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I have a Sawyer Mini water filter as well as the Aquamira water purification drops. I was told that just filtering the water would be enough in most cases.

However, I'm a bit paranoid and while camping and getting water at Harriman State Park in New York I used both the filter and the Aquamira drops. The drops made the water taste like beach and I did just filter a few bottles. They tasted much better and I didn't suffer any ill effects but I don't want to press my luck on future trips.

Is it necessary to do both filtration and purification or can I just filter the water with my Sawyer Mini Filter?


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Depends on your water source. For a natural water source in the USA backcountry then the Sawyer filter should be fine.

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My wife and I have been using Sawyer Squeeze filters, for the last 4 years, in the U.S., as our only form of water filtration; we have not experienced any bug infections.

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I would love to see microscopic results of various water sources before filtering, after filtering and after purifying.

The after filtering vs after purifying would be especially interesting.
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A good filter removes everything but viruses.  Purification, either chemical or mechanical, gets the viruses as well.

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Right now I'm hiking, getting my water in the U.S. Specifically the East Coast..Catskills, Poconos, Harriman State Park and rivers like the Delaware River, Susquehanna, etc. So the Sawyer Mini will do it? Or should I be safe and purify with the Aquamira.

It seems that I was doing it backwards..that I should purify first, then filter. Then maybe the water won't taste like bleach? Just purifying doesn't get out the dirt, grit, etc.


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Where are you drawing water from the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers? You don't want to be downstream from livestock, industry, suburbs, or any other kind of "civilization", that can put things into the water that neither a Sawyer nor a purifier can handle. Fecal matter, pesticides, heavy metals, etc. A key word in my first post to you is "backcountry."

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Well, so far the only place I've taken water and filtered/purified it from was up in Harrison State Park in New York from Pine Meadow Lake. No real industry there but in this part of the country there's always "civilization" unless you head up north.

In the Delaware River it would be up north in the National Recreational Area. I was there earlier this year and kayak camped and brought water. áHave yet to go to the Susquehanna River but am contemplating another kayak trip so it being near Harrisburg I assume I should bring my own water supply.

"Backcountry" in these parts would be the Catskills or Dacks. Poconos...or down in the Blue Ridge I guess.

I'm new at this.. ???


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Chemical "purifying" solely inactivates live disease organisms, bacteria and viruses (and it's some viruses some filters miss), chemicals are close to never a problem that's a household drinking water issue where you're exposed to the same things for months and years on end.

For most water sources in North America viruses are not a hazard so filtration of potentially harmful bacteria and bacterial cysts is what will help.

http://www.cdc.gov/healthy....nt.html
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