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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!
Update June 17. The Pockets are in stock now and I am currently running a 3 day super sale for the rock bottom price of $255.95. I doubt you'll find a lower price for a brand new Katadyn Pocket. Check it out. Sale ends Sunday, June 19! Check it out here. Update May 8, 2011: Katadyn Pocket water filters are temporarily sold out. We expect a new shipment hopefully in a few weeks. Check back to this blog for periodic updates. I am excited to announce that a shipment of Katadyn Pockets has arrived! on its way to us from Katadyn’s US headquarters in Minnesota today. We should have them in stock on or around April 14th. Email us if you'd like to receive notification when they arrive. See my most recent blogpost for details. The Katadyn Pocket water microfilter is in high demand and out of stock at many online stores and it is easy to see why.  The construction is absolutely solid and is designed to last a long long time. Few portable water filtration systems are better for long-lasting continuous use than the Katadyn Pocket water filter.

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The Pocket features a silver-impregnated ceramic element that's effective against microorganisms even in the worst conditions. The element can be cleaned several times, even on the go. The element filters bacteria and protozoans larger than 0.2 microns (0.0002mm), producing clear drinkable water anywhere. Durability and reliability make the Pocket one of the most reputable and trusted water microfilters you can get. This is the most rugged, longest lasting microfilter available. The Pocket is part of the Katadyn Endurance series, the high end line of water filters that produce up to 100 times more clean water than standard filters. It is also the only water filter with a lifetime warranty. Other features include a gauge that indicates when you should change the filtering element, a base that makes it easy to pump on all surfaces, a prefilter, and a carrying bag. The Katadyn Pocket filter is hard to find online right now, but we have them in stock and on sale at the Highwater Filters Store.* With Free Shipping on all orders over $60, this is a no brainer if you are looking for the Katadyn Pocket water filter at a low price. *Update: The Katadyn Pocket sale has ended as of March 18. Check our facebook page to see if a discount code is currently available.  
Are you concerned about how to prevent water-borne illness while traveling abroad, hiking in the backcountry, or during a water emergency? Well, don't feel alone and don't be discouraged. Portable water filter systems are a great way to make sure you have safe drinking water anywhere.  The best method for you will depend on your individual needs, as well as your personal preference. And chances are, if you are looking for a portable water filter, there's a Katadyn product that is just right for you. [caption id="attachment_40" align="alignright" width="210" caption="Giardia: Trust me, you do NOT want this in your water - or your body!"]drinking-water-giardia[/caption] Three types of micro-organisms that contaminate water sources can turn your adventure, or your avocation, into a miserable experience: cysts, bacteria, and viruses. Cysts are present in most outdoor water sources. Examples of cysts are giardia, cryptosporidium, and amoebas. Bacteria are a common threat of untreated water. Often associated with contaminated food sources, bacteria, like e. coli and salmonella, can infect water as well. The third, and often the most harmful micro-organisms are viruses, like Hepatitis A, Norwalk, and polio. If you've ever encountered anyone with dysentery, or perhaps have been plagued yourself, you know what a damper it can put on a a good time. In 1977, I once traveled from Morocco to Paris on a 2 day marathon road trip, all the while cramped up, feverish, and in constant need of a pit stop. No fun. Believe me, you want to avoid that at all costs. I also contracted Hepatitis A in 1983 on a trip to Guatemala, but didn't realize it until after the communities of Vail, CO and Plattsburgh, NY were put on public health alerts due to my having exposed a number of unsuspecting friends and acquaintances in those places. I'm surprised I wasn't declared Public Enemy Number 1, especially in Vail. I wish I had been a little bit more proactive back then, and I wish I knew then what I know now. Fortunately, today there are effective ways to prevent scenarios like mine from happening to you. The Swiss company, Katadyn, has been perfecting water treatment since the 1930's. It is no exaggeration to state that they are a leader in the water filter industry. Any serious discussion about portable water treatment includes Katadyn water filter products. If you are packing lightly in the backcountry, you will want to consider the signature Katadyn Pocket water filter, which includes a field cleanable 0.2 micron sliver impregnated ceramic filter. With a capacity of up to 13,000 gallons, and a lifetime warrantee, this is the Rolls Royce of portable filters. The Vario water filter is another fine choice, and a bit easier on the pocketbook, combining the two best technologies-ceramic and pleated microfiltration. And to keep your water tasting fresh, there is a replaceable carbon core that also reduces chemical and pesticide contamination. Katadyn Hiker - High Water FiltersFor those desiring more economical choices, who do not want to compromise on quality, the Hiker and Hiker Pro models are two of our most popular, using field-cleanable micron glassfiber and carbon core technology. Other good hiking and camping choices for groups are the elite Expedition model, or the gravity-flow Base Camp model. For lighter trips or for more individual needs, our assortment of water bottles with filtering and purification technology can make great choices. Travelers abroad will find the Katadyn Combi to be an excellent companion. Consider the faucet attachment if you plan to stay in one place for a few days or longer. It works great in R.V.'s and boats too! Any of the models mentioned above for backcountry use can be great for travel, too. Emergency relief workers and military use Katadyn water filters to keep themselves healthy in the field, and for temporary emergency uses. The Ceradyn, Gravadyn, and Expedition models are great for large groups. To give yourself an added sense of security, why not consider our Micropur tablets, which are proven effective against viruses, bacteria, and cysts. They are safer than iodine tablets and meet EPA purification guidelines. At Highwater Filters, we offer a full line of Katadyn products. Check out our store and find the water treatment that’s right for you. We offer free shipping on orders over $60.00 and we have periodic specials, so check back often - or better: follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest deals and closeouts. If you have any questions about any of our products, or our service, shoot us an email, or feel free to comment below. We are enthusiastic about our products and we know you will be too. Thanks for stopping by!
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.
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