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MSR SweetWater Drops
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Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

MSR SweetWater Drops on 07/26/2009 14:19:13 MDT Print View

What's the deal with MSR's SweetWater 'purifier solution'? It seems to be a chlorine solution that doesn't taste bad and makes your water safe....kinda like AquaMira but without the 5 minute wait. What am I missing? If I use relatively clear (low turbidity) water can I just use this and have it all?


Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Drops are for Viruses on 07/26/2009 17:36:30 MDT Print View

Nope, I believe, it only kills viruses, and is meant to use, with the sweetwater filter, or any other filter that doesn't kill viruses.
I believe most filters are adequate for Americas wilderness areas, without using anything else, like Chlorine Dioxide?


Edited by mfog1 on 07/26/2009 17:44:12 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

SweetWater on 07/26/2009 17:52:48 MDT Print View

I realize it's meant to be used as part of the larger kit, but what does stuff like AquaMira do that this doesn't? What is in the water? Viruses, bacteria and cysts? And this only kills viruses? But AquaMira kills bacteria too? Or what's the scoop?

Troy Ammons
(tammons) - F - MLife
MSR SweetWater Drops on 07/26/2009 18:54:34 MDT Print View

Depends on where you get your water as to how bad it is, but there can be all sorts of nasty critters in surface water. My grandmother had amebas for a while in the 40s or 50s and it caused her some serious problems.

While a stream close to a spring head may look okay, you might not realize a dead animal upstream that could cause serious problems. Also streams can go back underground, so what you think might be clean spring water, might have actually been running on the surface.

The idea is to filter out all the big stuff, IE amebas, protazoa, parasitic worm eggs, Giardia and other nasty cysts etc, and use chlorine to kill the viruses and bacteria.

I use MSR drops and have not had any problems. I give it 10 minutes.

If I am not wrong Iodine, pretty much kills it all.

Probably the most foolproof is boiling water.

Add distilling.

Edited by tammons on 07/26/2009 19:28:20 MDT.

(snowlover) - F
More or less functional like the household bleach :) on 07/26/2009 21:45:30 MDT Print View

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