The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
This is an item that should always be kept in you bug out bag or your hiking pack. Once again sent to us by survivalbagsinc.com This small filter was chosen by many Non Government Organizations for use in providing safe drinking water to many 3rd world countries. LifeStraws have been sent to Africa, Pakistan, Haiti, and South America to name a few.
Clean, drinkable water will keep you alive in any emergency situation. I am sure you already know that you won’t last long without water. Without food you can make it for quite some time but not so without water.
It comes in at 2 ounces so it doesn’t take up much room or weight capacity in a day pack. It filters to 0.2 microns through the use of hollow-fiber membranes. They provide plenty of flow until they become clogged, an indication that they are no longer filtering.
You can easily drink directly from a stream or fill your wide mouth drinking container and use it a straw.
How To Use the LifeStraw Water Filter
Filtering your drinking water is fast and simple. With LifeStraw you can drink directly from puddles or streams, or you may find it easier to scoop water with your wide-mouthed water bottle and drink from it using the LifeStraw. When new, the filter membrane is very dry and must be primed before use. Uncap the top and bottom caps and insert the base of the straw into the contaminated water, being careful to keep the mouthpiece dry. Let it sit for 30 seconds to allow water to creep up the membrane, then take 5 quick sucks to get the water flowing. It takes roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter when the membrane is dry.
It will not remove salt from seawater and water thought to contain viruses or human sewage should be treated to kill bacteria first using purafication tablets or something similar.
Features of the Lifestraw
- No after-taste. LifeStraw has no after-taste, since no chlorine, iodine or other chemicals are used.
- No waiting time. You can drink from your LifeStraw right away. There is no need to wait for water to drip or chemicals to act.
- 5-year shelf life: Can be stored and used periodically. The shelf life is not reduced if the LifeStraw is used occasionally and then put back in storage.
- LifeStraw meets or exceeds EPA standards for efficacy. LifeStraw was successfully assessed in laboratory conditions (harsher conditions than what is required by the EPA in terms of turbidity and organic matter), up to 1600 liters (approximately 160% of design life). Independent testing at the University of Arizona showed that LifeStraw exceeds the EPA requirements of LOG 6 reduction for bacteria and LOG 3 reduction for protozoan parasites.
- Bacteria removed include: Escherichia coli (“E. Coli”), Campylobacter, Vibrio cholerae (“Cholera”), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella, Salmonella.
- Protozoa removed include: Giardia lamblia (“Beaver Fever”), Cryptosporidium parvum (“Crypto”), Entamoeba histolytica.
The only downsize is that once the filter is clogged it is done and cannot be cleaned and re-used. During a long term emergency you will need a permanent filter system. It is a great filter for the short term or emergency situation – especially if you need to get out in a hurry. It also a must for backpackers. I keep one in my truck and bug out bag. This one is going to red from ncczert as he won it in a contest. Go pick one up for $19.95 at survivalbagsinc.com