Water Filter Tips

Heading out on a backpacking trip this summer? Make sure you make good use of that pricey water filter. Here's 3 great tips to help keep your water filter clean!
  1. Pretty much a given, but important none the less. Follow the manufacturer's maintenance instructions. This usually entails removing the filter membrane and scraping/brushing/flushing. Some makers simply recommend replacing the membrane when it turns gray. After removing this element, most units must be sanitized with a diluted bleach solution or by boiling.
  2. Seek out pools rather than moving water. This one surprised me, but makes total sense. Currents knock loose and stir up sediment from the river bottom. Also, always keep the bottom of the hose off the bottom of the water source.
  3. Let the water chill. Bring either a water sack or collapse bucket, scoop up some water and let it sit at least 2 hours. Preferably overnight. This allows any sediment to settle on the bottom of the bucket or sack.
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