Activated charcoal – A great item to keep on hand, especially with concerns over water purity.
If you have any concerns over your stored water having an off taste or maybe having become contaminated, this discussion is for you. And yes, I keep several Sawyer Mini water filters, at home & in my get home bag. Such items are great for purifying water. Yes, you can drink pond water thru one of these, but the water will smell & taste nasty.
With all the current discussion over water storage, due to the extreme weather conditions many are experiencing, I thought I might suggest a solution to those concerned with the purity of stored water. That would be storing bulk quantities of granular activated charcoal (also referred to as carbon). Granular Activated Charcoal removes harmful elements from water including copper, chlorine, carbohydrates and other dissolved organic materials. It also takes out sulfa drugs, antibiotics, and other medications.
I keep a 5 gallon pail, or 15 lbs of this in storage. Keep in mind activated charcoal is a completely different item than regular charcoal. Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions. It is this extra processing of the charcoal that makes this product so adsorbent. Yes, adsorb… not absorb. Absorption is the process in which a fluid is dissolved by a liquid or a solid (absorbent). Adsorption is the process in which atoms, ions or molecules from a substance (it could be gas, liquid or dissolved solid) adhere to a surface of the adsorbent.
Our typical water filtration devices, such as Sawyer do a good job of removing harmful things from the water but don’t usually remove the foul smell sometimes associated with standing water. If you add activated charcoal filtration, that will make the water smell better and also helps remove some additional toxins from the water. I keep some of these cartridges on hand, as they are refillable and can easily be attached to your portable water filters. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007U0184/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=prepperforumsconvert-20
I get my 5 gallon pail of the activated charcoal here. That site is loaded with great info.