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4/24/12

Lightweight Water Filter Setup

Here's an ultralight, low cost and fairly versatile filter set up for getting bug-free water. A Platypus bottle and an Aquamira Frontier Pro water filter together weigh only around 3 ounces. Rolled up together and ranger banded up, they make for a very compact package. Combined price is about $27 from Amazon.

Note that the Aquamira Pro is good for removing 99.9% of cryptosporidium and giardia and also improving water taste, but it won't do anything for smaller bacteria and viruses. Purification tablets kill bacteria and viruses within 30 minutes, but they need 4 hours to take care of the bigger bugs that the Aquamira Pro will remove. So, when using this setup with purification tablets, you can be drinking completely safe water within 30 minutes. Depending on the packaging, you can include the purification tablets in the rolled/ranger banded kit.

The clear Platypus bag can also be used for SODIS - set in sunlight for 6 hours and the nasties will be fried by UV rays.

9 comments :

  1. Instead of the Aquamira Pro substitute in a Sawyer All-in-One .01 micron filter. Works much longer but costs about twice as much as the Aquamira.

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    1. Good recommendation - had not seen the Sawyer. Looks like a good alternative to the Aquamira--better filtration and the ability to backwash/clean the filter out.

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  2. Or the Lifestraw for a few bucks more than the Frontier Pro... you'll get about 264 gallons instead of 50.

    http://www.amazon.com/LifeStraw-Personal-Water-Filter/dp/B006QF3TW4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS?ie=UTF8&coliid=I39CCQFPROARF9&colid=22ZVQXGY16D96

    MrApple is right though, the Sawyer All-In-One is .01 and rated at 1 million gallons for twice the cost of these two filters.

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    1. Sawyer has another filter, the Point Zero Two - not as ultralight - but rated at .02 microns, which is small enough to remove viruses - and also rated for 1 million gallons. I'm going to have to spend some cash here, I think...

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    2. The Point Zero Two filter is a great one. I have purchased several for my family and as an aid to some of my neighbors if SHTF. This filter is more for home/base camp use whereas the Sawyer All-in-One comes with the option of use on the go or to be installed on a bucket. The All-in-One does not take out viruses like the Point Zero Two, but is still a great option depending on the water you are pulling from. If needed you could use chlorine or iodine to finish off any critters that the All-in-One doesn't destroy. I personally have several means of water purification in my prepping stores. I employ the All-in-One with two Platypus bags in both mine and my wife's get-home bags always left in the trunks of our automobiles. For our Bug-Out bags, we have stored away a Sawyer Complete 4L Water Purifier System for each bag. If you are looking for details, as well as, pretty decent prices on the Sawyer Water Filter/Purification products check out Moontrail.com. Just so that you know, I do not work there or are connected with them in any manner. I have purchased a fair number of items from them and have always been quite satisfied. Don't forget good clean water; it could mean the difference between life and death. Thanks for reading.

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    3. That's my thinking - a Point Zero Two for basecamp use, and then their smaller Point One filters for mobile use. Sawyer looks like they've turned the water filter market upside down with these - older designs are going to have a very hard time competing!

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  3. Very cool - I already have both of these in my pile, but I never thought to match them up. Thanks for the idea - you rock!

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  4. I thought I was the only one who had ever heard of SODIS. I think that SODIS does not get enough attention in the survivalist community.

    Maybe a post about SODIS to get the work out?

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    1. I agree - it's very under rated. I frequently mention SODIS, but maybe a more in-depth look is in order.

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