As I was going through my 72 hour kit I found an item that came in the kit that I wasn’t too familiar with:  the Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter.  I decided I needed to learn more about it.  The Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter system provides a safe and convenient way to drink clear clean tasting water anywhere.  No pumps, no hoses, no special fittings, just “fill and go”.  This means you simply fill the bottle with water, drop in the filter and you’re ready to drink.  You get a high quality 22 oz. Nalgene Sport Bottle with a sturdy push pull valve system and polycarbonate flip cap to keep the drinking valve clean.  The bottle itself is lightweight and easy to use.  It is ideal for wilderness or adventure travel, camping, bicycling, emergency kits, even daily use at home or work.  It is ergonomically shaped to fit comfortably in your hand or in most bicycle water bottle cages or backpack pockets.

The Aquamira Microbiological Filter is a special thick-walled “porous plastic” filter designed to provide greater effectiveness than common thin-walled fiber filters.  The tiny, intricate pathways in the filter remove chlorine and odors from your water and also trap 99.9% of harmful Giardia and Cryptosporidium which are the two leading causes of waterborne illnesses. The activated carbon reduces waterborne chemicals and improves water taste.  A single filter treats up to 230 refills and replacement filters are available.  Rainy Day Foods carries both the water bottle and replacement filters.  They also carry a filtering straw by Aquamira.  These are wonderful items that I believe every home should have in their emergency kits.

contributed by Pam Higley

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