Here’s the thing, you will need water to survive. Period. That is why we reviewed the many recommendations in our prepper community to come up with these 3 best water filter for preppers that we think will stand up to any survival situation that is thrown at it.
In fact, you won’t last more than three days without water according to most survival experts.
So it’s prudent for any prepper to have some sort of water filteration plan in place when SHTF.
3 of the Best Water Filter for Preppers
1) LifeStraw Survival Water Filter
The LifeStraw doesn’t look like much. It’s a very lightweight tube with a lanyard on it so you can wear it around your neck. That’s exactly why I put it number one in my list – because it’s a very lightweight tube that you wear around your neck. Available from many retailers, including Brownells, it’s way more portable than the various Berkey systems or the LifeStraw Family from the same company. It’s even lighter than the Sawyer Mini and even more simple than the NDur straw. You just slip off the caps, and drink from whatever source of water you come across. Like the other filters, it removes more than 99% of bacteria and protozoa and will process up to 264 gallons. It won’t filter out heavy metals or chemicals.
Once you are finished drinking, you merely blow through the LifeStraw to flush out the remaining water and help restore the flow rate to almost like new.
I put the LifeStraw at the top of this list because of its extreme portability, relatively low cost, and ease of use.
2) Berkey Survival Water Filter
Perhaps no other name in water filtration is as recognized Berkey. People have been relying on ceramic filters since Henry Doulton developed them in the first half of the 19th Century for Queen Victoria in London. Berkeys are available in all kinds of sizes, from one designed to provide daily clean water for up to three people, to units that can supply up to 150 people per day.
These gravity-fed ceramic filter systems are so efficient, that the test suggested by the manufacturer to check your Berkey for proper function is itself mind-blowing. If your Berkey can remove liquid food coloring from a batch of water, it’s good to go. Like other high-quality filters, Berkey removes more than 99% of bacteria, protozoa and viruses, as well chemicals and other contaminants. The filter elements do eventually clog, but you can get replacement elements, both regular ceramic, and Black Berkey elements that last even longer. The Berkey and the replacement elements can be a bit pricey, but the performance is worth it.
3) Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
The Sawyer Mini is small – only about two ounces – but it’s a powerhouse. It can filter up to 100,000 gallons. It comes with a drinking pouch, and a straw. Or you can just drink right through the filter itself like a straw. It wipes out bacteria and protozoa and other microscopic nasties, but won’t filter out heavy metals or chemicals. It can also be backwashed with clean water to restore its flow rate when it starts to get clogged.
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