It is good to have an emergency water filter system in place these days. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, storms and tornadoes are occurring with greater frequency now than they did 20-50 years ago. And this trend is not about to change.
Adverse climate changes are such a big problem, that there are conferences at the UN and governmental level trying to fight it.
During natural disasters, the ponds, rivers and streams that supply water to the plant can be contaminated with some harmful contaminants. The water can become very murky, foul tasting and smelly. What is worse, city purification can break down during natural disasters, making contamination even more likely.
Authorities may have to temporarily shut down the water system so as to protect people from getting sick.
So, what can you do to improve water safety during a natural disaster:
1. Boil water. This may sound basic but it is one of the best things you can do make your water drinkable during a natural disaster. Boiling water will help get rid of the chemical contaminants that have boiling points below the water boiling point.
It will also get rid of the harmful pathogens that can give you some serious stomach illnesses.
2. Use a cloth. After the water cools, pour the water through a cloth and into a container so as to remove large particles.
3. Add chlorine tablets. If you don’t have access to fire to boil the water, you could use these tablets to kill micro-organisms in water. If you don’t have the tablets, you can also add 8 drops of unscented bleach to every gallon of water.
4. Store water. Just as how people plan an escape route in the event of a fire, you can store gallons of clean water prior to a natural disaster.
5. Have an emergency water filter system in place. You can install a home water treatment device for your home. You have this in place so that when the water supply is eventually turned back on, the home water treatment device gets rid of contaminants that invaded the water supply during the crisis.
A home treatment unit works 24 hours a days, 7 days a week to ensure that your tap water is the cleanest it can be. The trick is, to make sure that the treatment unit you buy is of high quality. With so many of them on the market, it may not be easy to know which ones are quality and which are not.