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Chlorine Dioxide No-Mix Water Treatment Solution Coming to US Outdoor Market

Pre-mixed, one-step chlorine dioxide water treatment / disinfection solution. No mixing and easy to use. Say goodbye to iodine.

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by Ryan Jordan | 2005-11-02 03:00:00-07

Chlorine Dioxide No-Mix Water Treatment Solution Coming to US Outdoor Market

BackpackingLight.com to Launch New Chlorine Dioxide Based Water Treatment Product to US Market

A pre-mixed, stable, ready-to-use chlorine dioxide alternative promises ease of use, outstanding efficacy, and proven legitimacy for nearly a decade in military and expedition environments.

Proven chemistry.

Chlorine dioxide is the active ingredient in Aqua Mira, Pristine, and thousands of public and private water treatment facilities in the US and Europe.

Pre-mixed formulation: no wait time to activate solution.

Unlike existing formulations, the new formulation comes pre-mixed and stabilized, with an opened-bottle shelf life suitable for most expedition length events. Refrigeration extends the open bottle shelf life to about eight months.

The pre-mixed product solves the ease-of-use dilemma that is the primary criticism of other chlorine dioxide kits. Simply uncap the bottle, pour a metered dose into the cap, and empty into your water bottle. Wait times for disinfection are similar to other products, ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.

Formulated for multiple uses.

This formulation is a multi-use product with excellent applications for field first aid treatment and hygiene. Cuts and scrapes can be disinfected directly with KlearWater to minimize the chance for infection. It can be used in its concentrated or lightly diluted form for handwashing/disinfection, mouth rinsing/brushing, and fungal control on the feet and in areas prone to chafing.

Exclusive launch distribution to BackpackingLight.com Premium Members.

The new formulation will be available only to BackpackingLight.com Premium Members during its launch period. It is unknown at this time when BackpackingLight.com will make this product publicly available. "We expect the demand for this product to be outpace supply within our subscriber base," says BackpackingLight.com Publisher Ryan Jordan, "and it's very important to be able to put this product initially in the hands of our Premium Membership first, since they are very passionate about trying new products, and giving us their feedback in a short period of time. Then, we can take that feedback back to the manufacturer and adjust packaging, formulations, and usage guidelines before the product hits the mass market. We'll release our supply to the public after demand from Premium Members has been filled first."

Prepurchase Information.

BackpackingLight.com Premium Members may pre-purchase the new formulation beginning November 9, 2005. The first product is expected to ship around November 20, and will be available in 30 mL metering bottles and 50 mL refill bottles. Both kits will be packaged with assorted dropper bottles to facilitate ease of dispensing and reduce volume and kit weight required to take on short hikes.

A pre-purchase announcement will be sent to all active BackpackingLight.com Premium Members on November 9, 2005.


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"Chlorine Dioxide No-Mix Water Treatment Solution Coming to US Outdoor Market," by Ryan Jordan. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/chlorine_dioxide_clo2_water_treatment.html, 2005-11-02 03:00:00-07.

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Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
new water treatment product on 11/02/2005 09:59:48 MST Print View

How do the shelf lives - opened and unopened - compare to those of Aqua Mira?

Some of my Aqua Mira is approaching 2 years old.


(Anonymous)
details, details, details on 11/02/2005 10:00:05 MST Print View

Just enough details to grab our attention!

How much water will it treat? Do you know how much it will cost?

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Wonder Water Treatment on 11/02/2005 10:37:00 MST Print View

Ryan, are there any disadvantages to the new 1 stage system compared to Aqua Mira ? Or is it a case of retaining all the advantages of the older system plus added convenience?

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Wonder Water Treatment on 11/02/2005 11:23:05 MST Print View

I think there will be much shorter shelf life. Shelf life for aqua mira is about two years, IIRC. Shelf life for KlearWater (guessing that is the name?) is eight months once opened IF refrigerated.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: Wonder Water Treatment on 11/03/2005 23:43:56 MST Print View

Shelf life of the new stuff:

unopened: 1 year-ish, cool, dark storage. probably close to 2 yrs if kept refrigerated.

opened: 3-4 months in a cool, dark place. 8 months if refrigerated.

UV light significantly shortens shelf life.

Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
no mix picture on 11/08/2005 19:42:30 MST Print View

Wasn't the picture suposed to be released today?

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: New Water Treatment Product on 11/08/2005 19:48:35 MST Print View

Yes, pic, price, and pre-purchase will be released later tonite.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Re: New Water Treatment Product on 11/09/2005 02:22:05 MST Print View

great. already ordered one kit. still have a bit of AqM to use up.

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: Re: Re: New Water Treatment Product on 11/09/2005 04:33:40 MST Print View

One question... how does 1mL to treat 1L in 15 mins. compare (in terms of volume) to the 5-8 drops (10-16 drops total) used to treat 1L in 15 mins. with Pristine? Does it works out to the same?

Also, I would think that the only thing the brown glass bottle is doing it keeping out light... no? If that's the case, why wouldn't an opaque plastic bottle work just as well as the brown glass?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Re: Re: New Water Treatment Product on 11/09/2005 08:54:23 MST Print View

Ryan:

I just read the description on Klearwater. Very exciting -- as it eliminates one extra step and some waiting time as compared to Aqua Mira.

Curious about this Swedish product. How long has it been around in Sweden / Europe? Has any European equivalent of our EPA approved its efficacy and safety claims?

Or is this product brand new for both sides of the Atlantic?

Thanks in advance.

Richard Nelridge
(naturephoto1) - M

Locale: Eastern Pennsylvania
New Water Treatment Product on 11/09/2005 09:47:17 MST Print View

Ben,

Go back to the page about the KlearWater and read the letter about the product. It appears that it has been in use in Sweden as its Swedish brand Xinix since at least 1998.

Rich

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: New Water Treatment Product on 11/09/2005 10:02:26 MST Print View

Thanks, Richard. I see it now.

Still wondering though, if this product -- and specifically its safety and efficacy properties -- have been approved by any European health/sanitation/environment authorities (such as their counterparts to our EPA)? Hopefully, Ryan can share this with us.

Edited by ben2world on 11/09/2005 10:03:35 MST.

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: Re: New Water Treatment Product on 11/09/2005 10:46:02 MST Print View

Don't know if it's been approved... but I would be inclined to think that if is HAS been approved by some regulatory body in Europe... the regulatory criteria are probably just as stringent if not more so than the EPA criteria would be. So it's a good question.

Bottom line tho'... it's basically the same thing, chemically speaking, as Aqua Mira and Pristine (right?)... just premixed and somehow stablized. I'm guessing that Aqua Mira / Pristine is more highly concentrated since you mix it yourself... and it only take a few drops to treat 1L as opposed to 1mL to treat 1L.

Mitchell Keil
(mitchellkeil) - F

Locale: Deep in the OC
Klearwater vs Micropur on 11/09/2005 11:12:23 MST Print View

People really love to reinvent the wheel, I see. After reading the accompanying blurb from the "opening night" posting on the site for its "pre-release" to Members, I can only say one thing: The envelope, please... and the winner is Micropur. About the same price, about the same level of treatment (30 quarts)BUT not a water purifier as Micropur is and certainly not as light or stable. So why all the hype?

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Klearwater vs Micropur on 11/09/2005 12:25:20 MST Print View

I've tried Micropur, but I was kind of underwhelmed for two reasons:

1) You have to treat water in increments of 1L -- all of my preferred water containers are odd sized like 730ml or 1.8L.

2) The official instructions call for a 4hr treatment time. (Although I've heard unproven rumors that this is only for worst-case cold, cloudy, putrid water.)

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Klearwater vs Micropur on 11/09/2005 13:02:16 MST Print View

To be fair, both use the same active ingredient... so in cases where the water is very cold, longer treatment times are needed for both. Micropur and Klearwater have no advantage over each other in terms of treatment time.

On the other hand, I can see your point about the tablets. It's awkward to break a tablet to treat a fraction of a liter. I guess it's the same reason why I've always disliked cube sugar -- preferring to spoon my own quantities instead.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Klearwater vs Micropur on 11/09/2005 13:48:23 MST Print View

Mitchell,

Would you mind taking a moment, please, and clarifying your statement, "BUT not a water purifier as Micropur is"? I don't understand it and at this point don't agree with it, but you might be thinking of something I missed or don't understand.

Many thanks,
pj

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Aqua Mira vs. Micropur vs. KlearWater on 11/09/2005 14:13:55 MST Print View

This is not an official position and represents only my opinion.

Any of these three products are effective against cysts if you let them sit for four hours, as is the EPA-registered claim for Micropur vs. Crypto. They all have the same chemicals.

AM and KW act faster than Micropur against bacteria and viruses, esp. in cold water temperatures (I've verified this in my lab) because Micropur is limited by the dissolution rate of the tablet.

The data I've collected and seen from third parties indicates that the water is drinkable within 1-3 minutes with AM and KW if you're not worried about cysts. Not the case with Micropur tablets. You better follow those directions to the T.

Compare these products based on their usability criteria, they all have their advantages. I carry two Micropur tabs in my emergency kit. They are pretty light. Fine in a survival situation though, but for me, relatively inconvenient, slow to dissolve in cold water, and difficult to dose if your water volumes are <> 1L. But they have their place, and they are a good product. Incidentally, BPL will be stocking them soon. I think it's important that folks have options and the tablets certainly fill a niche.

Edited by ryan on 11/09/2005 14:19:59 MST.

Fred Baltimore
(fredbaltimore) - F
micropur on 11/10/2005 17:27:36 MST Print View

The KW appears to be a perfect product with the exception of the glass container. I read that AM can be used to treat wounds on another site. Is this also the case with KW? If chlorine dioxide is good for wounds why don't we see it in stores for that purpose? Are there other uses for the liquid?

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: micropur on 11/10/2005 17:46:19 MST Print View

Fred,

hopefully, you'll get a reply to your questions. I've tried twice in other Threads to get answers to similar questions with no success.

my thoughts are two-fold:
1) i would think that AqM could cause a lot of tissue damage to a wound if the concentration is too strong, perhaps greatly increasing the length of time to heal. so, it must be used in the proper concentration. what is the strongest concentration reasonable for this use? assume here that it would be used immediately after mixing/reacting and diluting in water.

2) what is the half-life of AqM? so, what is the longest period of time after water treated with AqM (or KW) can be used to disinfect (and not merely irrigate, for cleansing purposes) a wound?