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Old 09-09-2019, 09:02 AM   #1
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Few things are as personal as what you put up to your lips and drink into your body. You want to know what you are consuming is safe, reliable, and will hydrate your body to climb that next mountain or sustain you through an afternoon stroll. These facts are the driving force behind one of the most exhaustive tests of popular survival and backpacking water filters sold in the United States.

Did you know that there is no regulatory body that monitors water filter companies and their marketing practices? Consumers can read the claims and data that companies publish, but there’s no independent resource to filter out the legitimate from the hyperbole.

Among a mostly honest field of products, Wideners’ testing shines light on an industry tainted by a few bad players boasting exaggerated marketing claims, seemingly identical products sold under different brand names, and a wave of other shady practices.
https://www.wideners.com/blog/water-...-for-survival/
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Good post Sanders bookmarked to study later on.

Check this water out in France holy sheeeet.

Killer slime that can ‘kill you in seconds’ taking over France’s beaches

France’s beaches have been inundated by lethal slime with what experts say has the potential to kill sunbathers within seconds.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/france...killer-seconds

Few years back a county just a bit west of Orlando. Woman sends her home tap water in for testing just for the hell of it. Results?
Do NOT drink that water. Uh oh.
Has her neighbor friend send hers in for backup. Same thing NO.
County was getting the water from their canal system and apparently not purifying it enough. The SHTF and they cleaned it up I guess?
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That thought never crossed my mind when I bought and used my camping filter. I guess I bough a good one by accident.

I have a Sawyer filter and it removes anything above 0. 1 micron in size. It will remove everything but viruses. Where I camp the main concern is Gardia and other parasites which are larger than .1 micron. So it should be effective enough.

Sawyer filters are tested by an independent labratory:

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All of the three Mini Filters tested showed a 6 fold or greater reduction of the test organisms, indicating the filters successfully remove the organisms from the challenge water. If the surrogate organisms, M. luteus and B. subtilis, were held to the USEPA standard for Giardia and Cryptosporidium, respectively, then only a 3 log reduction would be required. Thus, the filter would have met the USEPA standard for both bacteria and protozoans. These tests show that the Sawyer Mini filter meets the USEPA standard for bacterial removal.
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After running your water through the filter of your choice then bring the water up to a good boil and put a few drops of bleach in.
That should pretty much make deceased any bad guys.
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When I was a kid, we'd drink from the high mountain streams in Colorado. Now there are beavers everywhere. I'd even feel like I was taking a risk if I drank from one up above the beaver habitat. Don't know how those bugs can travel upstream, and I don't want to find out if they do.
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