Highwater Marks

Here we demonstrate how to avoid the problem of bucket water warming up too fast by cooling the Vortex coil directly in the river. Worked like a charm.

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Let us never forget the tragedy following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan a year ago.  On March 11, 2011, life changed irreversibly for many people living in proximity to the nuclear power plant at Fukushima. From now until Monday, I will donate 10% of all purchases to the victims of Fukushima. Proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity, who have been working courageously to provide housing to those who lost everything a year ago. Visit our Highwater Filters web store to get the best prices on Katadyn, Sawyer, TRAP radiation filters, LifeSaver portable distiller kits, PurestOne, and more. Thanks for caring.
[caption id="attachment_165" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="On Sale Now!"]The one and only[/caption]       Sorry, the sale is over. Check back on March 11 when we will be having a very special sale in commemoration of the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima.   Highwater Filters is celebrating our very first year of sales on Friday, February 24. We want to invite you to join us in commemorating this milestone by offering you the lowest price on the web for the Katadyn Pocket. $250! I've checked around. The lowest I can find is on ebay for $264.99 (with free shipping) so I am going to set this very special anniversary sale price at $250! [caption id="attachment_1204" align="alignright" width="149" caption="One year and counting..."][/caption]   This sale ends Friday so don't delay! We so appreciate all the folks who helped us make our first year a big success. It's hard to believe it's been a year since our first sale. The memories are vivid as we launched the site that day a year ago and then watched as.... nothing happened. At least not right away. And then the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan struck and turned our world upside down. On March 11, I woke in the middle of the night and could not sleep. I then did something I don't normally do in the wee hours. I went online. And it was in the early morning of March 11 (or probably March 12) that I learned of the tragedy in Japan. I didn't realize how catastrophic it was at the time. I didn't realize how it would impact my business. But when people around the world witnessed the devastating aftermath of the tsunami, we collectively realized our vulnerabilities. And access to clean drinking water is a priority for people in a disaster. As the events in the wake of Fukushima unfolded were realized, orders for the Katadyn Pocket soared. The manufacturers in Switzerland could not keep up on orders. Their North American headquarters in Minnesota were backed up with thousands of orders. And I happened to be well stocked with the Pocket. I've continued to keep our inventory well stocked as I watched Katadyn increase their prices over and over again. The manufacturer's retail price was $269 when I first started my business. They list for $369. today. That is a hefty increase and I've begun to notice other resellers dropping the Pocket from their product offerings. I may end up doing the same after my stash is depleted. Look for another sale on the first anniversary of the Japan earthquake. That will be a more somber day, but let us not forget the victims of the terrible tragedy a year ago. So many lives lost and so much damage to the people of Japan. My heart goes out to them. Thanks for stopping by! To purchase the Katadyn Pocket for the low, low price of $250 please visit our Highwater Filters store.        
The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a dire warning to the world after a meeting of climatologists in Kampala, Uganda. Get ready for extreme weather as a result of global warming. Heat waves, floods, droughts, and storms will intensify with the warming of the planet and most countries, and people, in the world aren't prepared. The CDC, FEMA, and other government agencies have been conducting  media campaigns to recommend that every American household has an emergency disaster plan and supplies. Every family should have emergency essentials packed in case they have to leave home fast in an emergency situation. Things to consider are food supplies, water, warmth, health, and safety. Are you prepared for extreme weather and natural disasters? Are your neighbors? Friends? Family? Some may scoff, but let them. They won't scoff when they find themselves in an emergency, whether they prepared for one or not. Read more in Are You Ready? More about the panel's announcement here. And please check out Highwater Filters for all your water treatment needs. Thanks for reading!      
Japan Disaster Relief As the news of earthquake and tsunami damage, nuclear meltdowns, and evacuations of swaths of Japan continue to be unsettling, I am compelled to try to help in some way. I thought about donating an Expedition water filter, but I’m not really sure how to go about that. I realize that cash donations to disaster relief organizations are the best way to help those in dire need. But how do I decide which charity will use the money for the most good? I decided to do a Google search and found the website Charity Navigator. They have a multi-point formula where they rate organizations on how they use their funds and they give percentages of how much goes into administration, how much comes from fundraising, the amount that goes to Directors’ salaries, etc. They give the charities efficiency ratings and based on a set of logarithms they come up with an overall star rating system. It all looked good to me, but how was I really to know if the Charity Navigator was legit? Well, I Googled them to find out. Sure enough, I found a website that criticized their rating system. Then I thought, well, what if the folks at this blogsite are biased? I then thought about googling them to see if I could find an axe they were grinding, but I realized this type of cyber investigation could be endless. I decided to trust in the Charity Navigator since they explain how their rating system works and I found it very helpful for choosing what group to give my money to. I donated to Doctors Without Borders after the Haiti Earthquake and was happy to see that they rated high. I also liked the looks of the group Americares. So I sent them both donations. As a new start-up online business, I am committed to providing a service to those who may be traveling overseas to help victims of disasters and I have pledged at least 10% percent of my profits to charity. But for the immediate needs of those in Japan, I am going to go even farther. From now until the end of March, for every purchase you make at HighwaterFilters.com, I will donate 10% of the proceeds from your total order to a group aiding earthquake survivors. If you have a specific charity that you support and want to give a recommendation, I will be happy to consider. Thanks for your business and for helping those in need!
This morning’s earthquake in Japan may go down in the record books in magnitude, and tsunami warnings have put many coastal communities on high alert around the world. As I write this, the size of the tsunamis and the extent of damage have yet to be seen. Many island people and those living along the coasts of places as far away as Mexico, Canada, and the entire west coast of the U.S. are on alert. This is a big one, folks. I couldn’t sleep early this morning so I got out of bed and went online. When I saw the news reports, I was dumbstruck. I thought about the people I know in the Philippines who were being evacuated to high ground. I thought about my good friends who called me just a couple of weeks ago from Hawaii, who must be glad that they didn’t delay their vacation until now. I thought about my son, who attends college at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA, on the north coast of our state. I thought about all the people in Japan who are dealing with such incredible devastation. My heart and best thoughts go out to all people who are dealing with the tragic events of this day. I understand that Japan leads the world in emergency preparedness. Devastating earthquakes in 1923 and 1995 were incentives to build sturdier buildings and to educate citizens on how to stay safe during emergencies. I’m not sure if people in Japan keep a water filter for emergency use, but it wouldn’t surprise me. At times like these, stores are flooded with people stocking up on provisions, including bottled water. Stocks can be wiped out in a very short time. Food and water can become scarce during emergencies. Being prepared can be life-saving. Having a good portable water filter is always a good idea if you are concerned about natural disasters in your area. If you have to leave home fast, having an emergency kit available to grab and go will save precious time and will help you to deal with potentially dangerous situations. Earthquakes and floods can render drinking water undrinkable, unless you have a way to filter or purify contaminated water. If you want to be prepared for any situation, here are some suggestions for what to include in any emergency kit from FEMA’s website, Ready America:
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
In addition, there are many secondary items to consider like prescription drugs, diapers, pet foods, important documents, and cash. For a complete list, click here.