I have done a ton of research over the past few months about water storage.
(Did you know that, in case of an emergency, you should have a two week supply of water for each member of your family? One gallon per person per day is the general recommendation.)
Okay, so here’s the problem with storing water. There are all these RULES about it. Like, you have to use food grade containers. That’s a no brainer. Things that are number one plastic should be avoided because they’re meant for one time use and then they leach things into your water that you don’t want to be drinking (though it’d be fine for cleaning, flushing toilets, etc.). You should purify your water with a few drops of bleach when you first store it to kill any possible bacteria in it and prevent it from growing. And you shouldn’t store your water right on the cement of your garage or basement, because chemicals are absorbed through the plastic into the water. Rules rules rules. So many to keep track of. And the one that I hate the most? Rotate your water every 6-12 months. SERIOUSLY? We have like 75 gallons in our garage. That is a lot of work. Last time I did it, it took me two days of dumping water, refilling, relabeling the date, etc. A lot of work. A lot of water. I did not enjoy it.
So then I heard that there are filters you can buy, and then you don’t have to rotate nearly as often (like every 10 years if at all). Automatically my ears perked up. And so I researched and researched like crazy. There are SO many options. I read tons of good things about Berkley systems, but those are like $230 if you get a good deal! This is just for an emergency that might never happen. Obviously I want something, but I don’t want to break the bank getting something. And so many of them had filters that only filtered a certain amount of water (like 20 gallons) before needing to be replaced, or some of them expired just with time due to a shelf life. I was really trying to find the best bang for my buck.
And I’m here to report what I ended up getting and all of the reasons WHY in case you’re sick of doing lots of research too, or in case you never even thought of this before but are so happy because now you don’t even have to do ANY research!
I got the Sawyer Point One Emergency Water Filtration Kit.
This is why:
- It NEVER needs a new filter. They guarantee a million gallons. That’s a lot of stinkin’ water. You do have to rinse the filter with clean, filtered water when using really dirty water, but that’s better than buying replacement filters.
- It filters fast, up to 500 gallons per day. Some filters only did like one gallon an hour. I don’t want to have to be waiting around for water to be ready.
- It’s super small and easy to store, and it’s lightweight too (the filter weighs 3oz). The whole box with everything in it is like 6″ x 3″ x 3″. That I can do.
- It only cost $58 and never expires.
- It has awesome reviews from every reviewer I could find online. Five stars across the board.
- The kit contains a variety of adapters:
- There’s a pouch that you can fill with contaminated water, and it has a pop-up cap that you can drink straight from.
- It can screw right into a water bottle or soda bottle and you can drink right from the pop-up cap.
- It can connect to a faucet with an included adapter so you could use it during international travel or during times where you’re told to boil your city water.
- There’s a bucket adapter kit so you could fill one bucket with dirty water and have it filter through to a clean water bucket beneath.
- They use this kit in tons of third world countries where people are constantly dying (every 20 seconds!) due to the lack of access to clean drinking water. People can literally fill buckets from the river, filter it through, and drink it. You can find more information about the company and this outreach program HERE.
- It filters and purifies water, removing sediment, bacteria, protozoa, cysts, and other contaminants. Some only filter and some only purify. This does both.
They also make a Sawyer Point Zero Two Filter that does the same thing, but it filters out viruses as well. That one runs about $129 on Amazon. I decided against it because I’m hoping to avoid using river water in the case of an emergency. Hopefully the water that I have stored will be sufficient.
Have I actually used it yet? No. But I trust user reviews, I like the features, and I loved that it didn’t empty my bank account. If you’re stressing yourself out doing research over a water filter, I hope you can benefit from the hours that I put into it!