You can filter it, zap it, or mix it with chemicals. Each method has its pros and cons. Where do you stand?

Choosing your water treatment method is all about trade-offs. Factors to consider include weight, speed, foolproofness, taste, and ease of use. We've all got our favorite method...what's yours?

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