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11/9/2018 9:21:38 PM
Posted: 10/24/2018 8:07:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2018 8:14:35 AM EST by Iram]
What do y'all use for water filtration?

I've now had a both a Sawyer Squeze (flowrate reduced to less than 20%, even after serious backflushing) and a Sawyer Mini (leaking about 50% of the water out the side of the filter at a fitting) with less than 30 liters through either filter.

I'm seriously pissed at Sawyer, and currently under a "boil water" notice that's expected to "a handful of days" to "weeks" depending on who you ask...kinda grumpy right now.
Link Posted: 10/24/2018 10:26:14 AM EST
I love my platypus gravity filter. Simple to use, no squeezing involved. Damn good flowrate (if instructions are followed)
Link Posted: 10/24/2018 1:02:50 PM EST
Platypus gravity feed would be a good option.

You might just run to Sam's Club and pick up a couple of cases of the cheapest bottled water they have, too.
Link Posted: 10/24/2018 3:29:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By Iram:
What do y'all use for water filtration?

I've now had a both a Sawyer Squeze (flowrate reduced to less than 20%, even after serious backflushing) and a Sawyer Mini (leaking about 50% of the water out the side of the filter at a fitting) with less than 30 liters through either filter.

I'm seriously pissed at Sawyer, and currently under a "boil water" notice that's expected to "a handful of days" to "weeks" depending on who you ask...kinda grumpy right now.
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I have had Sawyer minis fail like you describe.

What kind of water were you filtering? I always use a prefilter or let it sit to settled to hard particles before filtering.
Link Posted: 10/24/2018 6:23:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2018 6:25:28 PM EST by GaryM]
Katadyn pump type. Doing well so far, priced a bit under 100 bucks.

For home use I suggest one of those ceramic filters you attach to the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. A second bucket underneath collects filtered water. Good for many many gallons and runs with out you having to do a thing.
Link Posted: 10/24/2018 6:43:23 PM EST
Berkey.

Accept no substitutes
Link Posted: 10/24/2018 8:19:36 PM EST
Wondering about your Sawyer issues. While I've never had to run whole house duty, I've used both on many multi day pack trips. Curious as to why yours failed. Cracked case from the factory or shipping on the mini. The squeeze, maybe it's just the silt or... maybe. In for others experience and results.
Link Posted: 10/25/2018 2:31:10 PM EST
I run a katadyn ceradyn daily ay home for over 8 years now.
Not one issue, 10L at a time.
For my packs its katadyn hiker,mini/micro and guide.
Link Posted: 10/25/2018 2:34:25 PM EST
Katadyn
Link Posted: 10/25/2018 3:03:08 PM EST
I wonder if your flowrate issue has to do with mineralization in the membrane? Could always try running white vinegar thru it to dissolve hard water deposits. Just spitballing.
Link Posted: 10/28/2018 10:37:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2018 10:38:50 AM EST by thederrick106]
The more crap in the water the more they will clog up. All filters need replacing. I killed my mini sawyer during one hunting season but I ran really crappy water through it. The mini only costs $20? I consider them disposable.

If your on municipal water, and they have a boil in effect then there is a good chance they are running a high dose of treatment to clear it up, which is probably what's helping to clog up your filters. Just a guess on my part but ya never know...

https://international.sawyer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/sawyer_bucket-cleaning_2016-01-15e.pdf

I would also think about trying to run a bigger charcoal bucket based filter for whole home water filtration and usage.

ETA/ pump type filters work much better when your trying to do higher volume. I like MSR.
Link Posted: 10/28/2018 11:36:59 AM EST
hardly an expert but boiling water kills virus right? filters generally dont remove virus. you need chemical sanitation not physical filtering.
Link Posted: 10/28/2018 12:38:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By slappomatt:
hardly an expert but boiling water kills virus right? filters generally dont remove virus. you need chemical sanitation not physical filtering.
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There are filters that get viruses (MSR Guardian), it all depends on the pore size. UV/Chemical/Boiling will also get rid of viruses.

However, for the continental US, there is rarely a threat of virus in the drinking water or streams because we've got decent sewage treatment centers. The main concerns are bacteria/parasites which most filters will get, and chemicals- which is harder for most filters to get rid of.
Link Posted: 10/29/2018 1:16:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By GaryM:
Katadyn pump type. Doing well so far, priced a bit under 100 bucks.

For home use I suggest one of those ceramic filters you attach to the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. A second bucket underneath collects filtered water. Good for many many gallons and runs with out you having to do a thing.
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Can you provide a link to the 5 gal bucket one?
Link Posted: 10/29/2018 5:41:40 PM EST
For larger volume ( household ) filtering I keep a couple
of these around :

Ceramic water filter
Link Posted: 10/29/2018 10:30:16 PM EST
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Originally Posted By no_1:
For larger volume ( household ) filtering I keep a couple
of these around :

Ceramic water filter
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Thank you. Very interesting concept.
Link Posted: 10/30/2018 8:25:23 PM EST
Problem might be the water. I've heard of people using a vinegar/water dilution (backflushed and then soaked) to get flow rate back up.
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