Why Do We Purify Clean Water in Survival?

children-770258_640Some people may wonder why they have to clean or purify water that already looks crystal clear. It sounds silly to have to clean water when water is used for cleaning. Despite how silly it may sound, cleaning water is an absolute must that can truly be the difference between life and death. When you think about our water supply, it is exposed to a lot more than we care to think about. It comes from rivers, lakes and streams. There are not “lids” or tight covers protecting the water from the environment.

Animals use the water for drinking, bathing and their own personal toilets as do humans camping or spending time in nature. You wouldn’t drink used bathwater or water from the toilet bowl, which is basically what water found in nature is.

Water that looks crystal clear and refreshing, is likely full of some pretty nasty bugs. Protozoa, bacteria, parasites and viruses are invisible to the naked eye. Those things are floating around in that water that looks so clean. Those things will make you extremely ill to the point death may very well be a possibility. Nearly all of the contaminants result in the same symptoms;lifesaver bottle

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Lethargy

These symptoms quickly lead to dehydration, which can be life threatening when there is no clean water to drink.

Some of the harmful contaminants in water are as follows;

  • Viruses i.e. E coli, salmonella
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Botulism
  • Cholera
  • Chemical run-off, fertilizers

These things and many more can make their way into the water whether an animal actually pooped in the water or not. When it rains, the water will flow down hill and into the main water supply. This leads to all kinds of harmful contaminants making their way into water that may have been clean at one point.

Never risk your life by drinking water that has not been purified and/or filtered. You cannot see what is in the water and it could very well cost you your life.

Prepping for the Unexpected

solar weather can impact us

I am pretty sure the people in Russia were quite surprised to be hit by a 10 ton meteor today. I think it made the flyby of a much larger, and very close meteor that much more worrisome.

The meteor that passed the Earth today was the largest object to ever pass so close to the Earth. Meteors are very heavy for their size. If you found one that looked like you could easily lift it, you would probably be surprised to find it unwilling to budge. Continue reading

Lifesaver Home Water Systems

Have you checked out the Lifesaver water filtration systems yet? If not, you should seriously consider adding Lifesaver products do your disaster supply list. Let me tell you why…

In the even of a disaster such as a flood or hurricane, normal water sources can be contaminated very quickly. You can literally be surrounded by water and unable to drink it for fear of getting sick – or worse. Continue reading

A Safe Water Supply

 

Yesterday I mentioned that inland flooding is a big issue after a hurricane. Flooding is also a danger in areas that get heavy storms. Here recently, severe thunderstorms prompted a flash flood watch for the area I live in.

Plenty of Water, But…

While you may realize that flooding is dangerous and causes a great deal of property damage, what many people don’t realize is, flooding makes the water supply unsafe. Flood waters contaminate the fresh water supply of an area.  Continue reading