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Adapting your Hydration Bladders for an In-Line Filter

Michael
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Marlborough, MA
Post #: 171
Filtering water on the go is a major sustainment issue for Preppers. After all, you can’t live for more than a few days without water!

If you’ve read the “Water Purification Thread” on Mass Preppers here: http://www.meetup.com...­, then you already know that I LOVE the Sawyer In-Line filtration kits. But how can you adapt your hydration bladder to fit the filter?

I’ll show you how!
Michael
user 8365788
Marlborough, MA
Post #: 172
Let’s start with the Source Hydration bladder (my current favorite bladder company). Unlike the CamelBak products, Source uses male/female disconnects at both ends of the drinking straw, which makes it a little more difficult to adapt. Here is what you need:

1. A Source hydration bladder (http://source-militar...­)
2. Sawyer In-Line Filter Kit (http://sawyer.com/pro...­)
3. Two Female 1/4" In-line Hose Barb APC Series Acetal Coupling Body w/Shroud – Shutoff (http://www.usplastic....­ [currently $5.39 per connector])
4. 1’ of ¼” INTERIOR dimension flexible hose (a 20’ length is available at Lowes for approximately $6.00)





Next, cut a 2” section of the plastic hose. Make sure to cut both ends as square as you can. I used scissors to make the initial cut, then trimmed them carefully with a sharp knife.


Push the connectors into the tubing making sure the fit is tight at the top of the hose. If you are finding it is difficult to get the connectors into the hose, heat a coffee cup’s worth of water in a microwave, then dip the tubing in it to warm the hose. Once the hose is warm slipping the connectors on should be easy. “Set” the connections by running them under cold water to shrink the tubing.


We’re finished with the prep work! Connect the short black tube that came with the Sawyer kit to the gray end of the filter and slide it into the bladder’s connector.

Now slip on the double ended female connector to the blue end of the filter & drinking tube and you are done! Now we can dump “gray” water (water that looks clean but hasn’t been filtered yet) directly into the bladder. Once we take a pull from the drinking tube the water will be forced through the filter and be cleaned.



IMPORTANT! Filtering water doesn't eliminate any of the live viruses in it because they are smaller than the filter. ALWAYS add some chemical water treatments into your bladder and wait the specified time before consuming!

Chemical Water Treatments on Amazon
Michael
user 8365788
Marlborough, MA
Post #: 173
Now let’s modify your CamelBak bladder for a Sawyer 3 Way In-Line Water Filter.
Here is what you will need:

1. Any Camelbak (or knockoff ) hydration bladder (confirm the inside dimension of the hose is ¼” by measuring it)
2. Sawyer In-Line Filter Kit (http://sawyer.com/pro...­)
3. One Male 1/4" In-line Hose Barb APC Series Acetal Male Insert - Straight Thru (http://www.usplastic....­ [currently $.85 per connector])
4. One Female 1/4" In-line Hose Barb APC Series Acetal Coupling Body w/Shroud – Shutoff (http://www.usplastic....­ [currently $5.39 per connector])



First we need to cut the drinking hose on the CamelBak. Measure approximately 4” from the bottom of the connection at the base of the bladder and make your cut.

The we need to add our connectors to the hose. The male end goes on the line still connected to the bladder, the female end on the opposite side of the cut.


We’re finished with the prep work! Connect the male/female connectors to the Sawyer filter and you are done. If you don’t want to use the filter, just take it off and reconnect the hose.




IMPORTANT! Filtering water doesn't eliminate any of the live viruses in it because they are smaller than the filter. ALWAYS add some chemical water treatments into your bladder and wait the specified time before consuming!

Chemical Water Treatments on Amazon
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