpreted to mean that personal
> hygiene was a factor.
>
> There was a number of nobos who suffered what was thought to be giardia in
> southern VA in 1999.  Because many had stayed by a remote store and got
> water from a well it was assumed that the well was contaminated. The story
> traveled up and down the trail. Hiking list servers helped spread the word
> and the owner of the store was widely criticized. The local health
> department was contacted, took samples, ran tests and found no problem.
>
> Having watched many hikers sharing food from a common zip-lok, I can
easily
> believe that personal hygiene is a big part of these sporadic episodes.
>
> South Walker
> MEGA 1999
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: at-l [mailto:at-l-bounces at mailman.backcountry.net] On Behalf Of
Dennis
> D Piantigini
> Sent: Friday, January 08, 2016 12:46 PM
> To: at-l at mailman.backcountry.net
> Subject: [at-l] Ref Water Treatment
>
> What is the best method for treating water on an AT thru hike?
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