AquaBrick Water Filtration System

The AquaBrick™ Water Filtration System by Sagan™

Having access to clean drinking water and having a system in place to filter contaminated water is an important, if not the most important aspect of prepping. Regardless of how much water you stockpile using a reliable and clean source before the crisis; you have to plan for the eventual depletion of your water source. 

This means you will have to collect and purify a source, a surface water source that may very well be contaminated.  The AquaBrick™ Water Filtration System is ideal for anyone needing a way to eliminate contaminates from water to make it safe to drink in any survival situation or emergency. With aging water pipes and contaminates from the pipes themselves it is important that you have a system in place to filter even your very own tap water.

Remember Flint Michigan and other municipalities. Your tap water can become contaminated at any time for any number of reasons.

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Geigerrig Hydration Engine Bladder

GEIGERRIG Hydration Engine Bladder Review

This Hydration Engine Bladder is much more than just a plastic bag with a drink tube that can only be used for hydration for one person. 

The GEIGERRIG system dramatically expands the uses for you and even others’ access to drinking water. The bladder is BPA FREE and PTHALATE Free.

It has a unique spray system, with an on board pump bulb used to pressurize the system. Use the spray system for an emergency shower, to cool down pets, cool down you, or fill a pet’s water bowl without contaminating the mouth piece.

Use the spray to irrigate wounds on yourself and others and to fill drinking cups or spray directly in the mouth of others from the bladder without anyone or anything touching the mouth piece. The water is under pressure, so no one has to touch the drinking tube to get access to drinking water if you do not want him or her to.

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Sawyer mini vs Lifestraw

Sawyer Mini Water Filter Vs The Lifestraw

While I was Christmas shopping, I came across a new water filter by Sawyer called the Mini. After checking out its specifications and seeing how many different ways it could be used, I had to pick one up. I have been using the Lifestraw for a while now and it goes with me whenever I’m hiking and fishing and I also have one in my bug out bag as well. But after comparing these two filters and seeing all the benefits of the new Sawyer, it looks like I will be replacing the Lifestraw in my bug out bag with the Sawyer.

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Clearly Filtered 38oz Canteen Review

Clearly Filtered 38oz Canteen

Filtered Canteen – 38oz by Clearly Filtered

The Filtered Canteen is certified to remove 99.99 percent of all Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and bacteria along with waterborne cysts. The Filtered Canteen provides the average user with 100 gallons of filtered water, which means it lasts on average for six months. The filter according to the manufacturer also removes all viruses and 99.99 percent of salmonella, E, Coli, lead, mercury, radon 222 and 90 percent of fluoride, so with the Guardian anti-microbial technology you can fill up the Filtered Canteen from any fresh water lake, river or stream without getting sick.

  • The canteen is made from 100% BPA free, non-leaching plastic

The concept cannot be any simpler, simply fill the canteen from a water source put the cap and filter combination back on and drink. The filter does not need to be cleaned and when you notice a water flow reduction, it is time to change the filter (usually after six months of normal use).

The Filtered Canteen will work with any standard canteen cover and cup so make sure you have a quality cover that can be attached to your web belt or pack to disperse the weight. The recommended method for weight reduction in your pack and for body balance is to carry one full canteen attached slightly forward on both the left and right side of your body.

  • Do not place the filter in soapy water, in the dishwasher or use with hot water
  • Do not place the canteen/filter in the freezer 
  • The Filtered Canteen is not for use with saltwater 

Use caution when handling the filter/drinking cap so you do not immerse the part you drink from in contaminated water. Always remove the cap/filter combination and fill the canteen by immersion or pouring from another container into the canteen. Ensure the part you drink from is protected from contamination at all times.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast then you know the importance of safe clean drinking water. There are various ways to filter and purify a surface water source but it requires the use of chemicals and boiling and this is after you have filtered the water. This means you have to carry various supplies and materials with you.

By carrying the Filtered Canteen, you have reduced the number of items you need to pack. The canteens are also ideal for bug-out-bags, and home emergency kits. During some disaster situations, your local municipality may issue a boil order or your water supply may be disrupted because of water line damage. Use the canteen to filter tap water if you have been notified of a water line break or otherwise have reason to suspect the water supply may be contaminated during a crisis.

Carry at least two in your bug-out-bag or survival kit so one is always full. You never know when you will be able to find another water source so always carry enough clean filtered water to see you through the day. If you use two canteens, rotate their use so the life expectancy remains average for both. By having two, you can filter up to 200 gallons of water, which may seem like a lot but in a survival situation, whether at home or in the wild you simply cannot have too much clean drinking water.

It is recommended that anyone going on a day hike even for a few hours carry a Filtered Canteen by Clearly Filtered. A planned day hike expected to last for a few hours can turn into a nightmare of days wandering lost. Having a Filtered canteen with you can mean the difference between surviving and not.

Final Thoughts

I tested the filtered canteen several times over the last week from a creek I have running in the back of my house and I felt fine afterwards. I highly recommend you test any water filter you buy, don’t just put it in your bug out bag and hope it works when you need it. It is better to find out it doesn’t work now when you can get medical attention, than later when you can’t. I actually find myself using it everyday just because it removes 90% of fluoride from my tap water. The filters are replaceable, you just unscrew them from the cap and replace with a new one, pretty simple. I would like to thank Asaiah from Clearly Filtered for providing me with a filtered canteen to test and review. You can see their full line of filters at www.ClearlyFilterd.com.

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

Lifestraw water filter

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LifeStraw is the most advanced personal water filter available today and it even surpasses the EPA’s rigorous filtration guidelines for E. coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium cysts.

LifeStraw removes/filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size.

The LifeStraw removes virtually all bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoa (99.9%) from contaminated water sources and reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out suspended particles.

Bacteria removed includes

  • Escherichia coli,
  • Campylobacter,
  • Vibrio cholerae,
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella

Protozoa removed includes

  • Giardia lamblia (“Beaver Fever”)
  • Cryptosporidium Parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica

Measures 9″ long by 1″ in diameter weight is 2oz

The filter is good for up to 264 gallons (1,000 liters), and the straw is easy to use by placing one end in the suspect water and drawing it (sucking as if you have a straw in your mouth) through the device. There are no moving parts that can fail and no chemicals or the need for batteries.

If a LifeStaw was your only means of obtaining clean drinking water and you consumed the recommended 2-4 quarts/liters daily then you can expect between 250 and 330 days of clean water. There is no better way to ensure your survival than to carry a LifeStraw.

Iodine is a common chemical used to disinfect drinking water. However, consuming iodine treated water is not recommended for anyone with thyroid problems, those that are pregnant or are nursing. With LifeStraw, you can be assured there is no iodine present in the filtration system.

It is a true survival piece of equipment with a five-year shelf life. Make sure yours and each family member’s bug-out-bag has a LifeStaw in it for emergencies.

If you are in a survival situation and on the move, fill your canteen or water bottle and sip through the straw placed in the container as you find your way out of your predicament. No more waiting for purification tablets to work or having to worry about getting a fire started to boil water for purification. You can drink directly from the source as well by placing one end in the water and sucking the water up through the straw.

Have one for every family member in your homes’ emergency kit so when the power goes out, or there is a boil order issued because of suspected contamination, you can safely drink your tap water. Even if your home’s water supply is disrupted, you can find and consume any surface water source nearby if you have the LifeStraw.

Traveler’s disease is a common ailment and it can be extremely serious for those people traveling to countries with less than stellar sanitation records. The ailment is so prevalent in fact that doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics to those traveling to certain countries, to help fight off certain bacterial infections caused by contaminated tap water. Carry one or more of these straws, when traveling so if you have to drink the local water use your LifeStraw so you can be assured it is free of harmful bacteria and protozoa.

The LifeStraw does not filter viruses. If you are travelling to an area where this is concern, you should take additional precautions.

According to water.org, 3.4 million people die each year from drinking contaminated water and currently close to one billion people lack access to clean drinking water (water.org, 2013). You need clean drinking water every day and it does not matter if there is a natural disaster or you are lost in the wilderness you will still need a clean water source.

Never leave on any outdoor adventure without a LifeStraw in your pack. A two-hour day hike can turn into a nightmare of days and nights lost or stranded in the wilderness. Practically speaking because of the weight of water you cannot carry enough for more than a few days let alone a week or longer so this means you have to find a water source in your environment. You can survive for up to three weeks without food but only up to 72-hours without water.

Considerations

This is a personal water filtration device designed for use by one person. If you have to share the device, you must be aware that infectious diseases can be passed from one person to another by sharing devices of this nature unless the mouth area is properly sanitized after each use.

After each use, blow the water back out of the device and give it a good shake before capping each end. This is to prevent contaminated water from settling in the filter.

My Thoughts

Even though the filter is 9″ long I had no problem keeping one with me in my pack, it takes up less room than a water bottle and it is very light. I tested it out on a few different creeks and rivers while fishing and the LifeStraw does what it claims, no Doctor visits for me. I highly recommend you test out any water filtration device that you purchase. You don’t don’t want to find out it doesn’t work when you really need it to. I would like to thank Drew from BUDK.com for providing me with and excellent product to test and review. You can purchase the LIfeStraw at BUDK.com for $19.99

 

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