Pole used to use the same method. One morning in November 1976 we woke up
and noticed the water tasted funny. Actually the doctor brought it to my
attention. Turns out that one of those D8 batteries had been accidentally
left in the loader bucket and dumped into the snow melter with a load of
That evening I found myself in the snow melter helping to clean it out. No
skuas, but lots of wood scraps, cargo chains, and oily gunk. At least we
were kept warm from the glycol coil in the bottom.
After that we had to clean the water tanks and flush the piping. The galley
melted snow on the stove for several days for drinking and cooking water.
We all are human, anyone can make a mistake. But the guy responsible for
this incident knew he did it but went to bed anyway. Soon he was on a flight