What level/size filter to filter parasites?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Ajax, Nov 2, 2012.


  1. Ajax

    Ajax Monkey++

    I use a Neti pot for my sinuses and it works great. I usually use tap water which is technically a no no but recently there have been a few cases of parasites killing people from using tap water.

    I could be a normal person and buy gallon jugs of distilled water or boil my own water but why do that if I can use a simple sport bottle water filter to filter the water first.

    I have a Berky sport bottle I could use but I am saving those for BOB's so I was thinking about just getting a Brita bottle filter like they sell at Wal-Mart.

    So does anyone know the smallest size particle they will filter and what size would be needed to filter parasites, virus, ect?
     
  2. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Each filter should come with the size it will filter, most ceramics filter to 1/2 a micron.

    Parasites? That is a general term, even a flea is a parasite.

    Virus? They are a large group and I do not think I would trust a OTC filter to protect myself in that case.
     
  3. Ajax

    Ajax Monkey++

  4. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Understood, there have been more deaths in the US this year and since the primary route is the nose, even from normal events, such as swimming, then to take any chances seems counter productive.
     
  5. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    AquaPure (owned by Cuno) makes an undersink RO unit model AP-5500. Have on of those installed and you'd be set. No bacterial worries with RO water.

    Byte
     
  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  7. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    • Brita Slim Water Pitcher OB11 / 42629:
    • The Brita OB11 pitcher holds five 8-ounce glasses of clean, great-tasting, chilled water.
    • This filter is tested and certified by NSF International and the Water Quality Association (WQA) to meet or exceed NSF/ANSI Standards 42 & 53.
    • The Brita Slim Water Pitcher OB11 filter does not remove Fluoride.
    • Most compact Brita pitchers fit easily in your refrigerator door.
    • The Brita Slim Water Pitcher OB11 provides you with great-tasting, clean water for a fraction of the cost of bottled water.

    Ajax, do not use your BRITA OB11 for your water treatments.

    Note NSF/ANSI 42 & 53 standards do not cover the protection you requested information about. Your BRITA will not proect you.

    NSF/ANSI Standard 42: Drinking Water Treatment Units - Aesthetic Effects
    Overview: This standard covers point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) systems designed to reduce specific aesthetic or non-health-related contaminants (chlorine, taste and odor, and particulates) that may be present in public or private drinking water.
    NSF/ANSI Standard 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units - Health Effects
    Overview: Standard 53 addresses point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) systems designed to reduce specific health-related contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, lead, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether), that may be present in public or private drinking water

    You need, at the very least, the type below and this type has been described and is used by other members and is described by Bruce in Alaska.

    NSF/ANSI Standard 55: Ultraviolet Microbiological Water Treatment Systems
    Overview: This standard establishes requirements for point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) non-public water supply (non-PWS) ultraviolet systems and includes two optional classifications. Class A systems (40,000 uwsec/cm2) are designed to disinfect and/or remove microorganisms from contaminated water, including bacteria and viruses, to a safe level. Class B systems (16,000 uw-sec/cm2) are designed for supplemental bactericidal treatment of public drinking water or other drinking water, which has been deemed acceptable by a local health agency.
     
  8. Ajax

    Ajax Monkey++

    That's good to know. I might just pick up another Berky Sport bottle since I only need about 16 oz. a day.
     
  9. Desert Marine

    Desert Marine Certified Master Herbalist

    I have the Berkey Travel with the sports bottle. Whenever I am out from my home I take that Berkey sport bottle with me. I also have several spares filters as well. If someone has a better recommendation please post it.
     
  10. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    If you are truly concerned about virus protection then forget the cheap OTC filters. Many virii are in the 0.01 micron range - much smaller than a typical filter will remove. Using a filter to pre-treat the water, then boiling would be a more reliable method of dispatching the lil' buggers.
     
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I'd be inclined to boil it first. That way, the only things in the filter are inert.
     
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  12. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    :D Dosen't matter... Obama was reelected....
     
  13. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Are you trying to say, the virus survived ?
     
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  14. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I'd rather save the filters and boil it.

    Did the infections come from tap water or the Neti pot not being kept properly sanitized? As I don't use one, that might be a dumb question. :D :D
     
  15. Ajax

    Ajax Monkey++

    According to the articles it came from the water.
     
  16. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker


    No the parasites voted....
     
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  17. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Although that doesn't change my thoughts on sterilizing the pot, I'd boil the water.
     
  18. Harbin

    Harbin Monkey+

    Just a thought, but how about distilled? Costs about $1 a gallon around here at most grocery stores.



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