Are You Prepared For A Drinking Water Emergency?

No Clean Drinking Water In West VirginiaWe’ve achieved the enviable distinction in this country of having safe drinking water whenever we turn on the tap.  While water filters will help to refine and improve taste, there are very few instances where we find our water to be undrinkable.

Until recently, of course.

Earlier this year, coverage of the MCHM chemical spill in West Virginia and E. Coli contamination of water tankers in New York has brought into shocking light just how unprepared most of us our for a drinking water emergency.  Thousands in these states are now learning just how upside down and difficult life can truly become when clean drinking water is no longer a given.

The question, then, is there anything that we can do to prepare ourselves for future drinking water emergencies?  Fortunately, yes.  Brought about in seemingly equal parts by camping fads, survival prepping movements and the need to provide clean drinking water to those in more impoverished parts of the world, there is seemingly no shortage on water filters and filtration products that can be trusted when a situation becomes a full-blown emergency.

Drinking Water Emergency Early Stages: Testing
As seen in both West Virginia and New York, the earliest stages of a drinking water emergency will be filled with instantly outdated news coverage, anger and confusion.  Perhaps the biggest unknown, seen particularly in West Virginia, will be just how far the emergency has spread.

In these instances, water test kits will be some of your strongest allies.

WaterWorks Handheld UV LightOn our site, we are happy to offer water test kits designed to test for bacteria, lead and more.  We are even happy to offer the Handheld Ultraviolet Light, shown to the left, that can instantly help detect the presence of coliform or E. Coli.

While these tests are by no means fool-proof, and should never take the place of having your water professionally tested if you feel as though there may be a significant risk to your health, these kits can help you to quickly identify some of the more major contamination issues.

As a note, if you pull your water from a private well, it is recommended that you test your drinking water once or twice per year, typically in spring and fall when organic contaminants become more common.

Drinking Water Emergency Middle Stages: A Run on Bottled Water
As confusion turns to panic, stores will see run on bottled water.  As the MCHM contamination incident in West Virginia grew worse, emergency shipments of bottled water needed to be trucked in and distributed by the National Guard.

W9330229 Doulton Undersink Filter HousingIn the case of the West Virginia situation, we do need to take time to indicate that any water filters or filtration product that we sell – even those designed for emergencies – are not certified to reduce MCHM, as so little is known about this chemical.  But there are several types of water filters and filtration systems that are certified to reduce more well known, but just as potentially dangerous, water contaminants.

Manufacturer Doulton offers ceramic water filters that are certified to reduce up to 99% of harmful bacteria, including the E. Coli bacteria that is currently plaguing New Yorkers, that fit compactly into an undersink filtration system housing like the one shown to the left.  Apart from the housing and filter, you’ll just need some O-rings and lubricant to get yourself set-up.

Another option is a filtration system from Katadyn, including a microfilter system, that has quickly become a go-to brand for campers and survival preppers.  Katadyn also offers the only water purification bottle registered by the EPA for complete anti-microbial protection.

Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier BottleFinally, there are purification systems offered by Berkey, including travel purification systems that are easy to pack and portable water purification bottles that are easy to grab and go, that are among the most advanced filtration systems on the market today.  Both types of systems have been tested to filter virtually contaminants from even the most stagnant sources of water.

Drinking Water Emergency Late Stages: Go Military
Fortunately, a long-term drinking water emergency where water is undrinkable for months is a fairly unlikely event.  Even the unprecedented chemical spill in West Virginia had cleared within a matter of weeks giving way to water once again safe to drink (though the definition of ‘safe’ is still under debate.)

In the event that we do find ourselves in a long-term drinking water emergency, the types of systems recommended above will remain some of your best friends and strongest allies.  But another ally you could call upon, provided you acquired them in advance, are water purification tablets, like the military grade tablets from Aquamira below.

Aquamira Water Purification TabletsWater purification tablets have a long shelf life, are light and small enough to fit into nearly any pack, and in the case of  Aquamira, are EPA certified to reduce bacteria, cysts and viruses.  They can even help your water to taste better, which will be a welcome creature comfort should you find yourself in an emergency situation.

Have you prepared yourself, your home or your family for a drinking water emergency?  If so, we’d love to hear more about what steps you’ve taken via a comment below.

If you are interested in buying emergency water filtration products, or building a water filtration system in your home, we would encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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Dirty Drinking Water In Sochi Highlights Need For Portable Water Purification Solutions

Dirty Drinking Water In Sochi“My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” #Sochi2014

The Tweet above – currently going viral – was posted by Stacy St. Clair, a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, currently in Sochi, Russia to cover the Winter Olympics.  When arriving at her hotel, no doubt thirsting for a glass of clean drinking water to combat travel dehydration, she was given the warning above – best described as ‘ominous’ by CBS Chicago writer John Dodge.

Even when ‘clean drinking water’ was restored in St. Clair’s hotel room, it looked less than desirable.  The photos above show the drinking water that St. Clair was eventually able to pour from her hotel faucet.  We’ll let you speculate on just how to define that color.

The issue St. Clair is facing is not a unique one.  Portable water purification is a critical factor whether you are traveling overseas or traveling just over yonder.  Below, find some of the more common instances where you’ll need a good portable water purification solution – and some products we offer that can help:

When Camping, Hiking or Backpacking:Aquamira Water Purification Tablets
There is perhaps no time when you’ll run into more dirty drinking water than when in the great outdoors.  The CDC, in fact, dedicates an entire resource section to ensuring you are aware of the very real risks posed by drinking water found in lakes, streams and rivers while camping – as contamination by algae blooms, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella and more are frighteningly common.

Fortunately, there are dozens of water purification, treatment and filtration products geared towards outdoors enthusiasts – from those that go on short hiking or backpacking excursions to those that embark on weeks long camping expeditions.

One of the more popular forms of portable water purification are water purification tablets.  Water purification tablets from AquaMira, offered on our site in sizes ranging from 10-packs to bulk 50-packs pictured and linked to above, are registered by the EPA to remove all sorts of nasties ranging from bacteria to viruses.  AquaMira water purification tablets even make your water taste better!

8014931 Katadyn Vario Backcountry Series Microfilter Water FilterAbove and beyond water purification tablets, a popular water treatment option to help purify drinking water while camping is the Katadyn portable water filter, pictured to the left.  Designed to pump fast, this filtration system will reduce up to 99.9% of common bacteria.

If you are just hiking or backpacking, water treatment tablets and basic portable water filtration bottles make for a clean water system that is easy to use, carry – and of course – trust.  The Ultralight Katadyn Green Deer Bottle is one such bottle we recommend for light camping, backpacking or hiking packages.

When Traveling Abroad or Out of State:
Different travel scenarios will have different needs and be governed by different rules.  For instance, a filtered water bottle is great for nearly any trip, but can be a bit of a burden to pack into your carry-on.  If full of water, you won’t get past security, in fact.

If you are traveling to any state or country, we would recommend that you first check-out the water quality in your destination.  The EPA offers a great page sharing Local Drinking Water Information by state while the CDC offers a comprehensive resource sharing health information for international travelers.

Nubo Bottle Filtered Water BottleA basic package we would recommend to nearly anyone that travels in-country or abroad is similar to what we recommend for campers above: a few water purification tablets and a good, eco-friendly filtered water bottle – like the Nubo filtered water bottle to the left.  Combined, these make for a good, affordable water treatment option perfect for nearly any traveler.

When Motor Homing:
Not all camping takes places in a tent and not all travelers wind up in hotels.  For the motor homers and RV enthusiasts out there, there are numerous solutions to ensure you drink only the cleanest water, without ever needing to leave your home on wheels!

We are happy to offer a dozen options worth of RV water filters, including the inline filter from Culligan below.  If you are about to embark on an RV adventure and need help finding the right RV water filter, I would encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

RV-EZ-3 Culligan Level 3 Easy-Change RV Inline Water Filter SystemIf you are looking for any other portable water purification options for your next trip or excursion – whether your destination is deep in the heart of Russia or just on the outskirts of California’s Redwood Forest, we would encourage you to call our customer service department at the number above.

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