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Aquamira Water Treatment


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Aquamira Water Treatment

Manufacturer: McNett Corp.

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Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Dec 2, 2002 / Dec 2, 2002

Object ID: 9244

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Aquamira® Water Treatment drops treat drinking water using chlorine dioxide, a well established disinfectant which is iodine and chlorine free. The small size, portability and long shelf life of the kit represents a breakthrough in technology allowing this highly effective treatment method to be carried and used by individuals around the globe.

The unique formula works by releasing nascent oxygen, a highly active form of oxygen, which is a strong oxidant and a powerful germicidal agent. Chlorine dioxide has been used by municipal water treatment plants to kill a variety of waterborne pathogens since the late 1940s. Unlike free chlorine (familiar as household bleach) or other halogen chemicals (such as iodine), chlorine dioxide does not create potentially harmful by-products.

Aquamira’s key benefits are clearly evident when compared to the other common portable water treatment chemical: iodine. Most importantly, chlorine dioxide is a significantly stronger oxidant than iodine, with greater pathogen killing power. Unlike iodine, chlorine dioxide does not discolor water, nor does it give water an unpleasant taste. In fact, chlorine dioxide is often used to improve the taste of water by neutralizing unpleasant flavors.

Aquamira is also very useful as a preservative for stored drinking water (as with water stored for earthquake or other disaster preparedness - see FAQ for details).

Currently, chlorine dioxide is used in hundreds of cities across the globe and has proven over the decades to be safe and highly effective. McNett is proud to offer this valuable technological breakthrough to consumers worldwide.


• Treats wilderness stream and lake water

• Treats tap water in foreign countries

• Treats water in storage tanks on recreational vehicles and boats

• Treats drinking water cisterns on farms and remote sites


The kit has a shelf life of four years even if opened and used during that period. Slightly aromatic. Use between 32 F and 100 F. Treats up to 30 gallons.


Mix seven (7) drops of Part A and seven (7) drops of Part B into the mixing cup/cap. Wait five minutes then pour into one quart of water. Shake or stir water. Wait 30 minutes before drinking.


McNett Corporation, 1411 Meador Ave., Bellingham WA 98229-5845 USA

Phone: (360) 671-2227 Fax: (360) 671-4521 Email: sales@mcnett.com


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Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

This stuff replaced my filter. Easy and light weight. I used it in Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, WY where the water is supposed to be undrinkable for humans. I must not be human, because I drank it for a week using Aquamira. It takes thirty minutes for the stuff to work, but how long does it take to filter water?
Posted Dec 2, 2002 7:03 pm

DeanUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I carry this along with me since it is very light but I carry it as a back up to my Pur Pioneer filter (which is no longer made). I still prefer the filter (think security blanket mentality here) as with the Pioneer, my set up and filter and take apart time is generally just a ten minute bump in the road. I often will camel up and drink a whole quart at the time of filtering whereas with the Aqua Mira, I don't always want to wait 30 minutes. However, if my filter breaks down, then out comes the Aquamira to save the day. Anyway, a great new product that is helping to lighten our loads. When I run out of Pioneer filters, I will probably go exclusively to the Aquamira.
Posted Dec 3, 2002 10:24 am

cruzitUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I have to tell you, I was skeptical when my husband first suggested this product. I had some real concerns about the effectiveness of a chemical versus a filter. Boy...have I been proven wrong. We've been using Aqua Mira for a couple of years now without any problems. One of the things I appreciate most about this product is that it removes any lingering bad odors and taste (anyone who says this is not a factor has never had to drink filtered pond scum). I'll never use anything else.
Posted Dec 23, 2002 8:27 am

b.Untitled Review

Voted 5/5

The holy grail of water purification. I have used (and carried) several water filters for miles, and now they help fill my gear room. I used a version called Pristine (from overseas, I think), with a 15 minute wait time, no bad taste or yellow water bladders. I do know someone who got giardia by treating water in his camelback with this stuff, so I suggest treating in a water bottle and transterring to a hydration bag.
Posted Sep 30, 2003 11:37 am

KathyWUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Last year I stopped carrying a filter and started using Aqua Mira to purify my drinking water. It works great and I have no plans on going back to the filter.
Posted Jan 10, 2005 8:40 pm

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