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I've got a question concerning, you guessed it, BRITA FILTERS :thumb::thumb: Yayy, I love my Sigg water bottle and brita filter, it saves me buckets of dough on bottled water (Gotta be a good steward of what God has given me:) )

But the question I have is in regards to brita filters in a emergency situation.

Are they any good for filtering water if the crap hits the fan? I'm pretty sure they don't sterilize the water so I know I'd have to boil the water but would they maybe still work for clearing any gunk out of the water I'm going to use for cooking or maybe even drinking after boiling?

I ask because I am thinking of investing in the 3 pack every time I need a new filter to stock up on them so I'll have two to stockpile each change.

Is it worth it????

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Brita (and similar) water filters are good basically for removing small amounts of impurities from the water. It does the job well enough to potentially improve the taste of the water by reducing the amount of dissolved minerals.

It does NOT work well enough to make non-potable water safe to use or drink.. In a SHTF situation, it might (emphasis MIGHT) be a little better than not using one, but the water if contaminated is by no means made safe. You'd be better off by purchasing a backpacking water filtration system for such situations.

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I have had great results with my Big Berkey filter set up for two years now as the tap water quality keeps getting worst and worst. I've also tried the Brita's but it takes less than two weeks before they degrade and I can taste the diffrence.
 

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PUR faucet filter works well but may not work without high water pressure

I was wondering about these two:
http://www.purwater.com/#/dispenser
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http://www.purwater.com/#/faucets

The first one for portable applications and the second to hook to a rain barrel. I realize the water should still be boiled, but the stage 2 filters are supposed to remove just about everything. Anyone have any experience with either of these?
I've used the PUR faucet filter on my kitchen sink for a few years now. (By the way, The blue 3-stage filters are the ones that are suppose to remove the most pollutants.) It does a great job. One thing to think about is that faucet filters may need a certain level of water pressure (psi) to move the water through the filter. If water pressure is low, water flow will slow dramatically. And gravity pressure alone may not be enough to get the faucet filter to operate. So in an emergency, the pitcher type may be your most reliable option. (If you can't boil the water, you can treat it with fresh chlorine bleach before putting it into the pitcher. The pitcher will remove the chlorine).
 

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Use Brita if you want less (filtration) for more ($). Otherwise, go with a micro-porous ceramic (Berkie, AquaRain-type) and never look back.
 

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I'm going with a Berkey and 2 or 3 sets of replacement filters. My buddy might even be able to use one to run his (well defended) pool water through.
 

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I would just construct some kind of floating solar still out of an innnertube or three and let those work all day. For immediate needs you could supplement with filtered water.
 

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Far as I know, most, if not all, of the Brita filters are worthless against biological baddies even as big as amoeba size, let alone virii.

And of course, those are the SHTF hazards that will be most likely to encounter.

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I'm pretty sure the Brita is just a carbon filter,useless for questionable water. Boiling would kill live things in the water and a carbon filter could make the boiled water taste better,so don't throw it out.TP
 

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Water filtering

I would only trust a Doulton or berkey for clean water in a bad environment. If cost is a big issue Doulton makes a small personal water filter used by the SAS. It costs about $89.00 with one filter included. It uses the same filters as the big berkey or the doulton equivalent, Also I've heard the ceramic filters work better than the black ones when silt was a factor. Apparently the black ones got clogged when filtering flood waters and couldn't be cleaned.
 

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ceramic filters got to be extremely careful, 1 drop 1 crack.. it's a gonner..

personally.. i always boil to be 2x sure.. even at home i boil water b4 drinking it..
 

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We're told our water is safe to drink, but sometimes it smells horrible and it's just wrong for water to have any smell other than clean. It's just gross, almost like a sewage smell, so we don't drink it.
We had similar results with brita that Megahammer had...they just don't last that long which prevents them from being economical and just not worth the effort.
 
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