I’m confident that most of you who read my blog understand the need for water filters. Whether you are a backpacker or hiker or are preparing for a large scale event when our water supply will be interrupted, you get it. If you have spent any significant time away from ‘civilization’ where you only have what you brought with you to sustain you, you also get it. Maybe you have experienced a natural disaster when your culinary water supply has been interrupted or your city’s water supply has been contaminated. If any of these situations apply to you, and if you have ever been thirsty (which truly applies to everyone), you had better not take a source of clean water for granted. This can be tough for many of those who rarely ever leave the comforts of their community to venture out into the wilderness.
Do you leave the tap water running while brushing your teeth? Do you use more water pressure and volume than you really need in the shower? Do you turn off your sprinkler system when it has rained outside so that you don’t over water your lawn? Do you collect rain water from your roof to apply to your garden at a later date? If you don’t do any of these things, or are not conscious about your daily water usage, chances are that you don’t truly appreciate the enormously important role of clean water in your life.
If you don’t appreciate how easy it has become to obtain clean drinkable water that won’t make you sick then you probably don’t genuinely understand how important and even critical a role water filters can and will play for you and your family.
LifeStraw understands how important these topics are as they continuously help families and children in developing countries to have clean water. Many reputable water filtration businesses do the same. These are the kinds of businesses I prefer to give my business to.
There are many different types and kinds of filtration products available. Many of which are excellent. Others, not so much. Most of which are different and excel at doing specific tasks better than others. In this article I am focusing on the LifeStraw family of products as they fill particular gaps in our families water filtration needs.
The LifeStraw itself is likely the most simple water filter available. They pioneered this technology decades ago and have proven themselves around the world. For the cost, weight and size of the LifeStraw there is no reason for you not to have one in each of your EDC or bug-out/get-home bags.