Safe Drinking Water from a Straw: Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System


Filling a Mason Jar with Clean Water from the Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filter

When an emergency strikes, basic human needs like food, water and shelter become a priority. Access to safe drinking water should be top priority, to avoid exposure to potentially contaminated water and waterborne diseases. Even in countries where most homes are connected to municipal water supply or private wells, these systems require power to operate. Severe weather and other emergencies can take out power to a well’s pump for extended periods of time, quickly leaving homes dry and their residents facing possible death due to dehydration. It’s widely understood that we can only go no more than three to seven days without safe drinking water or liquids. In places where it’s hot or humid, far less time than that, especially if you're exerting yourself.

Having a stash of bottled water can be extremely valuable, but this requires preparation and only provides a limited supply of clean drinking water. What if there was an easy, lightweight and reusable way of safely filtering water in an emergency or while participating in outdoor activities like wilderness hiking and camping?

The Micro Squeeze water filtration system by Sawyer utilizes a simple pressure-based filter system to allow for the removal of 99.99999% of bacteria like salmonella, cholera and E. Coli and 99.9999% of protozoa such as cryptosporidium and giardia. All of this is accomplished without the need for electricity, batteries, chemicals, replacement cartridges, or bulky equipment.

The key to the Micro Squeeze’s effective water filtration is their unique hollow fiber membrane technology. The Micro Squeeze features a cluster of micro-fibrous tubes rated for 0.1-micron filtration that captures any harmful bacteria and protozoa and allows the safe water to pass through the filter. Despite the high level of filtration, the Micro Squeeze still manages to achieve a high flow rate that’s very practical for quickly refilling water bottles or developing clean water for cooking.

Filling up the Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filter 

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