For everyday or emergency use — all under $50.
Having enough water in an emergency is the biggest challenge, particularly for us folks living in the West. With no handy rivers or lakes, all our emergency water has to be consciously stored. No matter where you live, of course, you need to store water.
But how clean and how safe are these supplies – every day, and in an emergency?
Bottled water seems to be the standard for daily use. Many people carry their own sports bottle, with due consideration for fashion, color, type of cap, etc. Some sports water bottles have filters to remove chlorine or other tap water taste.
For emergencies, however, we may have to fill bottles from sources other than the tap – and we want more to be filtered out than just some unpleasant taste. We’re looking to get out, in order of size: dirt particles, cysts and protozoa (1-20 microns in size) , bacteria (.1 – 10 microns) and viruses (.005 to 0.1 microns).
Generally, “filters” remove dirt, cysts and bacteria, but viruses are so small they may slip through. Viruses come from human waste; if you feel you need to protect against this contamination, read carefully about the capability of the filter offered in any product you consider.
(In earlier blogs, we talked about purifying water by boiling or using chemical purification tablets. Today, we’re just looking at personal water bottles that have filtering options.)
Five different water bottles, each with a particular feature.
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There are a number of competing bottles at Amazon and elsewhere, many more expensive.
We chose these models, all under $50, because each offers different features: bottle size, type or effectiveness of filter, type of material, etc. Take time to shop, but don’t keep spending money on plain bottled water (flimsy plastic!) or cheap bottles (bad tasting tap water) when you could have better tasting and cleaner water all the time, not to mention an emergency filtration system.
Do you have a favorite bottle with filter? Let us know about it!
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