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During a 6 week trek in limestone country, we both noticed extensive white deposits in the tubes which impeded the flow of water. Assuming it was calcium carbonate, I have tried vinegar to dissolve it but with no success. Now at home, I've managed to extract some of the deposit and it seems rubbery! It doesn't dissolve in vinegar and we are baffled! Any ideas? Sue Godfrey

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The deposits may be a fungus that grows in camelbak, and other brands of, hydration systems due to sunlight shining on the wet plastic. It's possible that if you were using water containing lime that the lime has mixed with the fungus. To reduce the growth some systems have a black insulation which covers the drinking tube. There's a cleaning kit you can get which consists of 2 brushes, a narrow one for the tube and a larger one for the main water reservoir, and tablets which disolve or break up the fungus. You can get them at http://www.wiggle.co.uk/camelbak/cycle/hydration-system-spares/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=camelback%20cleaning%20kit&utm_campaign=camelbak&referid=googwig&utm_agroup=Camelbak%20-%20Hydration%20System%20Spares
or if you look on google for "Camelbak cleaning kit" you might find somewhere near you that sells them.

The fungus is not harmful but it does put a taste on the water and doesn't look very nice.

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