Clean water could be Liquid Gold!
This week on Surviving Dystopia radio show I was pleased to welcome Russ Michaud from Homespun Environmental as a guest to talk to us about some of the icky things that can be found in the water you and your family uses and what we can do about them. Whether you’re at home or out on that family outing here’s a cost effective solution to keep the thirst away without the worries of making yourself sick… or worse.
Some of the things we need to keep in mind are the nasty bugs that can be found in water, especially surface water. add to that come chemicals and pesticides maybe some minerals or other contaminants, sometimes making a sip of cool water from a stream not much more than a crap shoot.
A great PDF on some of the issues with water I found and you might like this one on common contaminants
Over the past couple of weeks I have spoken about pinching pennies and bulk buying and storage. Well this week let’s toss in a little water talk. Water is the one thing we can’t go without for very long, 3 days is all it takes without water before we are done for. Just as important, if not more important than food storage and stocking up is the need for clean water.
Right here, right now.. Water flows freely from the tap for most of us. We waste it while brushing our teeth or let it run down the sink to cool off for a nice cool glass of water. But what if a single cup were to become like liquid gold? What if the water around you made you sick because it was polluted? Even your stored water runs out sooner or later… You’re left wondering “What now?”
Talking on stored water, not only does it run out but it is HEAVY, how much can you really carry if you had to leave your home? What if it were a flood that made your water undrinkable or chemicals leaching into the water table? there are many reasons why water is something that needs redundant systems in place but not the least of which is the fact that we cannot do without it!!
Besides filtration there are a variety of things that can be done to purify the water and during the show we touch on some of these. Quickly going through some, first thought was what about boiling? Yes, this is great to remove biological contaminants but is not effective on particulates and chemicals. There is the UV method like what we discussed about the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Personal,Handheld UV Water Purifier
and again it is great for biological but ineffective for particulates and chemicals. Others might include distillation, reverse osmosis, ozone and slow sand filters. Chemical such as bleach and Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets
as well as other means of filtration many that use diatomaceous earth or activated charcoal.
Download and listen to the great show with Russ of Homespun Environmental, It was great chatting while we explored some of the problems with surface water and even ground water and worked with answering questions in chat to determine the best means to make that water potable. Water is heavy and storage can be difficult. Russ shared with us some ideas for keeping your family well stocked with this liquid gold for much less than buying bottled water.
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