Out of all of the crazy ways to die, I bet you have never considered that you might die because you don’t have a source of clean drinking water. Yet that is exactly what might happen if you are ever caught in a disaster without being prepared. It takes a lot of infrastructure to provide clean drinking water to the masses, and when that infrastructure collapses you are going to be left to your own devices to keep yourself alive. It took 5 days to get drinking water to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina hit for Pete’s sake! You need something lightweight, easy to carry, and easy to use. To that end, the best device for an emergency water supply is a survival water bottle. A survival water bottle can be either a water purifier or a water filter. A water purifier filters out particulates, bacteria, and viruses. A water filter filters only the particulates and bacteria. Water purifiers are superior but cost more.
What Is The Best Survival Water Bottle?
1. Lifesaver Bottle 4000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottleis my first choice. It filters out all pathogens without the use of harsh chemicals. It filters all the way down to 15 nanometers (0.015 microns) which is much smaller than the smallest viruses. It produces clean, fresh tasting water even out of stagnant pond water. The replaceable cartridge incorporates Failsafe technology which shuts the system off when the cartridge has expired. The LifeSaver operates by putting contaminated water in the bottom of the bottle and pumping the clean water out the top. You don’t need a second container to hold the water in. The cartridge has a 6000 lite capacity (depending upon how dirty the water is). That is a lot of filtration power. One bottle will provide one person with enough pure drinking water to last about two years. And at a cost of around $165 for the LifeSaver Bottle 6000 the purified water ends up costing less than 3 cents per liter!
Here is a good video on the LifeSaver Survival Water Bottle.
2. My second choice is the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. It is very tough and is the only water filter bottle with a 20 year warranty. It can filter down to 20 nanometers (0.02 microns) which is smaller than the smallest virus, the polio virus (25 nanometers). The Katadyn Pocket operates by pumping water from one hose that is immersed in the contaminated water through another hose into a separate clean container. The Pockets unique silver ceramic cartridge lasts up to 50,000 liters which is 13,000 gallons. The filter is easy to remove and can be cleaned in the field. The Pocket is my second choice because of price…it is about $100 more than the LifeSaver…and because of a small ease of use issue. If these aren’t important issues to you then the Katadyn Pocket should provide you with clean drinking water for almost a lifetime. At less than one cent per liter of water it has a value that is hard to beat.
3. The Katadyn Exstream Water Purifier Bottle is another good choice from Katadyn. The bottle has a three-step process for purifying water. The first step is a carbon pre filter that removes particulates and reduces unpleasant tastes. Next it goes through a cyst filter. Finally the water goes through a cartridge that kills all bacteria and viruses. The bottle operates by squeezing the water and drinking through a bite valve. The bottle holds 21 ounces of water and the cartridge lasts up to 26 gallons, or about 160 bottle refills. The Katadyn Exstream Cyst Water Filter replacement filters are fairly inexpensive and come in a two pack.
A survival water bottle has the ability to save your life in a crisis. One person on Amazon lists even put together a list of survival gear that will fit inside of a Survival Water Bottle Kit!
Remember to always use the cleanest water that is available…the filter will last longer. If you are using outdoor water take your water from the top. If the water is super cloudy you can always filter it with a coffee filter or t-shirt to help make the bottles filter last longer! As long as you have a survival water bottle you will have a way to get clean drinking water…no matter the source.