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Hi!

I’m seeking some suggestions for, and info on, the best water filtration system that can be used for larger capacity needs (such as in the home during an emergency) but you could also grab and take with you if you had to bug out of there.

Secondly, a smaller, personal water filter. For perhaps each person’s emergency bag.

And, third, which I’m sure narrows the field, I cannot spend a lot of money out of the gate (single mama), or on upkeep - currently. I didn’t see the coronavirus coming, so no time to save up. ;) No laughing matter, however, as I’ve always been prepared and had the correct mindset, but this point in my life just happens to be the worst financially. For a prepper girl - it feels frantic, frustrating, and aggravating! Anyway ........

I’m starting a new thread because I did a search and the threads that came up where a bit old. Perhaps there are new, better products on the market these days?

And —— I know it’s hard to answer the questions I’ve asked, as the preferences in this category seem to be very personal; the answers will be all over the board. That said — I’m hoping to get at least some solid advice under my feet before shopping. Because as it stands now, I’d be shopping totally blind. I could wind up with the absolutely crappiest equipment, or the best, or a combo, just by chance, yk?

Thank you for any information or thoughts you can provide!
Much appreciated,

Rachael :)
 

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Rachael: Are you certain you need a filtration system?

You can generate all the potable water you need for a lifetime for just one $30 investment. Amazon

See: Water Treatment Article

Realize you only need to purify 2 to 3 gallons per day per adult for cooking and drinking. You do not need to purify toilet water or bathing water.
So just one 1 lb. bottle/bag will provide potable water for two adults for 13 years. The $30 investment above will give you four 1 lb. bottles.
On the move? Carry just 1 bottle with you.
 

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Thank you for your responses so far! I am checking out Sawyer now. There definitely is a learning curve to these systems! And I’ll read that article'

I should have mentioned. There is beautiful fast moving forest river that abuts my property (in winter), slower moving in summer but still clear. I need to find out the source. Further up in the mountains with nothing around, I’d assume. But I’d like to be sure.

We also have two ponds, that get preeettyyy mucky and ugly for drinking come end of summer, on property.

I’m sure if I walked around in the forest I’d be able to find more little water sources here & there as well.

Just extra FYI.

Rachael ;)
 

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Keep in mind most filters won't remove viruses.

My MSR miniworks is 20 years old and still going.

Sawyer mini is great for a BOB/portable.

Sawyer purifier is not much bigger, and does viruses

Bleach, soild hypochlorites, iodine.

Stills, both heated and solar.

Transpiration bags in summer

boiling
 

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Thank you for your responses so far! I am checking out Sawyer now. There definitely is a learning curve to these systems! And I'll read that article'

I should have mentioned. There is beautiful fast moving forest river that abuts my property (in winter), slower moving in summer but still clear. I need to find out the source. Further up in the mountains with nothing around, I'd assume. But I'd like to be sure.

We also have two ponds, that get preeettyyy mucky and ugly for drinking come end of summer, on property.

I'm sure if I walked around in the forest I'd be able to find more little water sources here & there as well.

Just extra FYI.

Rachael ;)
Find a spring. Don't trust surface water. Look for seeps coming out of hillsides, dig them out, if flow is constant all year build a spring box.
 

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Rachael: Are you certain you need a filtration system?

You can generate all the potable water you need for a lifetime for just one $30 investment.

See:

Realize you only need to purify 2 to 3 gallons per day per adult for cooking and drinking. You do not need to purify toilet water or bathing water.
So just one 1 lb. bottle/bag will provide potable water for two adults for 13 years. The $30 investment above will give you four 1 lb. bottles.
On the move? Carry just 1 bottle with you.
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For home use it's hard to beat a Berkley, but expensive if it's just going to sit for years unused "just in case".

For a less expensive alternative get some filters like these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085KZKX7...9Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

They can be put in a 2 or 5 gallon bucket and do the same filtration. Just install in the top bucket and have water drain into a bucket below. Put a $4 spigot on the side of the lower bucket.
 

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Thank you for your responses so far! I am checking out Sawyer now. There definitely is a learning curve to these systems! And I'll read that article'

I should have mentioned. There is beautiful fast moving forest river that abuts my property (in winter), slower moving in summer but still clear. I need to find out the source. Further up in the mountains with nothing around, I'd assume. But I'd like to be sure.

We also have two ponds, that get preeettyyy mucky and ugly for drinking come end of summer, on property.

I'm sure if I walked around in the forest I'd be able to find more little water sources here & there as well.

Just extra FYI.

Rachael ;)
Rachel,
Thank you for looking at our products. If you have any technical questions, I am here to help...

Jim
Sawyer Products
 

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There's still the old school method of boiling your water first. On the go if for whatever reason the only water around is pretty bad a combination of boiling and then the Sawyer filter might not be a bad idea. In most cases the filter alone would be fine. You could even use them at home with a rainwater collection system. They're cheap enough at around $30/ea and will filter over 100,000 gallons of water. Keeping a few bottles of bleach at home isn't a bad idea either.
 

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Storing bleach long-term is not an option. Bleach loses it's effectiveness over time. After a year, even in an unopened container, it's basically useless. That's why pool shock is the go-to for preppers.
 

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Storing bleach long-term is not an option. Bleach loses it's effectiveness over time. After a year, even in an unopened container, it's basically useless. That's why pool shock is the go-to for preppers.
I didn't realize that. I knew bleach lost it's effectiveness over time, I just didn't know it was that quickly. How long does it take for the shock to lose it's effectiveness? I worked at a pool store as a teenager, you would think I would know.
 

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I didn't realize that. I knew bleach lost it's effectiveness over time, I just didn't know it was that quickly. How long does it take for the shock to lose it's effectiveness? I worked at a pool store as a teenager, you would think I would know.
Repackaged correctly, pool shock can store for 5-10 years.
 

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While boiling works, it's fuel intensive.

Pasturize water instead.
I was thinking more along the lines of boiling over a fire. I have several of the Sawyer filters which are more than adequate for most water to make it safe to drink. I was just saying if for some reason the only water a person had access to was really bad a combination of boiling and then filtering might not be a bad idea.
 
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