The LifeStraw provides access to clean and safe drinking water anywhere. The LifeStraw is a Time Magazine “Invention of the Year” winner. LifeStraw filters to 0.2 microns through the use of hollow-fiber membranes, which are small tubes with even smaller pores. These pores allow water to pass, but prevent contaminants larger than 0.2 microns from flowing through.  As you get closer to 264 gallons (1,000 liters), the pores will eventually become clogged with debris and the flow will stop. Stock one for each member for the family. Visit the LifeStraw site for more information.

An upgrade from the the LifeStraw, the LifeStraw Family  filters up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply a gamily of five with clean drinking water for up to three years. Lightweight and highly portable, LifeStraw Family is perfect for camping. It makes filtering water a breeze at base camps, while car camping, or when camping with groups. It’s also great to have at home in the event of boil water advisories. In addition to purifying contaminated tap water, in a worst case scenario you can purify water from any water source near your home with LifeStraw Family. Visit the LifeStraw Family site for more information.

The Berkey water filtration system is great addition for anyone concerned about clean water supply interruption and/or portability. The Berkey Royal is the most popular size. This model comes with two purification elements. With two elements the system can purify 4 gallons per hour, with an additional two elements 8 gallons per hour.

One slight difficulty with the Berkey water filtration systems has been priming the black filters. The filters have to be primed (because of the media and small pore size) in order for water to flow through them properly. This usually required holding them against a faucet and forcing water through them. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do especially with all the newer types of faucets. Now Berkey has developed a primer specifically for the black filter elements. With the primer you can prime or backflush Black Berkey Elements without a faucet while reducing the amount of time & effort.

This is a great value. A 4 pack of 6 gallon blue water containers with spout. Always disinfect drinking water containers before use.

  • Durable HDPE
  • Holds 6 gallons of water
  • Two handles for easier use and handling
  • Wider base and lower center of gravity to reduce the chance of a can tipping over

If you want to begin storing your own water this is a great way to get started. The government recommendation is 1 gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation. This 15 gallon tank would supply 15 days of water needs for one person. The dark blue color restricts light and helps control growth of harmful algae and bacteria. Made from Heavy-duty, thick, high molecular weight polyethylene FDA-approved resin and BPA free. Always disinfect drinking water containers before use. Includes bung wrench and siphon.

If you want to begin storing your own water this is a great way to get started. The government recommendation is 1 gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation. This 55 gallon tank would supply 55 days of water needs for one person. The dark blue color restricts light and helps control growth of harmful algae and bacteria. Made from Heavy-duty, thick, high molecular weight polyethylene FDA-approved resin and BPA free. Always disinfect drinking water containers before use.

If you chose to store your own water the Hopkins FloTool 10801 Shaker Siphon is a convenient way to transfer water from a storage container. This siphon is a great compliment to the 15 gallon tank or other storage container. The siphon has a 6 foot anti-static tube and moves up to 3.5 gallons per minute. The government recommendation is 1 gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation.  Always disinfect drinking water containers before use.

The Oatey 14209 Mystic Rainwater Collection System is an inexpensive way to collect rain water from your roof runoff. It directs rainwater from downspouts into collection barrels. Includes 4-Foot hi-flo hose and fits standard 2″”x3″” residential downspouts.

The Clean Rain Advanced Downspout Diverter is a great product that I personally own. It features filtration and first flush diverter technology in one easy to install product. It cleans automatically, has an easily accessible on/off switch and a safety overflow to storm water drain. The body swivels for convenient outlet positioning, fits standard garden, 1-inch sump and 1-1/2-inch pool hoses and 3-inch pipe. Connects to 2″x3″ and 3″x4″ rectangle, and 3″ and 4″ round .

The Rain Water Metal Diverter fits 2″x3″ or 3″x4″ downspouts. The small diverter dimensions are: 11L x 3W x 2.5H inches and the large diverter dimensions are: 11L x 4W x 3H inches. Constructed of galvanized steel for strength.

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