I was recently reading a newsletter and as it opened, the first headline was “Health News”. It grabbed my attention so quickly that I thought I would start this month’s newsletter out with the same header. I hope you are smiling!
Actually, after traveling and talking to so many wonderful people about emergency issues this summer, I realize more and more how vital it is to plan for food and water during emergencies and disasters. This month we shall talk about water!
During natural disasters, drinking water is vital. It feeds the body, fuels our cells and keeps us going. If you stay in your home during an emergency or disaster, fill your bath tub, and use the water in your hot water heater as a water source. If you have a swimming pool, you are all set! If you are at home or away from home, here are some great tips on preparing water.
BOIL – BOIL – BOIL Short of using a very high-quality water filter, this is the most reliable method for killing microbes and parasites. Bring water to a rolling boil and keep it simmering for at least several minutes. Add one minute of boiling to the initial 10 minutes for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Cover the pot to shorten boiling time and conserve fuel.
LIQUID UNSCENTED BLEACH
Here’s how: (Store these directions with your emergency bottle of bleach.) First let water stand until particles settle. Pour the clear water into an uncontaminated container and add Regular bleach per the chart listed below. Mix well. Wait 30 min. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat dose. Wait 15 min. Sniff again. Keep an eyedropper taped to your emergency bottle of bleach, since purifying small amounts of water requires only a few drops.
Ratio of Bleach to Water for Purification
- 2 drops of regular bleach per quart of water
- 8 drops of regular bleach per gallon of water
- 1/2 teaspoon regular bleach per five gallons of water
- If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of bleach
After looking near and far, the All in One Filter gives you the ability to use the Sawyer PointONE™ 0.10 Absolute Micron Water Filter attached to a squeeze pouch, attached to a standard 5 gallon bucket, or attached to your home faucet. Using no electricity, the “build your own gravity system” can yield up to 540 gallons of clean water per day from any fresh water source. Kit includes: the Sawyer 0.1 Micron Absolute Micron Hollow Fiber Membrane Screw On/Off Filter, 32 oz Squeeze Pouch, 2 Pop-up Drinking Spouts, 1 bucket adapter kit, 1 faucet adapter, and 1 filter cleaner. Life Expectancy: 1 Million Gallons Guaranteed. Be aware that this system does not remove chemicals or metals. If you want to use it with swimming pool water, the pool water must begin to turn green to show that all chemicals are gone. It works on river, pond, creek, faucet, and stored water. Bucket is not included. This filter is available on the Kits and Books page Check out the video of how this system works https://vimeo.com/39282405
The smaller Mini-Water Filtration System is also available for hikers and people traveling overseas, and in third-world countries.