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Drinkable Water

What is you opinion about making water drinkable?
For 30 years , I used Micropur(Katadyn) in my car's tank without any problem .
I used to re-fill my tank anywhere in africa (gas-station,camping,...)
But , some people told me that Micropur can only be used to KEEP water drinkable and that I have to used products with "chlore" to make water drinkable.
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The last 35 years I have used Iodine - 3 drops (5%) per litre - newer failed!
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What is you opinion about making water drinkable?
For 30 years , I used Micropur(Katadyn) in my car's tank without any problem .
I used to re-fill my tank anywhere in africa (gas-station,camping,...)
But , some people told me that Micropur can only be used to KEEP water drinkable and that I have to used products with "chlore" to make water drinkable.
Thanks for your replies.
RR.
I think they mixed up things.
There excists two (actually three) types of Micropur.
  • Forte, disinfect water, tanks and water mains and preserve drinking water for up to six months
  • Classic, preserves water and prevents recontamination for a period of six months.
The silverbased Classic can be found easily from other brands too, think campingstores, caravaning, mobilehomes, yachting, etc.
Others use chlorine/chloride/chlore (?) to clean their water containers (flush plentyfull afterwards) and preserve their water with a few drops of chlorine. I can imagine it disinfects too but don't think it's healthy when used in to big quantities for a to long period.
Which brings us to the third type of Micropur.
  • Antichlorine, Removes the taste of chlorine in water
Found a Link and an other one

On the other side, if you used the Classic for 30years, it put things in perspective about water quality in Africa ! (and the thoughness of ones body).

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Hello,

another solution for preparing drinkable water without chemics
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SODIS, Solar Water Disinfection, improves the microbiological quality of drinking water, using solar UV-A radiation and temperature to inactivate pathogens causing diarrhoea.


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Wow, this is the most simple version of this 'system' I've ever seen.
Nice found.

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Thanks a lot ,
I think , for my next trip, I'll use Micropur Forte (may be with antichlorine to remove the chlorine's bad taste).

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Many people don't like Iodine because of potential adverse affects. I use Chlorine-based purifiers. So my water tastes a bit like a swimming pool.......! I can live with that.

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Seagull iv

I installed one of these in my truck a few years back and despite filling in some very dodgy places I've never had a hint of the runs let alone anything worse. First rate product.

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I found this one quite usefull. Compact, easy to use, and durable. Used it diligently and never had the runs.

MIOX : Products : MSR MIOX Purifier Pen

It's a bit pricy to be honest. But worth the money if you ask me.
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I found this one quite usefull. Compact, easy to use, and durable. Used it diligently and never had the runs.

MIOX : Products : MSR MIOX Purifier Pen

It's a bit pricy to be honest. But worth the money if you ask me.
It seems interesting but not very usable for me : I have a 60 liters tank which is under my LR's aisle.

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Just drink the water. It is usually not as bad. Never had problems in last 3 years. Just dare. Nouakchott, Bamako, Conakry all have good drinking water. Look at it, sniff at it, if really u think it's rotton don't use it, buy a bottle. Really washing hands is more important.
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