It’s hard to believe that in an area called the Boundary Waters someone could actually become dehydrated. There is water everywhere yet some paddlers aren’t drinking enough; especially with the heat wave we have been experiencing. The fear of drinking water that is unsafe is what prevents some people from getting the hydration they need. As an outfitter we recommend you bring your water to a boil to kill all bacteria. You can also filter your water and depending upon the size of your filter you can filter out harmful bacteria and large floating particles. I like the Sweetwater Filter that is compact and easy enough for my kids to use. I also like to dip my paddle, cup or Nalgene and drink the water straight from the Boundary Waters.