Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pros and Cons of Your Water Filtration Options

It should come as no surprise that clean, drinkable water is an extremely high priority in any emergency situation. 
 
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:

 

Bottled Water:

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

Pros: Convenient

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

 

Pitcher Filters

Pros: Cheapest

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

 

Boiling

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

 

Gravity-Fed Filters

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

 

Straw Filters

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

 

Bottle Filters

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!
 
 

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