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Emergency Water Filters, Filtration, Purification and Sources FAQ

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Clean water, free of dangerous pathogens and chemicals, is more essential than food. Most everyone can go without food for a week, or even two, and survive the unpleasant experience, but just a couple or three days without safe water can become life-threatening for all. And, risking an unknown water source could be even worse.

Alternative sources of clean, safe water either stored and/or filtering equipment acquired, is too often overlooked because of our experience of abundant clean waters at the turn of a tap. But, if the electricity that pumps the water is interrupted or water sources are contaminated, we'll all see very quickly how especially dependent we truly are. Bottled water will disappear off the store shelves in a panicked rush quicker than most can even imagine! The majority after that will then spend many hours of each day standing in long lines awaiting the rumored water truck coming to their neighborhood next. It need not be so for your family...

Below is the "Combo Filter" we first used in 2000 for four months in Venezuela for filtering our family of four water needs where the water source came off a muddy hillside behind our leased house there. It is a simple, but powerful, siphon and gravity feed filter setup utilizing two distinct filters in-line. The first filter is the well known Doulton® Ceramic filter (Sterasyl) for removal of pathogenic contaminants and the second is an OmniPure® carbon filter for chemical filtration that will also remove any remaining taste/odor, too.

This "Combo Filter" arrangement will clean up the grossest puddle water and make it biologically safe and clean to drink. Our family proved it, for four months! And, I was back there three times last year and got (or rather had to) use it again and was darn glad I don't ever leave home without it!

These same laboratory verified Doulton® Ceramic Sterasyl filters are exactly what is used inside many of those $200 to $300 pricey gravity water filters sold today with the 2.5 to 5 gallon water holding tank, like the Berkefeld units. They rely solely on gravity and put out about 12 gallons a day. The KI4U "Combo Filter", illustrated below, uses gravity combined with the power of siphoning that together can generate as much as 70 gallons per day! And, you can do so at a fraction of the cost simply by suppling your own water container! In fact, you could buy 3 or 4 of our KI4U "Combo Filters" for what many of the others sell a single filtering unit for and they don't come with the additional separate carbon filter for chemical removal that's also included here!

Below are the instructions that come with each "Combo Filter" unit and beneath them are even more details about the water filtration capabilities of each of these two filters that comprise the KI4U "Combo Filter".

NOTICE: As of August 16th, 2004, we've been sold-out of the water filters.
However, you can order them now directly from our supplier Here.

Shane Connor

Order your own KI4U "Combo Filter" today.

NOTICE: As of August 16th, 2004, we've been sold-out of the water filters.
However, you can order them now directly from our supplier Here.

More about the Doulton® Ceramic Sterasyl Water Filter in the KI4U "Combo Filter"...

British ceramic maker Doulton®'s produces these 9" long highly efficient sub-micron ceramic 'candles' with silver locked within the ceramic structure to inhibit the growth of bacteria and provide self-sterilizing properties. Filtration Rating: Absolute (defined as >99.99%) 0.9 micron and Nominal (defined as >99.9%) 0.5 micron. Laboratories consider a filtering medium with an effective pore size of less than 1.0 micron to be bacteriologically safe.

In addition to fine particulate matter (like radioactive particles), bacteria, cysts and turbidity are all removed to a high level of efficiency. Rated for 99.99% (four log) E. coli removal and 99.999% (five log) giardia and cryptosporidium removal. That means they are laboratory certified removers of E.Coli, Vibrio Cholerae (Cholera), Shingella, Salmonella Typhi (Typhoid), Klebsiella Terrigena, Fecal Coliform, Cryptosporidium, Giardia Lamblia Cysts (Beaver Fever), and other biological contaminants.

This filter is ceramic/silver only. It does not remove chlorine or other chemicals. (The OmniPure® Carbon Filter, listed below, tackles that in the second stage of the KI4U "Combo Filter".) This is a reusable ceramic candle that will last as long as it can be recleaned. If the water is reasonably particulate-free, it should last for many thousands of gallons.

Doulton® ceramic is made from Kieselguhr Diatomaceous Earth and fired at incredibly high temperatures in excess of 1,000C. Tens of thousands of overlapping pores make up each element. This feature provides absolute mechanical filtration to .9 of a micron (.5 ANSI). That assures 99.99% rejection of bacteria and cysts. Bacteria and any other foreign particles are trapped on the outside of the element while the water passes through the ceramic wall to the inside of the element. And, it is BACTERIOSTATIC, which means it is self sterilizing. The entire ceramic wall is impregnated with pure silver. Silver has been long proven as a disinfectant which insures that bacteria trapped in the ceramic's pores are killed thereby eliminating any threat of bacteria colonization.

Doulton® water filters are manufactured to the following international standards and have been tested and approved by the following independent bodies or agencies:

  • British Water Research Council Performance Standard 5750
  • ISO - 9002 Quality Standard
  • The World Health Organization
  • Department of Health [Toronto, Ontario]
  • Water Research Council London England
  • University of Arizona (USA)
  • Spectrum Labs (Minneapolis, USA)
  • National Sanitation Foundation (standards 042 & 053)
  • Hyder Labs, Cheshire England
  • Loughborough University, England
  • Thresh, Beale & Suckling Laboratories, England.
  • Clare Microbiological Laboratories, England
  • Severn Trent Laboratories, England
  • Over Many Independent Laboratories Worldwide
  • Doulton candle filters are certified by the California Department of Health

    The Doulton® filters are used by the following agencies:

  • International Red Cross
  • Oxfam
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • U.S. & British Embassies
  • Save the Children Fund
  • Thousands of Missionaries, etc...

    More about the OmniPure® Carbon Water Filter used in the KI4U "Combo Filter"...

    Granulated Activated Carbon (GAC) has long been utilized to reduce impurities in potable water. It is widely recognized for its adsorption capacity plus its ability to reduce dissolved organics and chemicals such as chlorine. These and other impurities can cause undesirable taste, odor and color in water.

    Omnipure® products have been System Tested and Certified by NSF International against ANSI/NSF Standard 42 for the reduction of taste, odor and chlorine, Class 1.

    For more details of the capabilities of Granulated Activated Carbon (GAC) filters, like the OmniPure®, then read on...

    Excerpts from an article by my friend and water filteration expert, Gene Franks:

    The largest single section in the of the "EPA Regulated Water Contaminants'' published in Water Technology magazine, is the section on Organics (including VOCs, or "Volatile Organics''). In this category the EPA lists 32 very nasty chemical contaminants--many with familiar names like benzene, 1,1 dichlorethylene, carbon tetrachloride, dioxin, styrene, toluene, chloroform, and vinyl chloride. To give an idea of the extensiveness of this list, a single one of the 32 items is "Total Trihalomethanes,'' a category made up of still uncounted chemicals, assumed to number in the thousands, that are formed when water containing organic matter (i. e., virtually all water) is treated with chlorine. The maximum allowable level for trihalomethanes, which are suspected cancer causers and are present in virtually all chlorinated tap water, is only 1/10 of one part per million. For the Organics category, the primary treatment in all cases and the only recommended treatment in most cases, is activated carbon.

    The EPA's Pesticides category lists 14 familiar poisons such as Aldicarb, Chlordane, Heptachlor, and Lindane. In all 14 cases, activated carbon is the only recommended treatment. Of the 12 Herbicides listed (2,4-D, Atrazine, etc.), activated carbon is the only treatment recommended.

    For Organics, Pesticides, and Herbicides, the standard treatment, and in most cases the only treatment recommended, is activated carbon.

    When people say water filter, they most frequently mean a carbon filter of some variety, because since the Egyptians discovered that storing water in charcoal made it stay fresher and taste better, carbon has been a standard feature in water treatment. Its centuries of popularity attest to its effectiveness.

    When considering an emergency water filtration system, keep in mind:

    Chlorine was not considered in the discussion above because EPA does not consider it a water contaminant. Although this is patently absurd, it is also politically expedient and not likely to change soon. (Keep in mind that all EPA maximum contaminant allowables are politically negotiated figures that do not necessarily have any basis in reality. They represent a compromise between the ideal and what can practically be done by water treatment plants.) Chlorine removal is what carbon is best at, and nothing else equals carbon's ability to remove chlorine.

    Carbon filters remove chemicals by the process of adsorption (as opposed to absorption). Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines adsorption as "the adhesion in a thin layer of molecules to the surfaces of solid bodies in which they are in contact.'' Carbon attracts certain chemicals at the molecular level much in the way that a magnet attracts and holds metal filings. When the surfaces are full, the filter must be discarded and replaced.

    To summarize, carbon is an extremely versatile and highly effective water treatment medium. It has immense surface area. A single pound of granular activated carbon has a filtering surface area equivalent to 125 acres! It is the best known treatment for organic chemicals, VOCs, pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine and its by-products. It is also an unchallenged taste-and-odor improver.

    Order your own KI4U "Combo Filter" today.

    NOTICE: As of August 16th, 2004, we've been sold-out of the water filters.
    However, you can order them now directly from our supplier Here.

  • "A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them;
    the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences."
    - Proverbs 22:3

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