(Please start with the first article in this series.)
In the previous article, we looked at Red Cross and FEMA recommendations for treating dangerously contaminated water in an emergency. In this article, we want to take the first step to understanding WHY they recommend what they do. We need to start with a deeper understanding of water and water contamination…
POINT #1: water is water. So what do I mean by this? What is the difference between highly salty ocean water, stinky pond water, chemically contaminated water in a superfund site, or pure, distilled water? There is NO difference in the water. Water is water. The difference is the contaminants that are in the water. Remove the contaminants, and the water is the same. In fact, water continually recycles throughout our environment and it has a built-in cleaning mechanism called the hydrologic cycle.
POINT #2: you can NOT tell if your water is dangerously contaminated by how it looks, smells or tastes. Even if water looks crystal clear and tastes great, it can contain dangerous contaminants in the water. The fact is, we live in a contaminated world and we have created highly refined, very toxic chemicals that can be dangerous in extremely small quantities.
POINT #3: water contamination is not one-dimensional. There are different categories or types of contaminants that can be in water. These types of contaminants are…
Our mission at EmergencyWater101.com is to is to educate the public, first responders, and emergency response leaders about safe drinking water in an emergency.
Safe drinking water is something that we take for granted in daily life, but when our infrastructure fails in a crisis situation such as a hurricane, earthquake, massive blackout, or an act of terror, water can quickly become dangerously contaminated. By providing people with trusted, scientifically sound information about this vital subject, we can give people the means to protect their families.
It all comes down to EDUCATION.
Our training starts with the guidelines published by the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). These guidelines are solid, scientifically-based and practical. We fully support these recommendations.
These guidelines are a good starting point, but it’s important that you know more. You need to understand…Read More >
Please allow me to make a ridiculously obvious point; being prepared means that you get ready BEFORE an emergency strikes. Afterwards is too late!
It takes some foresight to get prepared, and yes, you may even Read More >
In an emergency, collecting rain water can be a useful way to get pure, safe drinking water. However, there are some things you need to know to ensure its safety.
First, let’s look closer at rainwater. Rain is the source of all fresh water on the planet, including lakes, rivers, streams, glaciers and underground reservoirs. For the most part (I’ll explain in a minute), rain is very pure water.
RAIN WATER’S JOURNEY
So where does rain come from? Most rain starts as highly contaminated ocean water.
Ocean water contains high levels of salt and other contaminants. Ocean water is basically poison to us, thus a person stuck on a raft at sea will often die of dehydration. So how does this water turn into high-purity rain water?Read More >