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While we all know the importance of filtering our survival water, many of us never give a thought to replacing the survival water filter in our survival water filtration systems. You do not want to be miles from the nearest trailhead when you realize you have a clogged filter.
The frequency in which your survival water filter will need to be replaced depends largely on how frequently you use it, and how clean or dirty the water you are filtering is. The more sediment and contaminants in the water supply, the more often your survival water filter will need to be replaced.
During times of high water runoff, such as in the springtime when the winter snowpack is melting, or after a heavy rainfall, the sediment content can be high enough to render even the largest filters inoperable after filtering just a few gallons. Most of the Katadyn survival water filters can be cleaned to some extent, which might improve the water volume flow a bit, but you will never be able to completely clean the unit. Most of the Aquamira filters are self-contained and difficult if not impossible to clean.
If you use your survival water filter a lot, especially filtering water with a noticeable amount of sediment in it, you will need to clean or replace it frequently. If you only use it a few times a year filtering relatively clear water, you might get by only replacing the filter every other year.
Most manufacturers recommend replacing your filters every 6 - 12 months. We would agree with that recommendation if you are filtering a good amount of dirty water, but for the average user under normal conditions, we know you can get 2 or even 3 years out of the medium to large size filters. One would be lucky to get a full season out of a small filter such as a straw type.
With some filters, you also need to change the carbon (charcoal medium) which is used to remove chemicals, bad taste, and odor. This should be done at least annually.
Regardless of the amount of use, if even once, at the end of the season before storing it away for the winter months, you should at least take your filtration system apart and clean all the parts you can. White vinegar is excellent for cleaning your filter system. After cleaning all parts, the O-rings and seals should be very lightly lubricated with petroleum jelly. If the survival water filter needs replaced, this is a great time to do it so it is ready to go come spring.
Even if you know your survival water filter is clean or you have a brand new one, it is always a good idea to have a new spare on hand, and there is no better place to guy it than right here at SurvivalGearShack.com. We have your back when it comes to your survival!