Got Water?

Got Water?

Caught this in the news over the weekend.  Would your water preps be in order if the following happened to you today?

Hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia were still without clean tap water for a third day Saturday following a chemical spill, with an official at a water company saying that it could still be days before drinkable water returns to homes.The company told residents in nine counties to not drink their tap water or use it to bathe or wash dishes or clothes after a foaming agent used in coal processing escaped from a Freedom Industries plant in Charleston and seeped into the Elk River. The only allowed use of the water was for flushing toilets. The order applies to about 300,000 people.

via Tap water may be out for days after W.Va. chemical spill | Fox News

Water PreparednessWater is essential to life.  You should never have less than three days of water on hand in your home, at work or in your car (and should have significantly more at home).  For the folks in this West Virginia community they can still purchase water from outside the affected area…but what if that wasn’t an option?  Make sure that you have water reserves on site, as well as both near term and long term water resupply plans with adequate resources to purify.  At the Jackson home we have water stored, the ability to harvest rainwater, an intermittent stream and pond a hundred feet from our back porch and a spring fed lake on family property very close by…along with the ability to purify hundreds of thousands of gallons before we would have to rely on boiling or distillation (if water was polluted).

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2 Responses to “Got Water?”

  1. Bill says:

    There are a lot of highly recommended water filters. Would any of them have provided safe water in the W. VA situation or would they provide safe water from a creek in an urban area where street run-off with gas and oil goes into the creek?

    • admin says:

      There are a number of ways available to make even polluted water safer. In addition to reverse osmosis systems (some designed to work in oily water) you can use distillation, solar stills transpiration bags (which use vegetation that’s improved water quality by processing it through the plant’s system) as well as higher end filter systems like Katadyn or Berkey systems. Focusing on one contaminant may blind you to the others but if there are particular pollutants more prevalent in your area tailor your options to those pollutants…in my area it’s agricultural pesticides.

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