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Sawyer Tap Filter: Filtration for urban use.

Designed to provide clean drinking water when urban sources are contaminated or uncertain, the Sawyer Tap connects directly to a sink, water hose spigot or other sources to clean up to 500 gallons per day without the use of disposable filters.

The Sawyer Tap is built from the same proven technology as their other filtration systems, such as the squeeze that we’ve reviewed previously and still use. The filter itself can be repeatedly backwashed and reused after filtering hundreds of gallons of water. removing the need to purchase and replace the filter itself. It includes multiple adapters to connect to most taps, indoor and out, and has a hose to provide flexibility to connect it to low or hard to access spigots. The filter is stated to be able to remove bacteria, protozoa, E. Coli, Giardia, Vibrio Cholera, Salmonella Typhi, Leptospirosis, and microplastics. It weighs about 4 ounces and retails for $40.

Using the filter is generally quite simple. Connect the proper adapter to the tap or spigot, slide that connector into the lipped filter opening, and gently open up the water source until water is flowing through. Just careful to not apply too much water pressure as the filter can pop off. The only real consideration is to ensure the “flow” arrow is pointing the right direction and the seals are fitting well, and that is about it.

Learn more the Sawyer Tap Filter here.

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October 9, 2023

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