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The Outback™ Water Purification System for Emergency Preparedness, Survival, Camping, 

Food Storage Programs and Disaster Relief

Water, Water Everywhere and not a drop to drink...


Flooding often fouls municipal water systems. Earthquakes damage pipes and infrastructure causing water contamination. Power outages due to storms leave people without the electricity required to move water to their taps. Be it flooding, hurricane, tornado, earthquake or National Emergency, it is wise for everyone - every family - to have an alternative source of safe drinking water. Affordable, cost-effective and easy to use, The Outback™  is the perfect emergency water source for you and your family.

The Outback™ is a gravity-powered™ system that purifies water from almost any fresh or moving water source. Rugged and durable, it was designed to be used not only during emergencies but for daily use when municipal systems are compromised or in undeveloped areas where potable  water is not available. 

The Outback's™ design has been proven effective by rescue, relief and religious organizations in Latin America, Africa and Asia and throughout the world. It is currently used by such organizations as the U.S. Government, Red Cross, Youth Mission, Boy Scouts of America, Samaritan's Purse, Mormon Church (LDS Church), NW HardRain Expeditions and a multitude of  Local Fire Departments. 

In addition to it's value during emergencies, The Outback™ is now recognized as the most critical component of any well planned Emergency Preparedness - Survival or Food Storage Program. It's the missing piece of the food storage puzzle - eliminating the need to store huge quantities of water.

Simple enough for a child to operate (How it works), just pour water into the upper chamber through The Outback's™  pre-filter net to remove large particles of sediment and debris. The various Outback™ systems deliver 6 to 48 gallons of purified water per day (depending on system type and source water conditions). FEMA, Red Cross and other agencies recommend an emergency supply of at least 1 gallon of potable water per person per day. Most purification systems produce only enough water for an individual. The Outback™ will easily purify water for an entire family for the duration of an emergency.

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How it Works


These portable water purification systems eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses, including E.coli, Cholera, Hepatitis and Polio. The "FF" systems' 0.5 micron filter removes cysts to levels exceeding EPA standards - achieving greater than 4 log (99.99%) reduction rate as tested by NSF (National Sanitation Foundation).  Additional purification can be gained through the use of chlorine or iodine. The "NF" systems (using the "Nano" pre-filter) go farther by removing viruses - achieving greater than 4 log (99.99%) virus reduction rate.

Just pour the raw or questionable water through the Pre-Filter net and into the upper pail or optional gathering pail. (The Source water container).

Stage 1:  Pre-Filter net removes debris and large sediment particles.

Optional Stage::  (Optional when using an OB-FF system) The addition of 1 Tablespoon of regular household bleach* or 1 iodine tablet** destroys bacteria and virus that may be present in the water. (Follow instructions for specific contact times which may vary based upon water quality.)


This is not necessary when using an OB-NF system because the NF7 filter removes viruses, along with bacteria and cysts.

Stage 2:  The Pre-Filter sleeve removes contaminants down to 5 microns in size.

Stage 3:   In OB-25NF - Nano Pre-Filter removes microbial contaminants such as bacteria and cysts and viruses.

In OB-25FF - Sediment Pre-Filter removes contaminants down to 0.5 microns in size, including the removal of bacteria and cysts.

Stage 4:   A Multimedia cartridge removes many industrial and agricultural contaminants as well as chlorine, iodine and bad tastes and odors.

*Bleach not provided

**Iodine Tablets sold separately

Flow Rate

6-48 gallons/day based on system selection

Prefilter Capacity (Stage 3)

Replace every 6 months or when flow slows below operational level

Mixed Media Cartridge Capacity (Stage 4)

OB-25 Systems:  1800 gallons or 12 months (whichever is first)

OB-22 Systems:  1200 gallons or 12 months (whichever is first)

Assembled Dimensions

OB-25:  12" x 12" x 24"

OB-22:   9" x 9" x 18"

Assembled Weight

OB-25: 5.94 lbs

OB-22: 3.50 lbs

Boxed Dimensions: 

OB-25: 12" x 12" x 16"

OB-22: 12" x 12" x 12"

Shipping Weight:

OB-25: 7.04 lbs

OB-22: 4.50 lbs

Still unsure that The Outback™ is the answer? Below is a charted comparison of emergency use products which will help you to make a decision. Many of these products are clearly NOT practical for emergency preparedness, food/water storage or for disaster relief application, as many of these devices are only designed for recreational use.

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Product Comparison Chart For Emergency Water Supply        
  Filtration and Purification Options   Water Storage
  The OUTBACK™ Purification System Ceramic Filtration with 2 9" SS Ceramics Manual Filtration Pump Filtered Water Bottles Water Filtration Straw  

Bottled Water or Packaged Water


Stored Water

(55 Gallon Containers)

Initial System Cost $159.00 $245.00 $95.00 $50.00 $25.00   1.00 to 4.00/gal $0.00
Treatment Capacity in Gallons 1800 1500 100 100 50   stored amount Untreated
Cost Per Gallon  (first year as % of system cost) 0.09 0.16 0.95 0.50 0.50   1.00 + *** 0.00
Removes Bacteria  x x x x x   x  
Removes Cysts x x x x     x  
Removes Virus x           x  
Removes High Levels Of Turbidity & Dirt x           x  
Removes many Environmental Contaminants x x   x     in question  
Uncomplicated and physically easy to operate x x   x x   x  
Washable Pre-Filters To Avoid Premature Product Failure x              
Highly Durable Unit & Filters (resistant to breakage) x     x x      
Portable Supply x x x x x      
Treats A Wide Variety Of Water (Surface, Swimming Pool, etc) x x x          
No Moving Parts to break or wear out x x   x x   x  
Requires minimal Storage Space x x x x x      
Indefinite Shelf life x x x x x   Must replace 2x/year  
Practical for Emergency/Disaster Application x              
Made In USA - Systems and Components x              
Cost of replacement filters 79.25 89.00 40.00 50.00 25.00      
Replacements for family of 4 (to produce 1500* gallons) 0.8 1 15 15 30   100% replacement 100% replacement
Cost to produce 1500 gallons of water (an "apples to apples" comparison) $132.00 $245.00 $655.00 $750.00 $750.00   1500.00 Unknown
Total Cost per gallon 0.09 0.16 0.44 0.50 0.50   1.00 Unknown

 *Emergency planners (FEMA and RED CROSS) recommend a water supply of 1 gallon/day per person for drinking and hygiene.  Evaluation based on 4 people.  

** Bottled water pre-treatment varies from brand to brand, is not regulated and cannot be verified

 *** Cost represents bulk rate cost without consideration of yearly replacement, disposal cost, etc.    

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