Update: St Paul Mercantile has generously extended this offer though Monday, September 5th, given the interest seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Little did we realize that this month's special offer would have such immediate relevance when we started running it.
Hurricane Irene is providing asomber reminder that having dependable access to potable water is Priority Number 1 in the wake of unexpected disaster. A number of the comments in our thread on Irene written by readers in the hard-hit Northeast detail the tremendous difference between those well-prepared in this dimension and those not.
If you have not yet secured means to reliable, safe drinking water in the event of emergency – whether you take advantage of this offer or not – please make that a priority now.
This extended offer is available until end of day Monday, September 5: St. Paul Mercantile is offering PeakProsperity.com users 10% off it's most popular stainless steel and plastic ceramic water filters. These are highly-effective, highly-dependable solutions that ensure your family will be able to create safely potable water under virtually any conditions.
Specifically, St Paul Mercantile is offering us:
- 10% off all Doulton Stainless Steel Filters (these are the new filter bodies with 4 holes and 2 heavy-duty plugs for those who want to use fewer than 4 candles at a time)
- 10% off Aqua Cera Plastic Body Filters, plus a free upgrade to 10” ceramic candles (in other words, purchase an Aqua Cera 4-candle filter at the website price for the 7” candle model and get a 10% discount plus free upgrade to 10” candles)
- Free shipping on all replacement candle orders (Continental USA Only)
Click here to take advantage of this offer, exclusive to PeakProsperity.com readers.
Many of you may recognize St. Paul Mercantile as one of the providers linked to from our site's popular What Should I Do? guide (which we strongly recommend you brush up on if it has been a while since you've last read it). Given water's criticality to life, there's good reason securing your water supply is this guide's recommended Step 1. Again, we need only look to the developments of the past few days to realize the wisdom of developing solid resiliency on this front.
Here's the excerpt from the guide that speaks to these water filters:
Clean, Clear, Potable Water
I have never yet had to worry about water availability because each place I've lived has had potable surface water nearby. Our current house has a deep well, but I plan to invest in an additional shallow well by drilling down 80 to 90 feet to a water-holding gravel layer that sits under our land. To this shallow well, we'll attach both a windmill (for relatively continuous pumping for gardening purposes) and a hand pump capable of drawing from that depth. We will also be installing rainwater catchment systems to our gutters.
Clean and abundant water is critical for sustaining life, no matter what your standard of living. Some lucky folks have natural springs, streams, or other bodies of water on their property, which can greatly ease the issue of water access in times of emergency. But the emphasis here for everyone, even if you've got water right out your front door, is on cleanliness.
So perhaps now you have stored water or have access to a natural source of water. But how can you be certain that this water is safe to drink? Fortunately, that's easy.
Our family uses a ceramic filter based on proven technology that can render even the most foul pond water into clean, pure drinking water. It has no moving parts – you just pour water in and let gravity do the rest. There's an upper reservoir with filters in it connected to a lower tank.
We happen to use the Doulton filter (more popularly known as the Big Berkey), which also is the filter that appears to be most preferred by members of the PeakProsperity.com community:
- Ceramic filters are extremely efficient at removing particulates and bacteria, and are very long-lasting.
- Water filters through at approximately two quarts per hour.
- Each 7" ceramic candle will filter 535 gallons each (replace candles yearly if using on a continual basis).
This filter removes all bacteria, all other little critters, and even a host of noxious chemicals. We even use it to treat our otherwise perfectly safe well water right now, because it removes even slight impurities and improves the flavor. But having this process be part of our daily life also gives us familiarity and practice in using this system of water filtration.
Knowing that our family will always have clean drinking water, no matter what economic or weather emergency may arise, adds to our resilience. It also gives us a peace of mind that is invaluable.
We like the Doulton in the stainless steel model because it sits in our kitchen exposed to light. If it were transparent, algae and other photosynthetic critters would eventually grow in the tank and shorten filter life by gumming them up. Metal doesn't let the light through and thus keeps the water cleaner.
But the stainless model is a bit pricey (beginning at $178 + S&H), and some folks prefer to buy and stash a cheaper model to be pulled out only under emergency conditions. If this is your plan, long-term algae growth is not a concern.
- Uses the exact same ceramic candle filters as the Doulton model.
- Water filters through at approximately two quarts per hour – throughput can be materially increased by adding more ceramic candles (up to five).
- Clear surface makes it easier to see how much water you’re using up as you go.
We hope these special offers continue to arrive as a welcome boon to those looking to add to their current preps and increase their personal resiliency to what the future may hold. Based on the positive feedback received to date, we'll continue working to obtain more. If there are particular offers you'd like to see in the future, please let us know in the Comments section below.
Full disclosure: Based on our existing relationship with St. Paul Mercantile, PeakProsperity.com will receive a small commission if you purchase through this special offer. This will not impact the price you pay (in fact,as the offer states, you're getting an exclusive price discount not available to the public-at-large). The proceeds we received will be immediately invested to fund new features and functionality for this site.
We’d also love to hear any feedback based on your first-hand experience with the products and vendors that we recommend through these special offers (and elsewhere on this site). Our goal is to ensure that we’re doing our utmost to offer the best guidance for utility, value, and service.