Potable Aqua Tablets are a type of chemical treatment that uses iodine to purify water. One bottle contains 50 tables and can treat 25 quarts of water. Chemical purification does not remove water impurities, but kills the active impurities that can harm you. Since this method does not rely on using a filter, it’s able to kill bacteria, protozoa, and viruses as well, the latter of which are usually too small to be screened out by a filter. After dropping 2 tablets in a quart of water, it takes 30 minutes for the water to be safe to drink. Iodine tablets are known to change the color and taste of water. If this does not sound appealing, PA Plus Tablets can be purchased and used to remove taste and color. While iodine is an effective method of water purification, it is not recommended for long-term use. I usually carry a few in my backpack or bug out bag and an emergency water purifier in case one of my other systems goes out.
- Type: Chemical
- Weight: 3 ounces
- Size: 1 x 0.5 inches
- Effective Against: Bacteria, Protozoa, and Viruses
- Time: 30 minutes