When out camping, it is very important to know you have clean water to drink. However, it might be daunting to carry all of the water you need from home. Therefore, if the area you intend to camp has a water source, all you need is a good water filtering system. The following are helpful tips to guide you when choosing a camping water filter:
Go for a filter that is effective in cleaning water and making it safe for drinking. It is crucial to know that most of the water you see in back-country areas teems with pathogens than can cause serious intestinal tract discomfort. They could be having protozoa, bacteria, and viruses.
These are minute parasitic organisms that can cause serious intestinal problems. Symptoms begin to manifest after two days to three weeks after ingestion. The commonest protozoa include Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
These include E. coli, Campylobacteriosis, and dysentery. They live in water. They are larger than viruses, and, therefore, are easier to filter out.
Examples of viruses include Rotavirus and Hepatitis A. They are very small- making it difficult to strain them out with most filters unless the pore size of the filter is extremely small.
When going for a filter, you should opt for one that is extremely effective- one that can strain out viruses. Unfortunately, most filters don’t have pore sizes small enough to strain out viruses. It is easy for them to filter out protozoa and bacteria, but it is difficult when it comes to viruses as viruses are extremely small.
After considering how effective a certain filter system is, the next thing to consider is the weight of the treatment system. Filter systems vary widely in weight- they range from a few ounces to an excess of 22 ounces. If you are traveling outside the state and are, say, setting up a base camp, heavier but very effective systems such as the Guardian are preferable. If the camping area is within the state, and you know where the water in the camping area comes from, and you are sure it isn’t teeming with viruses, then a filter would be okay.
Time Before Drinking
Different filter systems take different lengths of time to treat water. If you are on a time crunch, you might not have the patience of waiting for long for water to be treated. Therefore, it is important to go for an effective filtration system that doesn’t take a lot of time to get the water ready for drinking.
Ability to treat large amounts of water
If you are alone or a very small group, then this isn’t a huge concern. However, if you are a group of many people, you’d want a filtration system that can treat large quantities of water at once.
In case you choose a pump filter as the preferred water treatment method, and you intend to bring it again in many other trips in the future, look for a field that you yourself can service in the back country should it get clogged. Again, check how long a filter is going to last before needing replacement.