Updated on December 29, 2023


Created on August 1, 2016

LifeSaver® Jerrycan 20000UF

Third-party Tested

A portable container to store and treat dirty water through ultrafiltration.

Developed By
  1. Lifesaver
Tested By
  • U.S. Army Public Health Center
Content Partners


Product Description

The LifeSaver® Jerrycan is an 18.5 L container for raw water and a replaceable ultrafiltration cartridge for drinking water treatment designed by Icon Lifesaver® Systems, Ltd to remove viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites and for group expeditions, adventurers embarking on overland travel, families or those setting themselves up for off-grid living.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Lifesaver directly through its online page and response to disaster events in collaboration with organizations such as DFID and Oxfam.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Manufactured by LifeSaver in the UK

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Icon Lifesaver works with international organizations, charities and governments including: DFID & Oxfam to help distribute Lifesaver technology. It can also be purchased online at LifeSaver.

Distributions to Date Status

As of 2021, more than 25,000 units have been sold to date. Interview with representative

Target use case

Individual, household and community

Manufacturer-specified flow rate (L/hr)

210 L/h (3.5 L/min)

Bacteria reduction

6 log

Type of membrane filtration


Virus reduction

4 log

Protozoa reduction

3 log

Heavy metals and/or arsenic reduction


Maximum recommended influent turbidity level (NTU)


Effluent turbidity levels (NTU)


Material of construction

All plastics used in the production of LifeSaver products are food grade and BPA and BPS free.

Safe water storage capacity (L)

Not included

Manufacturer-specified lifetime volume (L)

20,000 L

Design Specifications

The LifeSaver® Jerrycan consists of an 18.5 L container for raw water and a replaceable ultrafiltration cartridge for removal of microbiological contaminants including all microbial pathogens, cysts, parasites, fungi, and waterborne bacteria and viruses. It is composed of one single unit containing a removable pump for filling, an ultrafiltration membrane activated carbon filter, connected to a tap. For use it must be filled, then pumped and filtered water will come out of the tap. The product's dimension are 360 x 180 x 51 mm, and it has a dry weight of 3.9 kg. The jerrycan must be primed before first use according to instructions. For routine use, the container is filled and the pump pumped several times to pressurize the jerrycan. Treated water is accessed through the outlet tap. Additional pumping can increase flow. The filter should not be allowed to dry out and water should be flushed through the jerrycan on a regular basis if not using regularly. The user should not operate the pump if the jerrycan is empty. Usage should also be stopped if no water is flowing from the tap as the filter could be clogged or damaged.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support provided by the user.

Replacement Components

Available online


20,000 L; or if water spits from the tap or if water is flowing slower than usual even after cleaning the jerrycan. This product has a warranty of 2 years.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Performance targets are to achieve > 99.99% virus reduction, >99.9999% bacteria reduction, >99.9% Cyst Reduction via Ultra Filtration.

Vetted Performance Status

Third-party tested such as the Department of the U.S. Army for E. coli, Ms2 Coliphae and Fr coliphaege and criptosporidium parvum.


Potential hazards include the consumption of unsafe water that can lead to gastrointestinal problems due to failure to follow the use and maintenance instructions of the user manual.

Complementary Technical Systems

Safe water storage container for treated water and optional activated carbon filter to remove chlorine, taste and odor.

Academic Research and References

Wong, TengKe, 2014, “Evaluation of Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) Alternatives in Ghana,” dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA.

Trinh, Ngoc Dao, 2018, “Development of a Decentralized Drinking Water Treatment Plant Based on membrane technology for rural areas in Vietnam,” Kessel University Press, pp. 38.

Nicholas-lope, J., Rodolfo-Sifuente, K., Hamlett, L. D., and Mathews P., S., 2019, “Plan for the Improvement of Water Treatment in Emergencies for El Cuerpo de Bomberos,” Worcester Polytechnic Institute Digital WPI

Caniato, M., Barbieri, J., Riva, B., and Colombo, M., 2016, “Energy Technologies for Food Utilization for Displaced People: from identification to evaluation,” IRIS Politecnico di Milano.

Cart,” LifeSaver, 05-Jul-2018. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/cart/

“Jerrycan Water Purification Containers – Camping, Overlanding,” LifeSaver. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/products/jerrycans/

“LifeSaver Water Purifiers sent to Indonesia,” LifeSaver, 05-Oct-2018. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/news/lifesaver-water-purifiers-sent-to-indonesia/

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, “UK Aid Match,” GOV.UK, 15-Feb-2016. Available: https://www.gov.uk/international-development-funding/uk-aid-match

“Oxfam International,” Oxfam International. Available: https://www.oxfam.org/en

“LifeSaver Portable Water Filters,” LifeSaver, 20-Apr-2017. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/product/lifesaver-jerrycan/

“Goal 6,” Sdgs.un.org. Available: https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal6

M. Pritchard, “Water container,” 20120187005:A1, 26-Jul-2012.

“LifeSaver Continues to Work Hand in Hand with Oxfam and DFID,” LifeSaver, 16-Apr-2015. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/news/lifesaver-continues-work-hand-hand-oxfam-dfid/

“Department for International Development,” GOV.UK. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

“LifeSaver Portable Water Filters,” LifeSaver, 20-Apr-2017. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/product/lifesaver-jerrycan/

“LIFESAVER JERRYCAN INSTRUCTION MANUAL Pdf Download,” ManualsLib. Available: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/867457/Lifesaver-Jerrycan.html

“Lifesaver Jerry Can Water Filtration System,” Mule Expedition Outfitters. Available: https://dasmule.com/products/lifesaver-jerry-can

“LifeSaver Jerrycan Replacement Cartridge,” LifeSaver, 20-Apr-2017. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/product/lifesaver-jerrycan-replacement-cartridge/

“Product Manuals/Test Results,” LifeSaver, 22-Jun-2018. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/info/product-manuals-and-test-results/

“LifeSaver Jerrycan meets NSF Protocol P248 standard for U.S. Military,” LifeSaver, 04-Jan-2019. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/news/lifesaver-jerrycan-meets-nsf-protocol-p248/

“Wastewater Protocols,” NSF. Available: https://www.nsf.org/water/onsite-wastewater-systems/wastewater-protocols

“U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” US EPA. Available: https://www.epa.gov/home

“Water Purification Products – Removes Virus, Bacteria & Protozoa,” LifeSaver. Available: https://iconlifesaver.com/products/shop/


Compliance with regulations

Meets the NSF Protocol P248 Military Operations – Microbiological Water Purifiers based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guide Standard.

Evaluation methods

Filters have been tested for microbial removal by a third party.

Other Information

LifeSaver Jerrycan User Manual. LifeSaver has other products including the LifeSaver bottle, emergency preparedness packs, LifeSaver cube and LifeSaver C2.

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