Whether a crisis strikes when you’re at home, on the road or out in the wilderness, you’ll need the right tools and knowledge to secure healthy drinking water.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the best water filtration and purification options for almost any situation.
First, a small note about the technical difference between filtration and purification: for our purposes, the only difference is that purification removes more viruses and smaller dangerous impurities than filtration. Luckily, if you live in the U.S. or Canada, filtration is usually sufficient.
However, it’s always good to be prepared, which is why all of our Alexapure™ water filters meet or exceed EPA standards for purification, removing 99.9999 percent of impurities.
Now, onto your filtration options:
Pros: Convenient, all you have to do is buy it
Cons: No better or safer than tap water, extremely wasteful and expensive
Best for: There are plenty of other better options that are more attainable
Refrigerator, Pitcher or Tap Water Filter
Cons: Not as effective as other options, requires electricity and municipal water supply to work
Best for: Non-emergencies. It’s best to secure another option for your home
Cons: Only filters chlorine, primarily for taste and odor. Bacteria or other contaminants could still be present.
Best for: When your budget won’t allow anything better
Pros: Fool and fail-proof method. If it boils, it’s probably safe
Cons: Time-consuming, equipment and fire-starting skills required
Best for: When all other options are exhausted or when you’re already cooking
Pros: Excellent at removing impurities, great for large volumes of water
Cons: Bulk may not be suitable for some situations. Some gravity filters have slow flow rates and require back-flushing, which are inconvenient
Best for: Use at home or in a stable emergency shelter
Pros: Compact and lightweight, easy to use
Cons: Does not store water, must filter and drink directly from source, low filtration capacity
Best for: Backpacking and fishing trips, short-term survival
Pros: Lightweight (when empty), easy to use, higher filtration capacity than straws
Cons: Lower filtration capacity than gravity filters
Best for: Hiking, car storage, short-term survival
Chemicals (Iodine and Chlorine Dioxide)
Pros: Lightest and most compact, excellent for removing viruses and radioactive elements
Cons: Time-consuming, chemicals have a shelf life, taste is sub-optimal, iodine can be dangerous for children and people with thyroid issues
Best for: International travel, ultra-light backpacking, nuclear catastrophe (iodine)
As you can see, you have many options to choose from. I hope this helps you choose a filtration option best suited to your needs. If you can’t decide, give us a call! We’ll be glad to help.
What’s your favorite filtration option? Let us know in the comments section below!