Why a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter?
During a time of emergency crisis, the lack of access to safe drinking water contributes to many of diarrheal diseases, particularly affecting the young children and the unprepared. Globally, nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diarrhea kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Drinking contaminated water also leads to reduced personal productive time, with widespread economic effects.
When I was putting together 72-hour bags for our family a few years ago, I had all the bases covered except for drinking water. Since we live in Florida (USA) where access to water is readily available most anywhere within a few miles, I researched for a long time before deciding to purchase several LifeStraw Personal Water Filters to supplement my bulky, countertop carbon/ceramic/UV unit. At $20 each, the LifeStraw has proven to be a good solution for each family member to carry. The LifeStraws are light-weight (only 2 ounces), made of durable food safe plastic, they filter up to 260 gallons (1,000 liters) of water, and they allow everyone to have their own source of safely filtered drinking water. Also, to certify top performance, the manufacture date is stamped onto the bottom of the unit and has a 5-year expiration after the date of manufacture.
Once you draw the entire filter full of water you can easily drink a good deal of water with only a minimal effort. When finished quenching your thirst, you blow out the filter to empty it of water and to back-flush the media. You will find yourself still blowing water out the next day or two, but do not put to much effort attempting to get the last few drops out, as it is almost impossible. I did find that allowing the LifeStraw to sit in the hot Florida sun for a few hours helped the water to condense a bit for easier removal. Another note of advice is to pre-filter your water with a "clean" t-shirt or coffee filter to remover the larger debris to help keep the LifeStraw from being clogged. In short, it is best to not drink straight from the mud puddle.
The LifeStraw units have also been proven effective in preventing water-borne diseases in developing countries for years as they filter out dangerous pathogens like e-coli, giardia, salmonella and cryptosporidium, and make most water from any source safe to drink. They are perfect for survival situations, foreign travel, or even just one-day hiking trips. According to the manufactures website and Wikipedia, Time Magazine gave LifeStraw the "Best Invention of the Year" award in 2005. The LifeStraw manufacture, Vestergaard Frandsen, is a Switzerland-based company specializing in disease control products for developing countries. Their phenomenal LifeStraw product easily makes obtaining safe drinking water at home and outside very affordable to all.
I highly recommend the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter as a great tool for campers, preppers and old-school survivalists to have on hand.
LifeStraw Features & Benefits:
- Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
- Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
- Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
- Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
- Ultralight: weighs only 2oz!
- Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin
- Contains no chemicals (and is BPA-free), uses no batteries, has no moving parts
- Very high flow rate; no after taste (because no iodine or chlorine are used)
- Easy to clean. Can be stored and used periodically without impacting shelf life.
- Very durable
- Used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005
- Award winning & internationally recognized
LifeStraw Removes & Filters:
LifeStraw filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size! This removes virtually all the bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoa (99.9%) from contaminated water, and reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out suspended particles.
Bacteria removed include:
- Escherichia coli
- Vibrio cholerae
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Protozoa removed include:
- Giardia lamblia ("Beaver Fever")
- Cryptosporidium Parvum
- Entamoeba histolytica
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Specifications:
- Length: 9 inches
- Width: 1 inch
- Weight: 2 ounces
- Construction: durable plastic. Does not require replacement parts or batteries, or any chemicals.
- Capacity: filters up to 264 gallons (1000 liters) of water.
- Shelf Life: 5 years when stored at room temperature. (Older product packaging may state shelf life of 3 years, but this was corrected on newer packaging. The actual shelf life is 5 years.)
- Included: Comes with a lanyard, and a cap for the mouth piece and end piece