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Water treatment products are in high demand for outdoor enthusiasts, international travelers, relief groups, and preparedness minded individuals.

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Water Treatment--Why treat water?

Don't come home with 'beaver fever' or suffer 'Montezuma's revenge.' Everyone needs to be concerned about safe drinking water when traveling in the backcountry or foreign countries.  Portable treatment can purify most water contamination situations.

Good drinking water is clear, colorless, odorless, and has a pleasant taste. It must be free of pathogens indicating the presence of contamination. Drinking water is not pure water. It should contain minerals and salts vital to our organisms

The most common health risk on trips is the infection by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and protozoans contained in drinking water. The primary source of contamination is human or animal excrements that have entered the water along different paths.

You never know what's in the water. It makes sense to always protect yourself with a quality water system. A pristine stream may be safe one day and contaminated the next. It all depends upon what's happening upstream. Microorganisms generally come from human and animal waste and are spread by rain and run-off. The EPA reports that 90% of the world's fresh water supply is contaminated.

"We highly recommend treating water from every source in the backcountry. You don't know what's upstream - not just people but animals - and you can get infected."

Center for Disease Control and Prevention,

U.S. Government

We feature Katadyn water treatment products. Katadyn provides you with a water system for every need – including traveling, camping, backpacking, sailing, paddling, fishing, biking, etc 

About Katadyn
Katadyn of Switzerland has been producing high quality portable water systems since 1928. Their history has been one of innovation and durability. Katadyn products are used by militaries, health organizations and outdoor adventurers world-wide. No other water system provides higher quality or longer lasting performance. Katadyn is the global leader in portable water treatment. With subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, and Singapore; Katadyn develops, produces and distributes high quality products which are used whenever safe drinking water isn't available--for travel, camping and humanitarian operations.


Suspended solids are components in water that provide micro-organisms with nourishment and promote their growth. Though normally harmless, they may prevent effective water sanitizing. Turbid water must be filtered before treatment.

Water filters remove parasites and bacteria, plus larger viruses. They remove most of the particles that cause turbidity. Many filters do not remove chemical contamination and those that do only remove a limited range of chemical contaminants. Water filters are a convenient and fast field water treatment system. We feature Katadyn's unique products to provide safety and convenience for outdoor adventurers.


Bacteria and protozoans are the most common micro-organisms found in drinking water. To remove the most common bacteria from water, a microfilter with a pore size no larger than 0.3 microns is required. Possible filtration media include ceramics, glass fibers and plastics.

Protozoans such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium are much larger (1 to 15 microns) and can be retained by microfilters with pore sizes up to 1 micron.

Microfilters are capable of mechanically retaining bacteria and protozoans, whereas chemical processes destroy the germs but do not remove them from the water.

In mechanical filtration using a microfilter, the water always passes directly through the filter. The particles are retained by the filter surface. The advantage of ceramic filters is that they can be cleaned and re-used several times. The flexibility of glass fibers allows the entire filter structure to be folded, creating an extremely large surface area in a small space. Glass fiber filters therefore have a very high contaminant absorption capacity.

Safety first: Clean drinking water can be produced from any stream or fountain using a water filter bottle.


Organic and inorganic substances that enter water, air and soil are increasingly polluting our environment. Natural water sources always contain safe organic and inorganic substances. Humic acid, for example, is a soil component that produces a brownish water color when washed out of the soil. Harmful substances such as herbicides and pesticides typically occur in water only in very small quantities. They are only removed when the safety limits are exceeded in order to prevent health problems.

All of these water pollutants can be removed by filtration using activated carbon. In this process, the substances to be removed come into contact with the activated carbon, whose surfaces absorb them. Activated carbon is available in the form of loose pellets or compressed blocks. Carbon blocks have a much denser structure than carbon pellets and therefore offer a longer contact path for adsorbing chemical contaminants. The surface of the activated carbon will reach its saturation limit more or less quickly as a function of the contaminant loading of the water.

Distilled water is recognized as the water treatment process that removes the widest range of drinking water contaminants. However, it is impractical to carry a distiller while traveling. The definition of “Portable” is a counter top model that will weigh around 25 pounds. Home made distillers may be better than nothing for survival, but they are very low production and subject to contamination in the process.

If you travel internationally, participate with relief groups, or want to prepare for emergencies, you must have a reliable source of pure water. Katadyn's water filters give you safety, convenience and long lasting performance.

Travel tip: Even in good hotels in tropical and subtropical countries, one should never drink the tap water.

Travel tip: Always filter and/or sanitize water you take from rivers, streams, lakes, springs, wells and cisterns.