So, I just got my first batch of Aquamira tablets in the mail. I was planning on using them as my water purification method on an upcoming 5 day backcountry trip. Up until now I have always used pumps to filter water. Anyway, I was a little surprised to read on the packaging that it takes 4 hours to purify a liter of water. I wasn't expecting that. I thought maybe an hour. So, how do you folks who use these tablets handle the logistics of the 4 hour wait? The obvious answer is to always carry 2 liters of water; one that is being treated and one that is ready to drink.
What about the drops? Do they work any faster?
Also, the precautionary statements on the packaging are pretty scary. How serious are they? Do you have to avoid touching these things when you drop them into your bottle, or do I just need to be careful not to confuse them with tic tacs?