Highwater Marks

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.        
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.
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!