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8 Ways to Treat Water

Stay hydrated–and healthy–with a filter or purifier that's right for you.
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Ultralight Treatments
Purify water through modern chemistry. Here are three of our faves.
Product
Chemical
Kills
Pros
Cons
Aquamira Water Treatment Drops $15; 3 oz.;
aquamira.com
(treats 120 liters)
Chlorine dioxide (drops)
Viruses, bacteria, protozoa (including hard-shelled crypto)
Virtually no taste
Fussy two-part treatment; needs four hours to kill crypto (30 minutes kills everything else)
Katadyn Micropur MP1 $10; 1 oz.;
katadyn.com
(treats 20 liters)
Chlorine dioxide
(tablets)
Viruses, bacteria, protozoa (including crypto)
Lightest weight
Needs four hours to kill crypto (30 minutes kills everything else); slight chlorine aftertaste
Potable Aqua Plus $10; 4 oz.; potable- aqua.com
(treats 25 liters)
Iodine
tablets
Viruses, bacteria, all protozoa except crypto
Takes 30 minutes; includes flavor-neutralizers (vitamin C) to eliminate iodine taste
Does not kill crypto

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