A common piece of survival advice is the rule of three:
- 3 minutes without air
- 3 hours without shelter
- 3 days without water
- 3 weeks without food
While you may survive 3 days without water, this is not a risk you want to take. Dehydration is a serious condition which can quickly spiral into serious illness or death and particularly affect members of your family who are young or elderly.
A person needs access to at least one gallon of water each day. This gives you 2 quarts for drinking and 2 for food preparation. It’s worth noting that you always need more water than you think, whether it’s for reconstituting dried foods, cleaning dishes or keeping hydrated.
We stock a range of storage options from 6.4 gallons to 100 gallon tanks. The water bricks are made of rugged, high density polyethylene (HDPE) with an easy grip comfort handle. These hold 3.5 gallons each and lock together so they can easily stored but also broken down for straightforward transport or use. Water bricks can also store food or other survival items making it a handy all round item to have in your survival kit.
For serious water storage there are the water storage tanks. Each tank holds 50 gallons in a BPA free, durable plastic cylinder. You can stack these together for convenient storage and the tall, thin cylindrical shape allows for optimum storage in terms of floor space. Access to the water is through a standard hose fitting for all around easy use. Installing a robust water storage system in your home means you are less reliant on utilities which will likely be affected by moderate to major natural disasters.
We also have portable water filters available. Carrying just a few gallons of water will quickly become tiresome and is not a practical option if you need to hike a long distance. These products enable you to gather water from the environment and make an excellent addition to your survival gear.
Our water filtration equipment is a "must have" when preparing your survival kit with proper hydration devices.
Katadyn Combi Filtration System
The Katadyn Combi Filtration system is highly regarded amongst outdoor enthusiasts because they are lightweight, durable and reliable. Even if you are not the outdoorsy type, packing one of these away with your emergency gear will give you access to basically unlimited sanitized water.
It works by first filtering out protozoa, bacteria, algae, cysts, sediments, spores and any other particles larger than 0.2 microns. The carbon filter works to improve the taste and removes residual chemicals like pesticides. This filter removes 99% of micro-organisms making it one of the most effective systems on the market.
Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle
Another option for filtration is the Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle – a 28 ounce BPA-free low density polyethylene bottle which is FDA approved. It runs a patented Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration system to remove almost all common contaminants found in water
- Aesthetic – Unpleasant taste and odors, cloudiness, silt, sediment, Chlorine and Chlorine by products
- Biological – Harmful microscopic pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-Coli and other cysts and spores
- Chemicals – Toxic chemicals (VOCs), Trihalomethanes, PCBs PCEs, detergents, and pesticides
- Dissolved Solids – Including heavy metals such as Aluminum, Asbestos, Fluoride, Cadmium, Chromium 6, Copper, Lead, Arsenic and Mercury
- Radiological – Gross Beta, Radon 222, Alpha Radium 226, Uranium, Plutonium, Cesium 134 and Cesium 137
H2O Survival Water Filter Travel Straw - Max
Filter straws are popular survival items because they are so easy to store and carry with you. You aim should be to over prepare for a crisis and having a filter straw alongside other water storage plans is a worthwhile back-up. Filtration straws are also popular amongst hunters, hikers or those travelling to areas with low quality water due to its easy to use nature.
Water filter straws are really ideal to cover person hydration needs. As the name suggests, you simply drink water directly from the source through the straw. It has 11 layers of filtration to remove 99% of micro-organisms. This straw produces 530 Gallons (2000 litres) of clean, clear, odor free water that is free from bacteria and heavy metals. It does so by using a Hi-Density Filter System employing 0.01 micron Membrane/GAC and MIR Poly-Iodine Technology.
The first four layers remove sediments and other suspended pollutants, followed by the Iodine Bactericidal resin layer to thoroughly kill microorganisms. The water then travels through a coconut husk granule active carbon layer to remove further poisonous substances and improve the taste of the water. Then a layer of an activated carbon filter absorbs organic and chemical pollutants and further improves the taste. Lastly the water passes through the Hydrophilic High Precision membrane which has a pore size of 0.01 microns which allows water to pass through but prevents most micro-organisms as they are typically 0.2-2 microns in width.
During an emergency, access to clean water is vital to keep yourself and your loved ones hydrated. Often, in times of distress, clean water is limited or even impossible to reach. Our water filtration systems are essential for your emergency survival kits. We also offer many accessories to ensure your comfort, such as collapsible cups, water bottles, and prefilled water pouches.
Water Filtration and Purification Tips
- Clean, sanitize, and rinse all containers prior to use.
- Do not use containers previously used to store non-food products.
- Do not store water containers directly on concrete. Place on cardboard, wood pallets, or other materials.
- Non-chlorinated water (most municipal water is chlorinated) should be treated with unscented liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite). See the chart below for appropriate amount to add to water.
- Boiling is the safest way to clean water, however you can also use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms.
Amount of Water
Amount of Bleach to add to CLEAR Water
Amount of Bleach to add to CLOUDY Water