Food Storage 101: Water - Purification Methods

Friday, October 5, 2012
Having some water stored for an emergency is one of the best ways you can be prepared.  But it just isn't practical to be able to store ALL of the water you would need for long-term usage.  So it is a good idea to have some other methods available for providing and purifying water.

One option is to have a water filter.  These can be big, small, simple or very complex.  You'll want to do some research and find out what will work best for your needs.  Ideally, you will want to pick the best quality filter that your budget will allow for - this is not something you really want to skimp too much on.

We have a couple of Seychelle filtration bottles that we use with our 72-hour kits.

http://store.lds.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product3_715839595_10557_21003_-1__196989

The backpacks we use for our 72-hour kits also have water bladders in them, where we can store extra water should we need.  One of the backpacks has a bladder that is internal and not removeable, but the other has a bladder that is removeable and could be carried separately to a water source if needed.

I am hoping to be able to save up some food storage budget money to eventually buy one of these beauties, the LifeSaver water filter bottle:

http://www.lifesaversystems.com/lifesaver-products/lifesaver-bottle

There are also self-hydrating filter packs that are very lightweight and handy for use in backpacks, like the HTI HydroPacks:

http://www.htiwater.com/shop/hydropack.php?&Iit=25&Ict=6

[Folks, there are SO many water filter options out there - I'm not necessarily endorsing any of these, they are just a few that I am familiar with.]

I also keep a couple of redundant back-up filtration/purification methods on hand in our storage as well.

I keep water purification tablets in our 72-hour kits and in our food storage.  You can find these at camping stores, outdoor retailers or in the camping/sporting goods section of your local big box store.  These are some made by Coleman that I found at Walmart:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Potable-Aqua-with-PA-Plus/16609272

And there are also some other options for purifying/filtering water, like boiling, charcoal/sand filtration and treating with chlorine.  Since those require specific instructions, I will cover those in the next water post. 

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