When I did the RNWF in 96 with three mates, we were told, prior to the hike that the stream was 'flowing'. Accordingly we hiked up with pretty much empty bottles, planning to fill at the base.
We arrived in the dark and found the 'spring' which was a small muddy pool.
With no option we rigged an ad hoc filter using two pairs of our (used) socks. It took a couple of hours but we eventually managed to fill our bottles with a grey murky and slightly greasy liquid that passed for H20. It had an unusual salty edge to it.
The socks, one thick, one thin (see we had thought it through) worked quite well - only one of us was sick, and heck - he might have been sick anyway.......
When dawn broke, we of course found the correct spring, up and left of where we bivi'd, but by then we couldn't face unpacking and dicarding our laboriously won gloop.
I demand full NEPA compliance for this project. I will have a lot to say during public scoping. don't expect that water booth to be open anytime soon. I also expect a minimum tool analysis given that it will be in wildernes, this seems like a pretty significant trammel. i would expect a liter of water to be more like $150 after the legal fees.
Cheap dudes like me aren't paying a nickel for WATER THAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE; and isn't it still illegal to remove, collect, or offer for sale any rocks, plants, animals, OR WATER in National Parks, BTW? Why would they sanction a rootless wandervogel like you to run something so lucrative?
And you can't prevent parties hauling up their own water, either, Jim, unless you hire a gang.
In fact, if you get this concession, which will require God-knows-what paperwork and baksheesh, I'm still willing to do all that paperwork and to spend big bucks to initiate a concession to sell Fern Spring Water in those teeny little green bottles!! And NO FIZZ!!
5-cent CRV in Yosemite, too.
You'll need a more appealing ruse than healing, too. Baptism's great and all, but you need special tools for the healing. Good thing butt plugs are cheaper by the dozen...