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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Using hand held water filters, do you feel there is a need for a second level of purification. Lets define: Filter - bacteria, cyst and protozoa. Purification - viruses, bacteria, cyst and protozoa. From the 1980s until just a few years ago, if there was any doubt about the water I would...
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    This 'stream' is located at the back of my condo complex in the suburbs. How risky do you think this stream would be for use as an emergency source of water? I have a 'SAWYER POINT ZeroTWO™ BIOLOGICAL & VIRAL WATER PURIFIER' which I would use to treat the water. I know very little about...
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Can anyone comment on the Berkey brand of water filters? I am considering the Big Berkey, but it is expensive. What do you suggest for alternatives? Thanks, Randle
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Should I prime my system now or wait for a disaster, to prime it? Will it hurt test the filter now? Is there a shelf life on a primed filter? Any help would be really appreciated.:)
  5. Reviews & Questions For Vendors
    The Steripen Sidewinder is a hand powered unit that purifies water with UV light. Being hand powered means you can use the unit when there is no electrify, and no batteries required. The SteriPen website claims the UV bulb is supposed to be good for 8,000 one liter treatments. Fill the...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    If the instructions on the tablet bottle say to use 2 tablets per quart of water, does that mean you can use 1 tablet in a 1/2 quart bottle for the same results?
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    If you put water in a clear bottle, then set the bottle in sunlight for 8 hours, the UV rays are supposed to kill pathogens in the water. To facilitate the process, what would be a good UV reflector to lay the bottles on? Tin Polished aluminum - gets very hot in direct sunlight Mirror Tin has...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I figured I would do a multi-part post on water discussing things like contaminants, filtration, purification, storage, etc. I want to do it as a multi-part post as this is really a large topic and it is much easier to break it down into smaller byte sized segments. So please bear with me as I...
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I live in California and just ordered a big berkey water filter, then recieve an email stating that big berkeys cannot be shipped to california due to a lead free law. how freakin ridiculous is that. It makes me question what california is putting in the water.
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I live on a bayou that flows into a large oxbow lake. What is the best method of purifiying the water ? Also, recommendation of portable water bottles, the type with filters . I'm just getting ready :D: Many Thanks, Greg
  11. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was thinking of making a prefilter for the water out of an idea i think i saw on here but could not find with a search. take a bucket and thread a 2 inch pvc about a foot long loaded with fiber, carbon, sand,pebbles,and more fiber on top. That would drip into another bucket on bottom thought...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Wanted to get people's thoughts on the Big Berkey water filter. I already own a Katadyn but was looking to get an additional water filtration system. What are some of your thoughts on a Big Berkey?
  13. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Cheaper than Dirt is selling these for, well, cheap. Filters down to 0.5 microns to remove all bacteria and protozoa. Anyone have one of these and can comment on them? (I ordered mine.)
  14. Food and water
    I know this has been mentioned in other posts, but with swimming pool supplies now available everywhere this time of year, I thought it deserved another mention. http://readynutrition.com/resources/better-than-bleach-use-calcium-hypochlorite-to-disinfect-water_19062010/ This article was...
  15. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    We are considering purchasing a big berkey water filter within the next few days. We would love to get feedback from anyone who already owns one. Are they really worth the money? Where is the best place to get one at the best price?
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So are the filters in these cleanable, or do you replace them? I'm getting conflicting info in that you need to replace them every 6 months and that they are cleanable. I also wanted to know if anyone new anything about this Katadyn model...
  17. Food and water
    I've read the valuable threads here on buying a gravity counter-top water filter/purifier, and I've done a lot of research on the Net. After wading through all the information, my choice is the Aquarain. (I'm ducking in case Big Berkey owners want to throw things at me.) :D: Here's why (from a...
  18. Reviews & Questions For Vendors
    Which should I buy? Big Berkey 2 black filter or AquaRain Model 400 2 filter model Both cost about the same $$$ and hold about the same mount of water. Aquarain claims to filter out smaller particles. This would be for emergency use only. I have city water and an inline filter on the...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hopefully someone here has one of these and can help me figure this out. I am interested in purchasing the Big Berkey with the black filter. My question is regarding the ceramic filters, can I use the ceramic filters with the black filters? Do they filter the same elements or do they filter...
  20. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Yesterdays Berkey thread whetted my interest in these again,(YUK,YUK,get it ? :D: ) so I did a little more research and found this company close by in Tenessee.... http://www.berkeywaterfilterstore.com/big-berkey.php They have about the same deal as some others ($250,free shipping,plus a free...
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