Re: Water Purifiers
Turba, Thomas N RV (tnt1@PO11.RV.UNISYS.COM)
Sun, 9 Jun 1996 16:38:00 CDT
>I found a water purifier unit in our scout closet today.
>It was in a bag which was fairly
>dirty and the input and output hoses were missing
>It is a First Need brand
If I were you, I would put it back in the bag and forget about it! I bought
one of these many years ago, and a few filters. The filters don't last very
long unless you prefilter the water to remove all dirt. I rediscovered the
First Need filter a few months ago while cleaning out one of my closets. I
had forgotten about it after getting a Katadine (sp?) filter some years ago.
A good quality water filter pays for itself, and they are much cheaper now
than they were a few years ago, about 1/2 the price they were. If you ever
plan to go on more than one or two trips where you might need to filter your
water, I suggest you get a good purifier that will last, one that you can
physically clean the filter (not just back wash it).
I think one with a ceramic filter and an active element is the best. You
just need to rinse it out and you're back in business. Mine has been used
to filter visibly muddy water for over 20 people on one trip at a rate of
about one quart/liter per minute. All we had to do was rinse it out to
clean the filter (in the muddy water) and we were back in business. It
weights about the same as a quart of water.
I take it whenever I travel to an area where I am not 100% sure of the
water. It has been a lifesaver more than once.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota
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