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(Trooper) - F
Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/12/2009 10:22:01 MDT Print View

I'm new to BPL, but have seen many references to Aquamira. Aquamira isn't widely sold where I live, but Katadyn's Micropur are everywhere. Is there any difference between the two besides brand name?

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/12/2009 10:55:05 MDT Print View

Nope. [edit: assuming you are asking about respective tablets]

Vitacost.com $8.95 for 30 tablets, plus $5 for shipping.

Edited by greg23 on 10/12/2009 12:39:04 MDT.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/12/2009 11:50:54 MDT Print View

aqua mira and Katadyn's Micropur tablets are pretty much the same thing: same active ingredients, same instructions for use. Aqua Mira is also available in a liquid form. While a bit more hassle... the instructions seem to suggest that it is faster acting that the tablets.

--Mark

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(Trooper) - F
Re: Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/12/2009 13:17:38 MDT Print View

I have only used the filters and have survived, but nearly all the water was boiled because it rehydrated food or made hot drinks. Is it overkill to use a ceramic pump filter AND the Chlorine tablets or UV treatment?

jason grosser
(turbolover) - F

Locale: ventura california
love chlorine dioxide on 10/12/2009 13:28:01 MDT Print View

In the research i have done imho. Chlorine dioxide tablets are the way to go. I have used them in streams that have cow pattys in and all around the water though the water was clear and had no problems. A little pool water taste but if you let the treated water air out ie during the night the taste goes away completely. In the sierras i add some vitamin c after 20 min. and it is real nice. thanks. jason

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: Re: Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/12/2009 13:57:44 MDT Print View

"Is it overkill to use a ceramic pump filter AND the Chlorine tablets or UV treatment?"

In a word, No. The ceramic filters won't remove viruses. Most any chlorine, or the steripen will kill the viruses. If you use a miniworks, the carbon section of the filter will remove the chlorine taste if you treat with chlorine, let it kill the viruses, then filter.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/12/2009 14:13:16 MDT Print View

The active ingredient here is Oxygen not chlorine. From the Aquamira website -

"The unique formula [chlorine dioxide] works by releasing nascent oxygen, a highly active form of oxygen, which is a strong oxidant and a powerful germicidal agent."

If you are relying on chlorine for effectiveness this is the wrong product.

Edited by greg23 on 10/12/2009 14:23:32 MDT.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/12/2009 15:18:48 MDT Print View

> Is it overkill to use a ceramic pump filter AND the Chlorine tablets or UV treatment

Depends on water quality and what sort of ceramic pump. If you have a purifier filter which removes virus then chemical or UV treatment would be overkill. If the water conditions are reasonably good (clear) UV or chemical is great and adding the filter will be overkill. If you are somewhere with cloudy / nasty tasting water then the combination isn't a bad idea... the filter makes the water more palatable and filters out the big organisms and the chemical/UV kills the virus that most filters can't eliminate which is really important when you are place where things like hepatitis are common in the water supply (typically not an issue in the US).

Answering my own question from a previous thread about liquid -vs- solid Chlorine Dioxide. Treatment is equal at similar concentration levels. The liquid explains what water conditions required what time, the solid lists only the worse case. In other words, not speed difference.

Doh! I wish I didn't order another set of drops. The tablets are more convenient.

--Mark

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
Re: Re: Chlorine Dioxide Tablets on 10/13/2009 18:17:33 MDT Print View

I have only used the filters and have survived, but nearly all the water was boiled because it rehydrated food or made hot drinks.
If you're going to boil the water, then there's no real need for filtering unless there's a lot of "floaties" in the water. Boiling is probably the most effective of the "big four" water treatment types (boil, filter, chemically treat, UV light).

Is it overkill to use a ceramic pump filter AND the Chlorine tablets or UV treatment?
Depends on where you go. In the US, typically that would be overkill. Overseas, filtering + chemical treatment or UV would not be overkill at all.

In the US in many wilderness areas, particularly in the west, the water is often safe to drink untreated, but many people treat just to be safe. I've been drinking untreated water since the 60's. No illnesses. Ever.