Water Filter – A Survival Prep ‘Must Have’
Water Filter – A Survival Prep ‘Must Have’ by Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
A water filter is a survival prep ‘must have’ and high on the priority list of preps.
We cannot survive long without drinking any water!
In fact, you would likely NOT survive a week without it – they say 3 to 5 days would be it!
Having a water filter will assure safe drinking water extracted from almost any water source. Ever heard of campers diarrhea? A good quality water filter will eliminate that risk. A very uncomfortable experience!
This article was originally published during early 2010, and it’s still completely relevant today! I’m posting it again for the sake of nostalgia and for your information…
MICROORGANISM CONTAMINATION DOES EXIST IN SPARKLING CLEAR WATER
Don’t be fooled, crystal clear water flowing in a sparkling clear stream or lake may look and seem harmless.
But in fact that same clear water may contain dangerous germs and microorganisms including protozoans, bacteria, or viruses!
Giardia lamblia. You may have heard of that nasty little protozoan parasite very common in lakes and streams. If ingested, will rapidly multiply in the small intestines, and I’ll leave it at that… not pleasant!!! The thing is, protozoans are fairly large, 1 – 15 microns, and are easily caught in most all typical consumer grade water filters. So, there’s no excuse not having one!
E-coli or Salmonella: Both are a type of bacteria and may be found in the water of lakes or streams. Bacteria is only about 0.2 – 5 microns in size. Most high quality water filters will catch them. These bacteria may be present one day and gone the next – you never know. It all depends on what’s going on upstream, or perhaps runoff from a recent rain.
Viruses are the most difficult to filter due to their extremely small size, 0.02 to 0.2 microns. When choosing a water filter, check the specifications to discover it’s capabilities.