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falseharmonix 07-22-2011 08:22 PM

Water Purification
 
I've been wondering something for a while. I use a Brita water pitcher at my apartment. Does anyone know just how "pure" a typical Brita filter actually makes your water? Would it be a viable source for purifying drinking water in a SHTF/Rural retreat/hunting/camping/etc situation?

Obviously I don't believe it would do anything against a Nuclear attack, but what about removing disease or chemical agents?

Gus556 07-22-2011 09:13 PM

Brita - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Not to be used for water that is not microbio safe.

orangello 07-22-2011 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Gus556 (Post 547947)
Brita - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Not to be used for water that is not microbio safe.

So, maybe Brita + UV exposure = relatively safe drinking water?

I guess it depends on how thirsty i get.

bkt 07-22-2011 10:50 PM

Get some drops or tablets or better yet get a Berkey or similar filtration system.

Brita makes clean water cleaner. It doesn't make dirty water clean.

c3shooter 07-23-2011 01:45 AM

Size of a can of beans. 200 gallons. Put a coffee filter over the pre-filter, will last longer. 0.3 micron filtration. Keep one in pack when hiking. As far as UV sterilization, sun don't always shine when I'm thirsty.

http://www.backcountrygear.com/catalog/filterdetail.cfm/KAT1200

Seven 07-23-2011 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by orangello (Post 547949)
So, maybe Brita + UV exposure = relatively safe drinking water?

Brita + couple drops of Clorox = gtg

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/6719/bleachchart.gif


Not to threadjack, but there are a few common items that are cheap and have so many emergency uses there's no reason not to keep a good supply on hand. Bleach and baking soda are a couple of them.

Gus556 07-23-2011 05:24 PM

Should you do the clorox first then do final purification (for particulate matter) with the brita filter?

Seven 07-23-2011 05:31 PM

imo I'd filter first, then purify.

CA357 07-23-2011 05:37 PM

I have two of these: A Practical, Life-Sustaining Water Filter | Monolithic

I also have other types of filters as well as purification tabs etc. There are some other threads here on water storage and purification.

BTW, if you use bleach, keep it rotated because it doesn't have an infinite shelf life.


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