There is a lot of stuff in your every day drinking water. That will only become a bigger problem when the SHTF. Having a water source and a way to store it is only part of the issue. Having a way to clean is essential for survival. I have done a little research on this and here is what I found. Two water filter/purification systems seem to jump to the top of the list.

Berkey is the king of home water filter/purification systems. No matter what prepping site, forum or blog I go to, everyone sings the praises of the Berkey Water Filter. The Black Berkey filters have been tested and confirmed to remove or greatly reduce contaminants. Viruses by 99.999%, Pathogenic Bacteria by 99.9999% and Trihalomethanes by 89.8%. The Berkey gets water so clean, it is considered purified. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs.” They are just so expensive. Some people have taken to making their own containers and just buying the filters. I guess if you look over the lifetime of the product and the $0.08 per gallon it makes sense to get the whole system.

The Sawyer PointTwo Purifier is fast becoming a preferred water filter for people on the move. If you have to bug out this is the filter/purification system to have. The Sawyer PointTwo Purifier has been tested and confirmed to remove or greatly reduce contaminants. Viruses by 99.997%, Pathogenic Bacteria by 99.99999% and Protozoa/Cysts by 99.9999%. The Sawyer PointTwo Purifier gets water so clean, it is considered purified.

Since this system does not come with the metal housing, it costs a lot less. It only requires two buckets and a drill to assemble. This also adds to it’s portability. The best part about this filter is that you can back flush the system to clean it. Because of that, it comes with manufacturer’s 1 million gallon guarantee. That means I can filter my 275 gallon rain catchment totes 3636 times before I have to replace the filter. If the three of us in my family used 3 gallons per day, it would take us 304 years to have this filter go bad.