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First Need® Base Camp


The First Need Base Camp Portable Water Purification System employs General Ecology, Inc.’s proprietary Structured Matrix™ purification technology that instantly purifies without needing harmful chemicals or electrical connections, producing great tasting purified water from fresh water sources. Structured Matrix technology has been Independently tested and documented to meet the EPA Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers against bacteria, cysts, and viruses.  

  • Purifies water instantly
  • Removes: bacteria, cysts, giardia, crypto, viruses, particles, tank taste, odors, specific organic chemicals
  • Bottled water quality at a fraction of the cost

First Need® Base Camp includes a stainless steel housing, double action field-serviceable pump with pre-filter, RS-1SG cartridge, and a tote bag.


  • Base Camp — P/N 703300
  • For Cold Water Use Only – Does not Desalinate
  • Particle Retention — 0.4 micron
  • Nominal Capacity* — 500 gallons (1,900 pints)
  • Minimum Operating Temperature — 33°/*F (0.5°C) DO NOT FREEZE
  • Max Operating Temperature — 100°F (38°C)
  • System Weight — 5.5 lbs (with dry cartridge)
  • Replacement canister — RS-1SG, P/N 788000

*Performance may vary according to influent water quality.