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Water purifiers are the safest choice for camping or backpacking when water is obtained from lakes, ponds or streams. They work via a two-part purification system. Water first goes through a microfilter to remove larger organisms. The water then passes through an iodine resin system to eliminate smaller organisms. Water purifiers provide the highest level of safety, eliminating all types of organisms (including viruses, bacteria and Giardia as small as .004 microns).