Water Treatment

Treating water is something you'll probably need to do at some point in your bushwalking career. Water from creeks, rivers and even taps is not always safe to drink. Generally speaking, there is no way to tell in advance whether the water you are about to drink is safe or not, which is why travellers and outdoors people are increasingly looking to modern, lightweight water treatment. There a three main types of treatment: chemical treatments like chlorine, mechanical treatment like a water filter and UV treatment as found in SteriPEN products. Like all choices, there are pros and cons to each method. If you’re not sure what method suits your needs best, come in and have a chat with the helpful staff at The Wilderness Shop.


steripen water treatment


steripen pure+

The world’s smallest UV water purifiers! Lightweight and easy to carry in your pack. Features a 5000 treatment lamp powered by USB rechargeable batteries. Perfect for travellers and outdoorspeople.
Lamplife: 5000 activations.
Approximate battery life: 40 x 0.5L treatments (fully charged).
Weight: 76.5g including batteries
$212.95    Available in-store.




steripen classic

The SteriPEN Classic is simple and ultralight purifier that provides safe drinking water with minimum fuss. The SteriPEN Classic uses ultraviolet light to destroy viruses, bacteria and protozoa. There are no chemicals that leave an aftertaste in the water. It's a perfect choice for bushwalking, travelling and camping. The Classic treats up to 4000 litres and uses 4 x AA batteries, with up to 200 treatment per set of batteries.
Weight: 162g including batteries.
$213.95     Available in-store.




Steripen ultra

The SteriPEN Ultra is simple and ultralight purifier that provides safe drinking water with a minimum of fuss. The SteriPEN Ultra uses ultraviolet light to destroy viruses, bacteria and protozoa. There are no chemicals that leave an aftertaste in the water. It's a perfect choice for bushwalking, travelling and camping. The Classic treats up to 4000 litres and uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with up to 100 treatments per set of batteries. Weight: 140g
$294.95    Available in-store.




Steripen quantum rapid uv system

This water treatment system is ideal for treating a large volume of water quickly (40 seconds a litre!). As such, it’s ideal for groups, or any situation where you need a lot of water. The technology works using UV. It also purifies, filters and stores water with the 4-litre reservoir. Treat up to 12,000 litres of water. Operates on 4 x AA batteries (not included). System includes Quantum Ultraviolet Water Purifier, 4-litre Rapid UV Reservoir, 40 micron FitsAllFilter, 1-litre measuring cup.
$198.95    Available in-store.




KATADYN Water treatment


katadyn mini water filter

The Katadyn Mini water filter is the lightest and most compact  water filter on the market. Its small size means it fits in a coat pocket or waistpack. This water filter is ideal for travel, business trips and day hiking. The exclusive silver-impregnated 0.2-micron ceramic filter removes bacteria and protozoa.  Includes a pre-filter and carry bag. Treats up to 7000 litres, depending on the turbidity of the water treated. Flow rate: 0.5 litres per minute.
Weight: 210g
$219.95     Available in-store.




katadyn vario water filter

The Katadyn Vario water filter combines a fast filter rate with real-world, adaptable filtering. There are three filter levels: a  high-performance, 0.3-micron glass fibre filter; a ceramic pre-filter; and active charcoal for eliminating odours. If the water is extremely cloudy, the ceramic pre-filter can be fitted in a moment in order to extend the service life of the glass fibre filter. Treats up to 2400 litres, depending on the turbidity of the water treated. Flow rate: 2 litres per minute.
Weight: 425g
$189.95     Available in-store.




katadyn micropur water treatment tablets

Fast and effective water purification for clear water. Treats bacteria, amoebas and viruses. Essential item for any traveller to avoid contaminated water (e.g. brushing teeth, drinking water). Each tablet treats 1L of water (100 in total). Tablets are a good choice if you want to keep your pack weight down.
Weight: 22g
$39.95    Available in-store.




katadyn hiker pro water filter

The Katadyn Hiker Pro is Katadyn’s best-selling water filter. Thanks to its large filter area, the Katadyn Hiker Pro delivers outstanding pumping performance. It reliably eliminates bacteria, cysts and sediment from water. The filter is very easy to clean on trips, thanks to its cleanable filter protector. The filter protector also appreciably extends the life of the 0.3-micron glass-fibre filter cartridge. Its active carbon filling improves the taste of water and eliminates odours. Flow rate: 1 litre per minute.
Weight: 310g
$179.95     Available in-store.




source Water treatment


source convertube + sawyer filter

The Source Convertube turns any bottle into a hydration system. The Sawyer Mini Filter eliminates 99.99999% of bacteria and protozoa (surpassing EPA recommendations). There are no chemicals involved.
$99.95    Available in-store.




source tube kit and sawyer filter

This Source filtering hydration tube attaches to any Source reservoir so you don’t have to depend on a tap or carried-in water. The Mini Filter eliminates the need for chemicals to make your water safer to drink.
$99.95     Available in-store.




Source widepac + sawyer filter

This complete kit includes a Source Widepac reservoir that comes with a tube with an inline Sawyer Filter. That means you can refill your Source bladder from creeks, lakes and other water sources out in the wilderness and have an easy, no-fuss in-line system that filters the water to make it safer to drink. That way, you can utilise water sources and carry less water in your pack.
$119.95    Available in-store.




LIFE SYSTEMS Water treatment


lifesystems chlorine dioxide liquid

Chlorine Dioxide liquid in this pack treats up to 60 litres of water. Like the tablet form, it kills bacteria, viruses and cysts, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Chlorine dioxide is the safest and most effective form of chemical water disinfection. Unlike chlorine, it leaves very little after-taste.
$24.95    Out of Stock




lifesystems chlorine dioxide tablets

Lifesystems Chlorine Dioxide Tablets are a safe and effective method of disinfecting water. It kills bacteria, viruses and cysts in the water, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Each tablet treats up to one litre of water. Water should be safe to drink for 2 to 3 days.
$32.95     Out of Stock






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