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Hiker Caver Biker on 4/19/2021 10:54:17 AM:
Does anyone know if the water is turned on for Spring 2021 yet?

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 4/19/2021 7:04:56 PM:
The National Park Service website for the C&O still lists all the pumps along the trail as "off" as of this evening. Whether or not that listing is up to date or not will have to be confirmed by someone on the trail or unless they update their list in the coming days.

Adama from DC on 4/19/2021 10:34:50 PM:
Not on yesterday.

Burnsie from FFX on 4/20/2021 8:59:13 AM:
Has anybody had any experience using either a Katadyn Be Free or a Hike Mikrofilter to get and treat water from the Potomac well north of DC? With the water off (and a tight time table for being able to take work off) I am considering using a Hiker Microfilter (https://www.rei.com/product/830746/katadyn-hiker-microfilter) and just using the Potomac. Thoughts

Tom on 4/20/2021 6:34:08 PM:
Spoke with the ranger-types on Monday morn at Little Pool. They are testing the wells and installing handles this week and next.

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 4/20/2021 9:04:43 PM:
Check out the review of the Katadyn Be Free filter on Backpacking.com at: https://youtu.be/kfKsLdst9Dk Also, for information, Tim Mooney who frequently rides the C&O Towpath and describes his journeys in his Pedalshift YouTube podcasts alludes to his use of the Sawyer pump filter on his trips along the Potomac.

wkr from Brunswick, MD on 4/23/2021 9:30:58 AM:
I've used a Sawyer Mini to fill my running water bottles from the potomac. I've never gotten sick. ;)