Portable Water Filter: Katadyn and Other Lightweight Water Filtration Systems


A portable water filter should be a priority when you are preparing for any type of disaster. It’s a good idea to include several of them in your BOB (bug out bag). You can probably last several weeks or more on little to no food, whereas you can only last 4-5 days without water.

When you are trying to survive a complete economic meltdown or other disaster, it’s important that you are able to think clearly. If you are suffering from dehydration, even after a few days your mental capacity is going to be severely affected and that can lead to life altering bad decisions. Take care of your water supply by stocking up on filters.

Just How Safe is Bottled Water

That bottled water you’ve been drinking may not be as safe as you may think, according to a recent study conducted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). They tested bottled water for 170 contaminants and found 38 various contaminants in different bottled water.

Some of the things found were; fertilizer, bacteria, and industrial chemicals, all of which could have been removed with a water filter. The makers of bottled water want you to think their water is so much purer than tap, but really it’s just hit or miss.

Your tap water is regulated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) which required Municipalities to report contaminants. Bottled water is governed by the FDA which has no such requirements so there is no real way of determining if your bottled water is safe. Because of that, a portable water filter is the way to go.

Water Filtration Systems

When it comes to protecting yourself from the contaminants found in many water sources there are a number of water filtration systems to choose from. Aqua Pail offers several different sizes of water filter, and portable water filter systems. They offer a fast continuous water filtration that can purify contaminated water in a matter of minutes.

It’s a great idea to have the Aqua Pail 400 for the go and the 5000 for your home and survival shelter. The 400 will purify 400 gallons of contaminated water, while the other will purify 5000 gallons.

MSR Sweetwater Water Purification System

Made by Sweetwater, this purification system can pump and purify 1 liter of water per minute, great to use in a water storage tank at home or in your survival shelter. You can also use it on the go. It comes with a water bottle attachment so you can purify your bottled water. Katadyn makes a smaller purification system called the Katadyn Hiker Microfilter. Lasting for up to 200 gallons the compact Hiker Microfilter can pump and purify a quart of water per minute or approximately 48 pumps.

Seychelle Filtration Bottles

Seychelle makes a number of portable filtration bottles coming in several different shapes, colors, and sizes. The Seychelle Flip Top Filter Bottle is a 28-ounce environmentally friendly water bottle with an insulator sleeve. Both the 28 and the 24-ounce bottles come with a pull top or flip top and purifies up to 100 gallons of contaminated water.

The Need for a Portable Water Filter

There is no way for you to know when an economic meltdown may occur so it’s important to have portable water filter bottles within easy access. You should have a couple in your BOB (Bug Out Bag), as well as in your backpack. Most people carry around some type of backpack or computer bag so why not have a portable water filtration bottle in your backpack? They’re small enough to stick one in your kid’s backpacks as well. That way, no matter what, you’re going to have the capability to purify at least 100 gallons of water for each person in your family.

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