In addition to stored water, you should have some means of filtering/cleaning water. Your stored water may become contaminated, or you may have to leave your home and not be able to take much of your stored water with you.

We have a water filtration bottle in each of our 72 hr kits. It simply isn’t possible to carry a three day supply of water. You must have another option because you simply can’t survive without water. We carry about a one day supply of water and have these water bottles for the other two days. I felt this was an excellent option for these three day kits. They are easy to carry and easy to use.

These water filtration bottles from THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) cost just $19.99 and can each filter up to 30 gallons of water. They use innovative technology that

*Removes 99.9% Giardia Lamblia and Cryptosporidium cysts and
*Inhibits the growth of bacteria

The filtration matrix is comprised of inert, synthetic polymers, molecular sieves and microspheres that have been specifically configured to trap and retain these organisms while inhibiting the growth of bacteria (a bit technical for me, but I’m sure there are many of you who understood all that!)

Put simply, the result is safe water that is instantly available for drinking without prior disinfection, all in an easy-to-use, lightweight Nalgene bottle. Compared to other filtration bottles I’ve used, this filter is easier to squeeze with a faster flow rate.

Here are a few pictures of some water that I just filtered. I started with clean, safe tap water, added some dirt and then filtered it in the bottle into a clear glass. What do you think? I’d drink it!

 

I also just order this Katadyn Combi Microfilter. We will likely get a second of these within a few months. I chose this filter for a few reasons:

      (1) It works as a siphon/pump and a filter meaning I can use it to pump / filter water directly from any source. I can filter water from a contaminated 55 gallon water barrel, a lake, river or stream, or hidden sources of water in our home like the reservoir tank of our toilet or water heater. There is no need to remove some of the contaminated water to a different container before you filter it.
(2)  I can attach it to any faucet and filter that water. I would still be able to use our tap water even if public water had been contaminated.  We can also use in and RV or on a boat when camping.
(3)  It will filter 13,000 gallons of water. Even at 4 gallons per person per day (4xs the recommendation), this should last our family 1 1/2 years!

What about you? What water filtration/purification options do you use?

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