Everyone knows to bring water when they are going on a hike. But with the heat we have been having, and with water weighing 8lbs/gallon we often find ourselves running short of water because we do not want to be lugging the added weight. Drinking from a stream, pond or river can be dangerous and cause multiple health risks. There are several water filtration systems on the market. I will give you a comparison of the three that I own. If you frequently hike, spend time in the wild, or travel to other countries where the water quality may not always be safe to drink, avoid getting ill by always carrying a filter with you. If you don’t want to be limited by added weight of extra water bottles, The following purifiers provide safe drinking when hiking:
The WAPI – Water Pasteurization Indicator
- The WAPI – The WAPI is a water pasteurization indicator that consists of a tube with soybean wax in it that melts just above the pasteurization temp for milk or water. Thus, killing all disease-causing organisms (bacteria, viruses, and parasites) The little tube is weighted with a washer and hung on the side of the pot. When the wax melts to the bottom, the water is safe to drink.
- There are times when a town’s water supply is contaminated, and they tell everyone to boil the water before drinking. Water need not be boiled; it just needs to reach the 149’ F temperature to be safe. The WAPI can do a large quantity at one time but may not be practical to take along for simple day hiking. For those times when boiling water is advised, it is handy to have one in your home. “WAPIs For The World” is a wonderful organization that has distributed them to 34 countries around the world. In the wild, water often contains harmful organisms, bacteria, virus and worms that can cause a variety of illnesses, especially diarrhea. There’s an estimated 1.5 million child deaths per year caused by diarrhea ; mostly among children under five living in developing countries.” WAPIs save lives. You might like to donate to distribute these and help save lives in underdeveloped countries. To learn more on how you can help go to https://www.wapisfortheworld.com/
Personal Water Filter Straw – safe drinking when hikng
- The Sim Pure Personal Water Filter Straw– A great deal for $13.59 on Amazon. This is a small 6.7” tube with a filter inside and has an attached lanyard. Only 1.5” in diameter and 2.1 ounces, you can wear it around your neck or tie it to your backpack and take it anywhere. This straw has a 4-stage filtration system and will remove a minimum 99.9999% of harmful substances. It is also easy to use- just simply put it in the water source and drink through the straw. To clean it you just blow out of the straw to back wash it. It will filter 396 gallons (about twice the volume of a large refrigerator) of water. The water filter straw is a great item to keep in your camping gear or emergency bag. https://www.amazon.com/SimPure-Portable-Survival-Purifier-Emergency/dp/B07SZ4XWQW/ref=sr_1_12?dchild=1&keywords=simpure+water+filtration+system+sawyer&qid=1627325051&sr=8-12
Mini Filtration System – Safe drinking when hiking
- The Sawyer Mini Filtration System. It is like the Sim Pure Personal Water Filter Straw, but the Sawyer mini filtration system also has a plastic squeeze bottle that folds flat, a drinking straw for drinking directly from a stream and a syringe to backwash it. I like the fact that the end has threads to screw onto a water bottle. It sells on amazon for $19.99. It does not come with a lanyard, but it would be simple enough to add that yourself. This water filtration system removes 99.99999% of all bacteria (salmonella, cholera, and E. coli); removes 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium); also removes 100% of microplastics. This mini filtration system will filter 100,000 gallons of water! http://sawyer mini filtration system
I hope if you do not already have a filtration device, you will get one soon. It is one of the most important items you should carry on your outdoor adventures. I wish you safe travels!