User Review: Aquamira Water Treatment Drops
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: don't remember, price was modest
Convenient, light, fast enough. But how antiseptic is it?
- Almost tasteless
- Color reaction
- Might not be antiseptic
- Two ingredients must stand for 35min before use.
I have used these drops for several years, and I have never gotten sick in the wild. But that does not prove they actually kill germs; I might simply have been lucky.
Knowing that, I'm worried about the absence of any claim by Aquamira that they are effective against germs —bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Before purchasing my second kit, I threw away the packaging from my first purchase. This time, I read the packaging carefully. There you will read no claims of efficacy or warnings of the opposite, only that the product removes odors. The active ingredient, chlorine dioxide, is a powerful oxidising agent and will destroy many chemicals, including those that have a strong odor. That doesn't necessarily mean it will kill harmful life forms.
It takes 30min to work. That's convenient, but why do other products with the same chemistry require 4 hrs? Does the difference in reactivity portend a difference in antiseptic efficiency?
Otherwise, they are convenient to use. Once the 2 ingredients are mixed (a miniature cup is included), it takes 5 min to activate. The mixture turns yellow and gives off a strong chlorine-like smell, which shows you the ingredients you have been using for the past 2 years behave as advertised. Treated water is ready to drink after standing for at least at least 30min.
I have found that allowing the treated water to vent, by placing the cap loosely on the water bottle instead of screwing it tight for example, removes all noticeable chemical taste. Boiling, of course, accomplishes the same thing.
Perhaps because I pack it with medicines, toothpaste, and first aid near the top of my pack, I have never had Aquamira leak in my pack.