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Water Purification isn't new
Water has it's own nifty water purification system built right in. The water cycle has been doing it's thing since the beginning, recycling water through the process of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation to purify and cleanse every drop we use.
Surprisingly though, citizens of earth have been purifying and clarifying their drinking water for a really long time. Medieval times, ancient Indian civilizations, and Hippocrates (among others) all have records of water purification systems being used to filter water for purity and taste. (source)
Why Water needs Filtration
Simply put, there are contaminants in our water supply that we don't want to ingest. Pharmaceuticals in trace amounts may be found in our water and we have no idea what effect that may have on us (and especially our children) in the long run. (source) Fluoride isn't for drinking, so we definitely want to filter that out. Not to mention, our tap water tastes pretty much exactly like a chlorinated pond.
4 Basic Reasons to Filter Your Water:
Sediments, Contaminants, Parasites, and Taste.
Water Filtration for Everyday Use
When I found out residual pharmaceuticals were popping up in water supplies, that was the final straw for finding a water filter for our family. I had also been vaguely concerned about fluoride in our local water supply, but after looking up the details on fluoride it lit a fire under my behind! I found out that a water filter could help remove the heavy metals, residual pharmaceuticals, and fluoride from our drinking water, and provide purer water for my family and I. The best water filtration system for our family is the Berkey Water Filtration System. We like the Travel Berkey, as we can pack it up and take it camping with us. If you are planning on using your water filter at home for more than a couple of people for all cooking and drinking needs, I recommend the Big Berkey. While the Travel Berkey can work, having the larger capacity for mealtimes would make life just a bit easier.
We chose the Berkey Water filtration system over all the others for a few good reasons:
Drawbacks to choosing the Berkey filter system:
Water Filtration for Hiking
Hiking and Backpacking have recently come into my life, and I was so curious how people could hike for weeks, months, or even a few days and still have plenty of water to drink! The answer is--they filter their water as they go--and it is unbelievably affordable and efficient. There are several portable water filtration systems that many prefer, but the most widely available, affordable, and lightweight options are the Sawyer Squeeze ($30~), and the Sawyer Mini ($20~). Both provide thousands of gallons of filtration in a simple handheld device that attaches easily to a water bottle. It is the single item in my house that gives me the most confidence about emergency water filtration for hiking and beyond.
Reasons to Go with a Sawyer Mini (or Squeeze):
Drawbacks to a Sawyer water filter:
emergency preparedness and water filtration
We aren't "preppers" in the way that we have a bunker and our own underground grocery store... but it is on our minds that there may be a natural or unnatural disaster that may cause us to need an emergency supply of water and food. Have you ever had a day when the water main breaks and you don't have access to clean water? It really highlights how unprepared you may be in a SHTF type of situation. We have a combination of methods that give us a little security about having clean water should some disaster transpire.
DIY Water Filter
If you find yourself in a Swiss Family Robinson situation, you may want to know how to construct your own water filtration system from things found in nature. This video is a very basic attempt to share that idea, so that we're not roaming around the palm trees with no idea of our next steps. I'm not going to use this filter unless I'm in a situation where there's no other choice, but it's always good to know the basics.
The items you are going to need are:
Take a moment today to assess your water filtration needs. Choose a water filter that's right for your budget before the month is over. Set a deadline to get your water purification house in order. Then pin your favorite graphic from this post on Pinterest!
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