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How Portable Water Filters Can Be Used In Emergency Situations, Or For Survival Purposes

Nov 6, 2007
When you consume water, there are minerals and bacteria that can be harmful to your body in the long term (or even short term), which can be avoided by using a simple water filter. Many people have taken to using a water filter in their homes, but few realize there are portable water filters for taking on camping trips, easily transferring for offices, or other scenarios.

Many people often have trouble deciding which type of water filter is the best, and they are often told to buy the one that is most affordable. There are, however, other things to consider such as the particular application for which the water filter is to be used, as well as who will be using it that will also influence the choice of a water filter.

Some Portable Water Filters Last a Few Days, Others Can Last Years

In the case of the portable water filter, as opposed to a permanently attached water filter, there are two main categories: emergency-use portable water filters, and those that are used for survival purposes. The emergency situation requires using a portable water filter for a short term before normalcy returns (typically within 72 hours). The survival situation is a long term condition that may last for anywhere between a few months to a couple years.

You can choose between many different models of portable water filters, though Katadyn and SweetWater are the most well-known. Katadyn is used by the Red Cross, Peace Corps, the United Nations and the World Health Organization. On the other hand, SweetWater is a new product that is inexpensive and mostly designed to be used by campers as well as outdoor enthusiasts.

The Katadyn Pocket Filter is probably the best available that does not allow harmful bacteria in your body and it eliminates harmful microorganisms. Though this model of portable water filter is pretty expensive (perhaps, the most expensive type of all) in terms of purchase price, when you consider the price per gallon, it is the least expensive. It is ideally suited for survival purposes and may safely be included in a camping emergency kit.

SweetWater is an innovative company and makes high-quality, economical portable water filters, and it tries to set high standards for water filters and purifiers. It can totally purify disease-ridden waterborne bacteria from the water, and helps in guarding against cryptosporidium bacteria as well as giardia.

The WalkAbout portable water filter from SweetWater is a recent addition to its product line, and it is a relatively inexpensive system that has good filtering capabilities, but it can only handle about one hundred gallons before you need to replace the filter. However, this model is great for short term emergencies and regular outdoor usage.
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