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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do Aquatabs water purification tablets work?
  2. Do Aquatabs water purification tablets colour the water or leave a taste?
  3. Do Aquatabs water purification tablets meet any sort of certification?
  4. Are Aquatabs water purification tablets made to a certain level of quality?
  5. Are Aquatabs water purification tablets safe to handle?
  6. Are Aquatabs water purification tablets a new product?
  7. What precautions are recommended when using Aquatabs water purification tablets?
  8. How long does it take for Aquatabs water purification tablets to dissolve once placed into water?
  9. How soon can you drink water after treating with Aquatabs water purification tablets?
  10. Can Aquatabs water purification tablets be used in cloudy or extremely dirty water with high levels of sediment and/or organic matter?
  11. Do Aquatabs water purification tablets contain Iodine?
  12. Can Aquatabs water purification tablets be used on a long term basis?
  13. Do Aquatabs water purification tablets have an expiration date or shelf life?
  14. Can Aquatabs water purification tablets be used to wash and/or disinfect fruits and vegetables?
  15. Are Aquatabs water purification tablets effective against the cysts Giardia and Cryptosporidium?

How do Aquatabs water purification tablets work?
Each Aquatabs tablet contains a measured dose of Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate, commonly referred to as NaDCC. When added to water Aquatabs dissolve to release a measured dose of hypochlorous acid (free available chlorine) that is universally recognized as a safe and effective water disinfectant.

Do Aquatabs water purification tablets colour the water or leave a taste?
No, unlike other water purification treatments such as Iodine or Chlorine Dioxide, Aquatabs will not colour the water or leave an unpalatable taste. NaDCC works very differently from traditional chlorine, and as such, it is very difficult to taste any chlorine taste. In fact, there is usually less of a chlorine taste in water treated with Aquatabs than there is in any municipal tap water.

Do Aquatabs water purification tablets meet any sort of certification?
Yes, Aquatabs are one of the few water purification tablets on the market today which are certified to NSF / ANSI 60. It's active ingredient, NaDCC (ACL60 grade) is also US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) apprpoved. Aquatabs also conform to WHO Specification (The New Emergency Health Kit 98), International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement specification (Code: Type 21.1), UNICEF specification (Codes: S 1588350 / S 158355 / S 0003245) and NATO Stock Number (NSN) 6850-99-225-1833).

Are Aquatabs water purification tablets made to a certain level of quality?
Aquatabs are produced to pharmaceutical standards by an ISO 9001/2000 quality-assured company.

Are Aquatabs water purification tablets safe to handle?
Yes, Aquatabs are safe to handle and unlike other water purification treatments such as Iodine or Chlorine Dioxide, do not require gloves or protective eyewear to use. In fact, you can safely dissolve an Aquatabs tablet right in the palm of your hand.

Are Aquatabs water purification tablets a new product?
No, Aquatabs have been around for over 15 years and are the most popular water purification tablet sold in the world. In fact, over one billion tablets were used in 2008 alone. Aquatabs are however relatively new to North America.

What precautions are recommended when using Aquatabs water purification tablets?
The following general precautions are recommended when using Aquatabs. Keep out of reach of children. Do not swallow tablets. If tablets are swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show outside packaging. Wash after handling. Do not mix with other products. Store in a cool, dry place. Aquatabs have not been proven effective against Cryptosporidium. Read product leaflet for important information before first use.

How long does it take for Aquatabs water purification tablets to dissolve once placed into water?
Aquatabs take less than one minute to completely dissolve once placed into water and leave no residue or sediment. Length of time may vary depending on water temperature.

How soon can you drink water after treating with Aquatabs water purification tablets?
In most situations, water treated with Aquatabs is safe to drink after 30 minutes. In some temperatures and conditions, 60 minutes might be recommended. Please see the dosage chart included with each product for more information.

Can Aquatabs water purification tablets be used in cloudy or extremely dirty water with high levels of organic matter and turbidity?
The more sediment and/or organic matter within the water to be treated, the more chances that bacteria, viruses and cysts will be able to “hide” from the chlorine disinfectant. As excessive amounts of disinfectant react with the sediment and/or organic matter, there may not be enough disinfectant to inactivate important contaminants such as bacteria and viruses. All water to be treated with Aquatabs should be clear of turbidity and colour or staining. Generally, filtering suspect water through a t-shirt or coffee filter is more than sufficient.

Do Aquatabs water purification tablets contain Iodine?
No, Aquatabs do not contain Iodine. Iodine of course has been found to cause a number of side affects and health hazards when used as a water purification agent, notably when used by pregnant women and/or when used on a long term basis.

Can Aquatabs water purification tablets be used on a long term basis?
Yes, Aquatabs produce safe levels of free available chlorine suitable for long term use.

Do Aquatabs water purification tablets have an expiration date or shelf life?
Yes, Aquatabs left in their original foil packaging and stored in a cool, dry place have a shelf life of 5 years from the date of manufacturer. Please refer to the expiry date printed on each strip of 10 tablets (MM/DD/YY).

Can Aquatabs water purification tablets be used to wash and/or disinfect fruits and vegetables?
Yes, Aquatabs can be used to make water safe for WASHING fruits, vegetables, spinach and other produce, use Aquatabs for 1 or 20 L. When the desire is to DISINFECT fruits, vegetables, spinach and other produce, a higher dose is required. Please contact Global Hydration for more information.

Are Aquatabs water purification tablets effective against the cysts Giardia and Cryptosporidium?
Aquatabs are effective against Giardia when used as directed but have not been proven effective against Cryptosporidium when this cyst is in the oocyst stage of its life cycle. Cryptosporidium is however not considered to be a common cyst. If Cryptosporidium is suspected, boil the water for 1 to 3 minutes depending on elevation or filter to a level of 1 micron absolute and then treat with Aquatabs to inactivate remaining bacteria and viruses that filtration does not generally remove.

Should you have any other questions about Aquatabs water purification tablets please contact us by email and we will respond within 24 hours. Email info@globalhydration.com .