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Posted on May 18, 2010

How Should I Prepare for Emergency Water Purification?

Blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes. It doesn’t matter if it’s winter, summer, fall, or spring because when nature strikes, it doesn’t wait for human approval. Flooding is one of the most destructive disasters left behind because of how long it can stay around. As floods rise, contamination of freshwater sources like streams, rivers, and lakes is a constant danger. As the seasons change, water contamination should be expected. The wise homeowner will have an emergency water purification plan to fall back on.

Since blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes have the ability to leave behind floods in cities, it is important that people everywhere understand how to prepare properly because you need emergency water purification. Here are some tips when dealing with murky, foul-tasting water. You know enough not to drink this kind of water because of the negative effects it will have on your body. You’ll want to purify the water before you do things like bathe, cook, or brush your teeth. Here are some ideas to master before a disaster surprises you.

You’ve heard it before. Boiling contaminated water will work great. By boiling, it will remove most of the chemicals in the murky water left behind by floods. Most of the pathogens introduced into the water can be taken care of with boiling. If the water you’ve just boiled still looks cloudy, filter the water through a clean cloth. Doing this will remove larger particles. After you’ve boiled and filtered the water, place it in a clean, covered container. The boiled water will taste better if you transfer it from one container to another. Doing this will get some oxygen into it. Oxygenating the water is part of a good emergency water purification plan.

If the resources to boil water are not available, (because in many disasters they won’t be), try disinfecting the water. You can do this by adding 8 drops of common, unscented chlorine beach to every gallon of water. Make sure that you allow the water to settle. This treatment is call chlorination. Doing this will eliminate the microorganisms in your water. You can also filter the water after chlorination if it still looks cloudy.

Although boiling and chlorination do kill microbes, they don’t remove contaminants like heavy metals, salts, and most other chemicals. Distillation, on the other hand, is a great emergency water purification device.

In order to distill, fill a pot halfway with water. Tie a cup to the handle on the pot’s lid so the cup is hanging right side up when the lid is upside-down, (we don’t want the cup dangling though), and boil the water for 20 minutes. A distillation involves boiling the water and then collecting the vapors that condense into the cup.

You can also purchase filtering devices before a disaster to be prepared for what might happen. Filtered drinking straws and sports bottles are the simplest of these because they allow you to drink immediately. You can also purchase larger machines, even family-sized machines, that decontaminate several gallons of water a day. The family-sized machines can be found for less than $100.

Just as you prepare for a fire with an escape route, learning and practicing emergency water purification procedures will help you to get ready. One outstanding way to prepare for any emergency is to put into storage as many gallons of clean and filtered water as you may need so that you have a water reserve to turn to. In order to have an ample source of reliable filtered water, installing a home water filtration unit like those that Aquasana supports means that you are ready to provide to your family healthy water on a daily basis and you have all you need to store in the event of an emergency.

It also means that in an emergency situation, as soon a syou can get water form the public water reserve, your Aqausana water filter system will assure that it is free of dangerous water contamination that may have invaded the public water supply during the crisis. This is just good emergency planning, so that even the most dire circumstances will not catch you or your family by surprise.