Water is a basic necessity of life, even more than food. A person can go days without food, but without water, you will not last more than a few days. Okay, that seems pretty much common knowledge, but it is important to understand that having water and having water that you can drink are two separate things entirely.
If you are putting together a kit for your house, whether to bug out for the Zombie Apocalypse or you are like me and live near the coast where we have hurricanes every couple of years, you will want to put time and effort into what you pick for your water supply. The alternative is to end up with Salmonella, Cholera, Botulism, Amoebic Dysentery, Streptococcus, E. Coli, Giardia, Cryptospiridium, Hepatitis A, Poliovirus…. Well, you get the picture.
You need to consider a couple factors when planning for your specific needs:
- How many people will be using this water supply?
- Will you be mobile or do you intend on staying in one place?
- What climate do you live in?
- How long might you be without potable water?
If you have already answered the above questions, then you are on the right track. I always plan for a little Murphyism (Murphy’s Law) to intervene into all of my plans, so by default I am planning to be mobile and planning for more people in case I run across others who will play nice.
I have spent time living in third world countries and the traveler’s advice to only drink bottled water is a great tip, but I cannot carry a month of water with me. This is why I choose filtration.
There are so many options out there and it seems that everyone has their favorite, for one reason or another. Most people think of Activated Carbon filters, but what do you do when the filter is dirty? Replace it. How many filters can one man carry and/or stockpile?
This is why I prefer the Sawyer Water Filtration System. The Sawyer filter uses a hollow fiber membrane that can filter water of bacteria and viruses. Their filtration system is much different than activated carbon filters in that you can simply back wash the filter to clean it when it gets dirty. This allows for extended periods of use. Not only can you clean the filter and drive on, but the filter itself is very small and light.
I have the Sawyer filter system that attached to a bucket, so that you can filter water form the bucket whenever it is needed. Filters like this can be used for months at a time.
Not only do Sawyer Water filtration systems meet EPA standard for clean water, they are extremely cost effective compared to other systems.
Sawyer Water Filters were developed based on Kidney Dialysis filter technology and can filter water to either 0.1 or 0.02 microns. That is smaller than the size of a human blood cell.
So how much water can a Sawyer filter treat? On average, about 300 gallons a day for months on end.
I have used Sawyer Filters while deployed, working as a missionary and out camping. They are the best solution available on the market today as far as I am concerned.
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