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Penning a clean drink.

Ensuring troops are constantly supplied with clean water is the bane of military logisticians worldwide. There has emerged a plethora of backpack, bag and bottle hydration systems, but when these run dry finding even a cup of potable water can be a nightmare to a dehydrating soldier. Hydro-Photon of Blue Hill, Maine has developed a small, portable, handheld water purification wand that uses ultraviolet light to 'sterilise' any clear water for drinking. The Steripen Protector effectively destroys more than 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa in up to one litre of water with each use. It is surprisingly simple to use: the operator selects the water volume by pressing the 'on' button once or twice (depending on quantity), immerses the UV lamp and stirs. A green LED signals the correct dose has been applied and the water is fit for drinking. The Steripen weighs a sleight 103 grams with batteries and can purify one litre of water in 90 seconds. The Steripen is used as an instructional tool at two US Air Force Sere (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) schools and is listed in the US Navy Parachute Riggers manual and the Soasi (State-Of-the-Art Survival Item) programme.

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Title Annotation:Digest
Publication:Armada International
Date:Feb 1, 2009
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