So there's a lot of confusion about the difference between water filters and water purifiers. So here's a down and dirty breakdown of what the difference is. So a water filter will remove things such as dirt, minerals, debris, and such from the water. It will NOT remove bacterial, viral, and fungal organism from the water. Filtration basically makes the water more paletable but does NOT make it fully safe to drink. Water purifiers will kill bacterial, viral, and fungal organisms. They will not fully remove things such as dirt, minerals, and debris from the water and some water purifiers can even be damaged by dirty water. So the best course of action is to filter your water first and then to purify it so it is safe to drink. I'll discuss different means to filter and purify water in a later post.