Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets
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I used to use these when I first started backpacking 20 years ago. They must be effective since NOLS uses them, but they make the water taste like iodine (no surprise). Then my husband and I met another couple while we were backpacking who were using a First Need water filter (there weren't too many others on the market at that time). They kindly let us filter some water for ourselves. That early water filter basically required two people to use because it didn't attach directly to any container (it used the filter made for camper vans). But we were so happy to find a way to get good tasting water that we bought one for ourselves and I have never used these pills since then.
Only advantage over water filters is compact size and minimal weight, but it definitely makes the taste of the water rather unpleasant.
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An iodine based tablet that works on all bacteriologically impure water. One bottle contains 50 tablets and will purify 25 to 50 quarts of water, depending on source of water.
- Appalachian Outdoors
Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets lead the way when it comes to making small quantities of even the most bacteria laden and questionable water suitable to drink.
When drinking water is of questionable quality, use Potable Aqua Germicidal Tablets to make most water bacteriologically suitable for drinking. Confidently trusted by those who have to know - militaries, relief organizations, and campers everywhere. Safe, Drinkable water ... Anytime. Anywhere. Potable Aqua Tablets are a great complement to a microfilter/purifier, adding viral protection and a back-up plan in case your filter fails. Potable Aqua Tablets make complete sense - Its like having a back-up purifier at a fraction of the weight and cost. Whether traveling or hiking, preparing an emergency action kit for your home or recovering from a natural disaster, trust Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets to make water of questionable quality suitable to drink. Registered with the EPA, these iodine-based germicidal tablets have been trusted by militaries, relief organizations and outdoor enthusiasts since 1971.
Potable Aqua? Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets are intended for emergency disinfection of drinking water. When used as directed, they make most water bacteriologically suitable for drinking. Used worldwide by campers, hikers, militaries, emergency organizations and anyone needing to drink water of questionable bacteriological quality. Potable Aqua? is for use only when drinking water is suspected or known to be bacteriologically substandard. Not to be used on a continuous basis. For short term or limited emergency use only.
- Ramsey Outdoor