Friday, November 23, 2012

Hard times gear review... the PUR water pitcher

The best 'survival' gear is the stuff you use every single day.  If you heat with a wood stove on a regular basis, then using it when the power is gone is not an issue.  The folding knife you slide in your pocket daily will always beat that 12" monster tactical survival bowie sword with the first aid kit in the handle and auxiliary cup holder.

This item is like that..... something I use every single day, and have come to trust.

PUR 18 Cup Dispenser with One Pitcher Filter DS-1800Z
This pitcher lives in my fridge, and gets emptied and filled just about every day.  It deals nicely with the salt from the water softener, and the nitrates in our farm-land water table.   I replace the filter unit every few months, although so far that's been more preventive than a 'need'.

Using this thing, my purchases of bottled water are now 20% of what they used to be.  That makes it a real money saver.  Add to that the notion that I can take creak water, pour it in the top, and have good tasting potable water a short while later.... that works for me.

This gadget has my stamp of approval.... I use it, I like it, and I recommend it.


Rev. Paul said...

I use a Brita pitcher at work because of the strong chlorine taste that occasionally crops up in city water. Just remember to have a few spare filters stored away in case of a disruption in the supply line.

Old NFO said...

Biggest problem is filters... Stores seem to never restock... sigh

Carteach said...

On Amazon a pack of four filters for this gadget is $25 right now, or roughly 8 months of my normal usage. An extra pack of four is not a hardship to keep on the shelf, and are very adaptable indeed to other containers. It would be no trick to graft one into the bottom of a five gallon bucket, place anotherbucket underneath, and begin filtering much larger quantities of water.

Borepatch said...

So what would purify, say, stream water so that you could drink it? I assume that this would be fine for potable water, but not for "free range" auqua.

Carteach said...

I suppose that depends on how suspect the water is. Around here, I would use just this filter and probably be okay with the results. If I suspected something nasty was in abundance, I might boil after filtering, and maybe filter twice.
For serious biologicals, there are always chemical water treatments, and even simple Chlorine.