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I have had an MSR Miniworks for several years now and it has served me well on many backpacking trips. They are easy to clean and last a long time. I also like the way the pump threads directly on to your Nalgene bottles or water bag. They are slow though. As someone mentioned, this is not necessarily a bad thing if it means it is doing a better job of filtering out harmful stuff. Just keep in mind that all pumps have their down sides. They are not very practical in below freezing temperatures, for example. I tried to use mine on a winter trek once to filter water from a stream and it just froze up. I like to carry the germicidal tablets, like Potable Aqua, for backup. Boiling is also an option but takes the longest, not to mention uses up fuel. It is also a bad idea at high altitude where it takes much longer to bring water to a good boil. Remember you must boil the water for at least 5 minutes to guarantee that giardia and kryptosprodium cysts are killed. Also, tablets and boiling do not filter out the sediments and organic matter that might be in the water either. This can be remedied by simply allowing the water to sit over night and let all the particles settle to the bottom.

Like fire-starting methods, it is best to have 2 or 3 methods of obtaining safe drinking water given its extreme survival importance.
 
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