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  Sorry, this sale is over. Check back soon for more great deals on Katadyn and other water treatment products. All Katadyn water filters and accessories have been deeply discounted to help usher in the Fall Season here at Highwater Filters. You won't find lower prices anywhere on the web during this two week blowout sale. Katadyn sets the standard in portable water filtration. Rugged construction, reliability and easy portability make it a must in many backpacker's, prepper's or relief worker's gear. With the holiday seasons just around the corner, it's a good time to get prepared and make sure you are protected when the need strikes. Check out all our Katadyn products and make sure you peruse our great selection of portable, non-electric water treatment including Sawyer water products, the LifeSaver portable water distiller kit, the LifeStraw, and a variety of home water treatment products. Just visit us at highwaterfilters.com for all your water treatment needs. Thanks for supporting Highwater Filters and other small and local businesses!   
[caption id="attachment_1254" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Rainshow'r Dechlorinating Shower, Bath and Garden Filters"][/caption] I've had a few customers ask me about shower filters so I did some research and found a U.S. company that has great filters at reasonable prices. I am excited to add Rainshow'r products to my growing inventory of American made water treatment. I'm so impressed with the construction of these filters. The reviews I've read are glowing so I'm pretty sure you will be happy with one of these products if you live anywhere that chlorinates the water. Chlorine is a toxin but is an effective chemical for treating water and many of our municipal water supplies are treated this way. But it dries out the skin and damages the hair. Here's a great solution. They are easy to install in most showers. They come in an assortment of models with interchangeable shower heads, if you need one. They even make a Chrystal Ball, if you prefer baths.  Rainshow'r also sells an assortment of garden filters and I will be listing these soon. It's time to start planning our gardens, if you haven't already. Winter is still hanging on out here in Washington, but Spring is definitely in the air. I've got all Rainshow'r products marked way down as an Introductory Offer. Some of the items have limited inventory, but I'll order more soon based on interest. Order today so you don't miss out on this great offer. It won't last long! Thanks for stopping by!
We at Highwater Filters feel strongly about helping those in need during these hard economic times. The holiday season can be especially difficult for those who are out of work, or homeless. 5% of all purchases during the month of December at Highwater Filters will be donated to food banks. If you know of a particular food bank that you'd like to suggest, please send us an email (info@highwaterfilters.com), or comment below.

Announcing our Holiday Store-wide Sale! 

Two weeks only. Everything at Highwater Filters is on sale during the first two weeks of December. So not only will you be helping hungry families this holiday season, but you will enjoy some phenomenal deals during this limited sale. Please consider supporting local businesses during the holidays.

Stay safe!

Sale Held Over until Tuesday! Announcing a 3-day ~ Super Sale on all Sawyer products. 20% Off! Made in U.S.A. Sawyer water filters and purifiers have become a popular brand among backpackers, campers, and preppers. There's a good reason for that. They are super lightweight, affordable and made in the U.S.A. Sawyer is a leader in pump-less portable, non-electric water treatment. They make inline filters for your hydration pack or drip filters with storage and dispensing vessels (pouches) to make water treatment almost effortless. Their latest Squeeze bottles are the lightest water filters on the market. They also make water purifiers if you are planning to go overseas or preparing for disaster. At Highwater Filters, we have a complete inventory of Sawyer products ready to ship to you today! Please check out our great selection. Did I mention that Sawyer filters and purifiers have a one million gallon guarantee? You can't beat that. Water filters make great gifts and it's not too early to shop for those loved ones who is difficult to please. A Sawyer water treatment product is sure to put a smile on their faces. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your savings. But hurry. Sale ends Sunday.
[caption id="attachment_926" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Katadyn Hiker"][/caption]   I've just marked down the Katadyn Hiker Water Filter to the low, low price of 49.95. You won't find it lower than this anywhere. Go to the Highwater Filters store for this and other great bargains. Hurry, Sale ends Friday, August 5!
Sale extended until Friday, July 29! I am so excited to introduce Sawyer water filters and purifiers to Highwater Filter's growing inventory. Sawyer water filters and purifiers have a great reputation. I am always keeping my eyes open for new products and I visit forums where backpackers and survivalists meet and share information. I am impressed with what those "in the know" say about Sawyer products. Not only are they quality products made in the USA, but they are affordable. These are two of my main  criteria when looking for new products. My excitement runneth over so much that I am reducing all Sawyer products by 20% for one week only. Check out our large selection of quality Sawyer filters and purifiers. See why backpackers and survivalists are more likely than not to recommend Sawyer products to those wanting a good and affordable way to make water drinkable. Check out the great bargains on Sawyer products at the Highwater Filters store. Sale ends Tuesday, July 26th! Thanks for stopping by. :)   Up! $50 Off Katadyn Pocket starting July 19, 2011 for one week only! You must use this discount code in order to qualify: PKTSVR. In addition, I am also offering free shipping on this item. Hurry, Sale ends July 26th! We are also offering $100 Off for Katadyn Expeditions, plus free shipping. Discount code: EXPSVR. Sale ends July 26th!

 

Sorry, this sale is over. Check back for future sales and specials!

I'm so excited to announce the opening of my new storefront at Highwater Filters! Stop on over and pick up some great deals and help us celebrate. And please spread the word so your family and friends can take advantages of the great deals on everything from Katadyn portable waterfilters (including the Katadyn Pocket Microfilter), LifeSaver, T.R.A.P. radiation filters, PurestOne home water purifiers! Limited time only so go check it out now.
Humans have been using ordinary sand since ancient times as a way to remove contaminants from water. But now researchers from Rice University in Texas have developed a more efficient and effective "super sand" through a simple process that coats course sand with graphite oxide to improve contaminant retention and flow rate. With the abundance of sand throughout the world, and with graphite waste in abundant supply, this method is very cost effective. With so many high tech solutions to world problems, it's encouraging to see a growing number of low-tech, affordable remedies to our world's water crisis. With economies in the tank all around the world, we need to keep costs in the forefront of our minds when creating the solutions we so desperately need. For more info: BBC News
Leave it to the Japanese. When adversity rears its ugly claws, they dig in their heels. A big campaign to save energy is underway and as the summer approaches there are innovative new products on the market to help beat the heat. As air conditioning is turned off, escalators and elevators stationary, and lights dimmed, the people are meeting the challenge head on. The term setsuden is Japanese for "energy conservation". After the tragic events following the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, it is logical that with diminished electrical generation and costly alternatives, conservation is the best way to solve the problem. I was just saying the other day that the answer to the world's energy crisis might lie with Japan. All we need to do is to follow in their footsteps. Conservation is the single most effective and efficient way to combat our increasing energy dilemma. I've been preaching this for years. If we in the U.S. could cut our consumption in half, we'd still be about equal to what the Japanese per capita consumption rate was before the disaster. We have plenty of room for improvement. The world can greatly benefit by following Japan's lead and creating a world-wide campaign of setsuden. Read more here: Japanese Times photo credit here: Design you trust. Thanks for reading!
Stop by our Grand Opening Sale at our new Highwater Filters storefront and get 20% Off the entire store! Pockets marked down to $279.96! Update June 16. 8:30 pm pst: I am disappointed to say that the order due today failed to reach its destination. I went to UPS and inquired. They don't know why it didn't but told me it will probably be here tomorrow. So we wait another day... Thanks for your patience! Update: June 16. The Pockets are scheduled to arrive today! I just got off the phone with Katadyn and they checked the tracking and the shipment is due sometime today. I am going to wait until they arrive to take orders. Check back or email me for a notification to be sent immediately upon delivery. Thanks for your patience! I am so excited. Not only is summer officially less than two weeks away, but I have a huge shipment of Katadyn Pocket water filters on their way from Minnesota. I expect to have them delivered by early next week and I plan to celebrate by marking them down to a rock bottom price for a very limited time. Check back here to find out when this flash sale will take place. I am thinking of a number.... How about 20% off? This will be a three day sale starting as soon as the shipment arrives. For 3 days, or until supplies last, I will sell the Pockets for $255.95. I think that's the lowest we've ever sold them for. I have also just received an order of Katadyn Combis, which are like the little cousin of the Pocket. A very good pump filter at about half the price. I have the blue model, which is the same as the black Combi, except for the color. I've marked them down to $159.95 for a limited time only. Although summer is almost upon us, it's still very chilly here in Eastern Washington state. As soon as it warms up to beach weather, I will be announcing a Super Summer Store-wide Sale, so keep checking back. If you'd like to be notified as soon as our sales are announced, send an email to info@highwaterfilters.com and I'll put you on the notification list. Make sure you check our other great water treatment products at our Highwater Filters store. Thanks for stopping by!
  This idea seems crazy to me, but studies have shown that drinking water with trace amounts of lithium has been linked to lower rates of suicide. A recent study conducted at the University of Vienna in Austria, compared suicide rates and amounts of naturally-occurring lithium concentrates. Other studies in Texas and Japan support the link of higher concentrates of lithium to lower suicide rates. This latest study has led some researchers to suggest adding trace amounts of lithium to drinking water supplies, much like many municipalities add fluoride. This is not a new idea and in the past it was met with too much resistance. I have to say that I would not support any initiative to add lithium to drinking water supplies. But it's worth further consideration for some people to decide whether they would benefit from adding lithium to their water. Maybe there could be a filter that could accommodate folks who want to opt for lithium water. To read more see Mail Online.
This is huge folks. I just read about a group of researchers at McGill University in Montreal who developed an inexpensive, point of use water filter that is effective against bacteria that cause illnesses like giardiasis and cholera. From Environmental Health News: "A simple and inexpensive filtering system could provide safe drinking water for millions of people who are in short supply of clean water, especially following natural disasters and other emergencies, report McGill University researchers who devised the first-of-its-kind system. People without a reliable source of potable water could use the paper filter, which is impregnated with small particles of pure silver that kill disease-causing bacteria as they pass through it. Very little silver escapes the portable filter, which could provide an efficient source of potable water to alleviate diseases – such as cholera and giardiasis – that are associated with drinking foul water." More to come. I wanted to post this ground-breaking, news-breaking story  as soon as I saw it. You heard it here first!
We have just received our first shipment of TRAP radiation filters and I am so excited to have them available for sale at Highwater Filters. The TRAP home water filter was developed by NuWater Concepts after the recent earthquake in Japan and the subsequent nuclear disaster that has left many citizens of Japan, and others across the globe, feeling vulnerable to the fallout of iodine-131, cesium-127, and other radioisotopes. Now you can rest easier knowing that the TRAP radiation filter removes radioactive particles from your drinking water. How does it do it? With a proprietary layered blend of activated carbon, zeolite, and polymer beads. The TRAP is the first home water filter of its kind to directly address the immediate needs of people facing the dangers from nuclear fallout. We've got two different countertop housings to hold the TRAP filter. I hope to add an undercounter model sometime in the future. Everything is made in the U.S.A. I am thrilled that I can ship the TRAP radiation water filters to Japan and worldwide. Cost estimates for shipping are available when you add to your shopping cart. For more information, check out my Highwater Filters website. Thanks for reading!
I often visit forums and blogs where questions are posed regarding the type of water filter a consumer should buy. The number of different answers almost surpasses the number of choices a person has for water treatment. It can be a daunting task to decide which kind of filter best meets your particular needs. Although I’ve been passionate about clean water for a long time, I have only just begun to learn about water treatment. I am happy to share what I have learned here on this blog. Some key things to consider when choosing a water filter: • Where will you treat the water? Will you be wilderness hiking or camping? Will you be traveling overseas? Will you be in areas where disease outbreaks are prevalent? Will you have access to electricity? Are you looking for an emergency filter that is lightweight and portable? Do you want to treat water from your tap? • What is the water source that you intend to treat? Is the water in a remote wilderness location? Are you treating surface water from a creek, river, lake, or sea? Do people or industry exist nearby? Are there any known sources of contamination in your water source? Does your tap water come from a municipal water supply? Do you have well water? It would require a sizable book to fully cover all the different needs and best solutions for water treatment. The following just scratches the surface, but may be useful if you are trying to choose the right filter for your situation. I took the following information about water-bourne microorganisms from some promotional material I received from the Katadyn company:

Do You Need a Drinking Water System?

Microorganisms generally come from human or animal waste and are spread by rain and run-off. A pristine stream may be safe one day and contaminated the next. It all depends upon what’s happening upstream. Since you never know what’s in the water, it makes sense to always protect yourself with a quality water system. Beware of these three types of microorganisms: Cysts. Cysts are present in most outdoor water sources. Their relatively large size makes them easy to filter but their protective shell strongly resists chemical treatment (examples: Giardia, Cryptosporidium). Bacteria. Bacteria are a common threat in untreated water. Most quality water microfilters remove bacteria. (examples: e coli, salmonella). Viruses. Viruses are the least common microorganism, however they can also be a serious health risk. Viruses are typically too small to be removed by a water microfilter and require chemical disinfection (examples: Polio, Hepatitis A, Norwalk Virus,). Other concerns that many people around the world are struggling with are the existence of many water contaminants that originate from industry, or from illegal dumping of toxic contaminants. Accidental and deliberate spills happen every day and fines often aren’t severe enough to act as a deterrent to polluters. The pursuit of new energy sources has created some serious environmental problems. (See my previous post on hydro-fracking.) Heavy metals lace our water and soil in many of our communities. There is also a long list of chemicals that people around the world must now contend with in their drinking water. The latest threat that the people of Japan and surrounding areas are facing is contamination from the nuclear power generators that were damaged during their recent earthquake. Emissions from the Fukushima plant are at dangerous levels and swaths of the area surrounding the plant have been evacuated. There is a big demand for water treatment that eliminates radioactive particles. The good news is that a company in California, Nuwater Concepts, has developed a home water filter (TRAP) that removes radioactive particles of concern released from nuke plants. I’ve been working with them to keep me supplied with this new product and I expect to receive my first shipment sometime within the next week. I've already got them listed in my Highwater Filters store, but not quite ready to take orders yet. Please check back to see when they become available, or email us at info@highwaterfilters.com to be notified as soon as they are available for sale in our webstore. If you are backpacking or hiking in the wilderness, or traveling overseas, Katadyn water filters are a popular Swiss-made brand of water filters that to those in-the-know are considered one of the best filters available anywhere. If you are concerned about your home drinking water, it behooves you to get your water tested in a lab. This will greatly benefit you when choosing a water filter. [caption id="attachment_393" align="alignleft" width="150"] The PurestOne home purifier[/caption] We just added the PurestOne home purifier that I think is one of the best deals on the market. It’s well-constructed, carries a lifetime warranty on the housing, and removes an impressive amount of contaminants from your tap water. And it’s made in the U.S.A. Feel free to comment on this blog and ask a question about your specific water treatment need. If I don’t know the answer, I can at least try to find out. Thanks for reading!

Happy Earth Day from Highwater FiltersIn celebration of Earth Day, I am announcing a flash sale of 15% off everything in the Highwater Filters store!

If this isn’t exactly “Earth-shattering”, it is the first time Highwater Filters has reduced every item in our store ALL AT ONCE. We will even include already marked down items and special deals from the Katadyn line of water filters, cartridges and refills so you will get an additional savings over the already discounted prices. So hurry to our customer-friendly online store for your Earth Day savings. This deal will only last until midnight pst. Don’t delay or you’ll have to pay!  
Update June 17, 2011. I've just received a big order of Pockets and even though the new manufacturer's retail price is $349.95, I am reducing my price for 3 days to $255.95! Or until supplies last. Don't miss out on this Super Sale. Prices are going up soon.   Update May 8, 2011: Sorry but we are temporarily out of stock of the Pockets. We expect a new shipment by the end of the month. Check back for updates. We just received a brand new shipment of Katadyn Pocket microfilter water filters so we are fully stocked and ready to sell. We are so excited that we have even reduced the price for a limited time. Get one while the sale lasts! Only $289.95!
I made this fun video for all my survivalist friends. Don't get stuck without your Katadyn Pocket water filter when emergencies hit. Be prepared! Check back later today or tomorrow to see if our shipment of new Katadyn Pockets has arrived. We will update our website as soon as they do. Enjoy! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U582zGRiEc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Just arrived and on sale! Check out our store for more info. I am excited to announce that a shipment of Katadyn Pockets is on its way to us from Katadyn's US headquarters in Minnesota today. We should have them in stock sometime next week. The Pocket is by far our best seller and it's easy to understand why. It's rugged construction and superior silver impregnated ceramic filter are what has created such a strong demand for this product as of late. Many online retailers are back ordered on Pockets. With a capacity of up to 13,000 gals and a lifetime warranty, you can't go wrong with this filter. Penny for penny, it's the best deal around. [caption id="attachment_165" align="alignright" width="150" caption="penny for penny, the best deal around."]The one and only[/caption] News this morning of another earthquake off the shores of Japan brings new concerns for a possible tsunami. As people are being evacuated I want to extend best hopes that another disaster will be averted. It's times like this that make people aware of how very vulnerable we are. This is why the Pocket has been so hard to find lately and why so many include them in their emergency disaster preparedness kits. It's a good choice for personal use for disaster relief workers as well. Because of high demand the manufacturers in Switzerland can't keep up with all the orders. If you'd like to be put on our email list for notification of when the Pocket will be available, please email us at info@highwaterfilters.com And look for discount promo codes on select products, including the Expedition, coming soon.
Yesterday ended Highwater Filter's pledge drive to donate 10% of sales from our Highwater Filters store to disaster relief efforts in Japan following the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and currently the nuclear emergency that threatens the area surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plant. I am pleased to donate $225.00 more to the charity Architecture for Humanity. See my previous post to learn why I chose this non-profit to donate to. Thank you to everyone who chose Highwater Filters to purchase your portable water treatments from. Please follow us on facebook and twitter to learn of upcoming special promotions and sales. May the recovery efforts in Japan lift the spirits of a very traumatized nation and may the Japanese people overcome the tremendous loss they are currently experiencing.