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Aquatabs FAQs

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.
What are the ingredients in Aquatabs?
The ingredients in Aquatabs are Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate / NaDCC (Troclosene Sodium) equivalent to 5 mg/L free available chlorine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Adipic Acid, Sodium Carbonate.
Are Aquatabs Gluten Free?
Yes, Aquatabs are gluten free.
Will Aquatabs stain my water bottle?
No, unlike other products, Aquatabs will not stain your water bottle.
Do Aquatabs 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 products like household bleach and produces very little chlorine taste or odour.
Do Aquatabs 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. The active ingredient in Aquatabs, Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC), is also registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for routine treatment of drinking water, meets European Standards for drinking water (EN12931:2000) and World Health Organization (WHO)/The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) specs for drinking water. The packaging and shelf life of Aquatabs has been verified through stability studies performed to the International Conference on Harmonization Guidelines (ICH).
Are Aquatabs made to a certain level of quality?
Aquatabs are manufactured using pharmaceutical grade and food-grade materials and do not contain any industrial-grade material. Aquatabs are manufactured to full pharmaceutical standards in a premise certified to the European Union guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices for medicines. Aquatabs are manufactured by Medentech Ltd., a global expert in tablet disinfection for over 25 years. Headquartered in Wexford, Ireland, Medentech is the world's largest producer of disinfection tablets holding extensive certifications and seals. EPA Reg. No. 71847-4-69470 / EPA Est. No. 71847-IRL-001.
Are Aquatabs safe to handle?
Aquatabs are NOT classified as a dangerous good and use a stable, tablet format that is packed in secure, tamper-evident packaging with no liquids to leak, spill and/or react..
Are Aquatabs a new product?
No, Aquatabs have been around for over 20 years and are the most popular water purification tablet sold in the world with billions being sold each year. Aquatabs are the preferred water purification tablet by major humanitarian aid groups, governments around the globe.
What precautions are recommended when using Aquatabs?
Please see the downloads section found at the bottom of each product page to access the product insert included with each package.
What are the first-aid statements for Aquatabs?
Please see the downloads section found at the bottom of each product page to access the product insert included with each package.
How long does it take for Aquatabs 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?
After 10 minutes of mixing, the water will be ready for use after being left to stand for 30 minutes. Please see the product insert included with each product for more information.
Can Aquatabs be used in cloudy or extremely dirty water with high levels of sediment and/or organic matter?
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.
Do Aquatabs water purification tablets contain Iodine?
No, Aquatabs do not contain Iodine. Iodine 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. Iodine also produces a negative taste and colours the water.
Can Aquatabs be used on a long term basis?
Yes, Aquatabs produce safe levels of free available chlorine suitable for long term use.
Is water treated with Aquatabs safe for use by children and pregnant women?
Is water treated with Aquatabs safe for use by animals?
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). In most cases, Aquatabs purchases here will have at least 4 years of shelf life remaining, often times considerably more.
Can Aquatabs be used to wash and/or disinfect fruits and vegetables?
Yes, Aquatabs can be used to make water safe for washing fruits, vegetables and other produce. Please contact Global Hydration for more information.
Are Aquatabs effective against the cysts Giardia and Cryptosporidium?
When used as directed, Aquatabs are effective against Giardia cysts (in addition to bacteria and viruses) but have not been proven effective against Cryptosporidium. When Cryptosporidium is of concern, please filter the water to 1 micron absolute or finer before treatment with Aquatabs. Please note that most pump or gravity based water filters are effective against cysts and bacteria but are NOT effective against viruses. If there is a chance of viruses in the water being filtered, treat with Aquatabs after filtration. Aquatabs are very effective at inactivating viruses. Please note that chemical purifiers that are effective at inactivating Cryptosporidium often require a 4 hour or greater contact time and will produce what most consider an unpalatable taste and colour.

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