clean and safe water in an emergency, the scenarios that generally cross my mind are floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. Recently I came across a story about a city in Utah that experienced a water emergency. Interestingly enough, it wasn't related to one of the natural disasters listed above. The drinking water in the northern half of the city mysteriously became contaminated with campylobacter bacteria. Campylobacter causes unpleasant flu-like symptoms.
In response to this contamination, the city asked residents to boil all water for a minimum of 1 minute or use bottled water. They eventually chlorinated the water supply and lifted the boil order (they are still investigating the cause). The entire northern half of the city was involved, including businesses and two schools.
It struck me that there are many situations that could cause a water emergency besides natural disasters. Are you prepared for such a possibility? Do you have water stored? Do you have means to clean and purify your water?
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National Geographic recently had an issue devoted to water. In it, there was a photo and description of how water is purified in remote areas of Africa. Clear 16 oz. plastic water bottles are filled and capped. They are placed on a reflective surface to concentrate the sun's rays. After 6 hours in full sun, according to the caption, the UVA radiation has purified the water in the bottles.
Emergency kit water storage- Definitely do the six month rotation check, our aqua blocks were broken and messed up a few pieces of our bug out bags. If we waited we never would have known.
We have changed our water to bottles and have them within a smaller backpack that can be attached to the bug out bag. Each of our car has a complete 72 hour kit plus clothes and water.