Using Your First Portable UV Water Filtration Kit

Portable water filtration methods are many, but the most useful for tastelessly improving the quality of your water will come through ultraviolet light purification. Such models, now relatively inexpensive, can make your next camping or hiking trip much less stressing when trying to find water.

Water purification via ultraviolet light exposure doesn’t actually kill the organisms you don’t want to drink. Instead, the light causes enough damage to make sure they aren’t able to reproduce. Effectively, this limits the bacteria to a very short lifespan and without the ability to create offspring. It’s just as effective, if not more, than outright killing the organisms directly instead.

Since only light is doing the purifying, the taste of the water will be the same as it was before you applied the sterilization. This could work for you, since it won’t add the taste of poor tasting chemicals such as chlorine. At the same time it may not help you, since a water with slight sediment could still taste a little less appealing than what you are accustomed to.

You have the option to use other filtration methods in addition to the portable ultraviolet water purifier. If you do indeed see a cloudy water, and don’t care to taste the free floating particles, you can use a sediment filter to block out most of the particles. Doing so before using the UV treatment is a good idea to prevent any further contamination of your drinking water.

Water is incredibly abundant in nature- odds are you won’t have problems finding it. If not from local water sources, the rain can be trapped and captured to drink. Because the purifiers are built for water purification, and little other liquids exist in nature, you shouldn’t use the purification process for other liquids found in your home. The ultraviolet light and its efficiency may leave something to be desired due to the composition of the liquid helpful resources.

Moving water is always the best to treat. First, it is almost always clear in nature. It also has a uniform distribution of sediments and bacteria. If you only have access to a source of still water, you should shake the sample gently to get the contents moving around. That way the ultraviolet light will be applied to the entire sample evenly. The 99% efficiency rate would otherwise be cut down quite a bit as a result.

In Conclusion

Portable water purifiers always come in handy- even if you aren’t much of a hiker or camper. Keep one in your trunk as an emergency store. You will be surprised at how often the device will come into usage when you need a source of fresh drinking water in a lacking environment.