Category Archives: water purification

Water Filters and Failing Municipal Water Systems

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Corrosion in the city water pipes, Flint Michigan

One thing that I have been concerned about is the fact that we are no longer maintaining much of our infrastructure properly.  Just look at the problems with water systems, levees, bridges and highways that have occurred over the last few years.  While these failures are all bad the one that concerns me the most are the water system failures.  While there have been numerous small failures, two large ones have recently came to light that bring the problem into focus and show why you need your own water filters.

In 2011, the state took over control in Flint after a budget emergency.  …

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8 Myths About Water purification that can Make you Sick

water purificationWater purification and storage is one of our most important preps, but unfortunately, there are a number of myths in circulation that will cause problems for people.  Here are a few that you need to be aware off.

1, It is a myth that you need to boil your water to make it safe to drink.  Water boils at 212 degrees. However, getting your water to a temperature of 150 degrees pasteurizes it.  Boiling Water Verses Pasteurization to Make Safe Drinking Water

2, Running water is safe to drink. Don’t believe this one. Remember it came from somewhere and there could be a dead animal between you and the source.  …

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Solar Powered Well Pumps can Solve your Water Problems

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Grundfos Solar submersible pumps

For many of us having a good water source will be one of our most important assets.  Depending on where you live, a good well can provide all the clean water that you need.  Unfortunately, for many of us, the water table has dropped and wells can be deeper than a good hand pump can reach.  Recently I received the following question from a reader, “Our well is 600 feet deep.  Do you have any suggestions as to how to access water from that depth in the event of a power outage?  We are looking at installing an appropriate sized generator but the generator is only as useful as the amount of fuel available”.…

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Cleaning Up your Home and Food Storage After a Flood

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flooding

With all the floods occurring on the East Coast and the prospect of more to come this winter, I thought it might be a good time to post information about cleaning up after a flood.  Now of cause how much of this applies to you depends on how severe the flood affected your home.

Once the floodwaters have receded and the property can be accessed safely, you should begin cleanup.  The most important steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property.  The longer that water/waste are allowed to remain in your home or on your property, the greater the potential for illness and irreparable damage to your home and its contents.  …

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Guidelines For, and Questions from beginning Preppers

beginning preppersI receive quite a few questions from people in all stages of prepping.  Many of these are from beginning preppers.  These questions are valuable to me; they help me to understand what you need.  The whole reason I write this blog is to share information and help people prepare.  Everytime I receive a question, I figure that for everyone that writes there are many others who have the same question.  So keep sending your questions and ideas and I will keep trying to answer them.  Understand that sometimes your answer may be delayed while I do research or check with others who are more knowledgeable than I am.  …

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Boiling Water Verses Pasteurization to Make Safe Drinking Water

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a good rolling boil

For many years, we have been told to boil water that may be contaminated by bacteria.  Some groups have given different lengths of time that the water should be boiled. I have heard times of up to twenty minutes.  Now none of this is bad advice, but it is not the best.  Boiling water when it is unnecessary is a waste of fuel.

When you are boiing water you are raising the temperature to 212° F, but pasteurization only requires you to raise the temperature above 149° F.  This will make a significant difference in fuel usage.…

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Understanding the Various Methods of Water Filtration or Purification

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Here are some of the various options. Click on this picture to make it larger

Water filtration or purification is an extremely important skill for preppers.  But it is an area in which I see a lot of confusion.  There are many different systems that are available and all of them claim to be the best.  So let’s review some facts about water filtration and purification that will help you to determine which filters you need.

There are three main processes for water filtration or purification, they are chemical, ultraviolet light or filtration.  Today we are going to discuss the various options.…

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Sillcock Keys, The key to Finding Water In the Cities

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A four way Sillcock key, your best choice.

If you live in the city or an urban area, you will notice that many of the water faucets cannot be turn on without a special key.  This is called a Sillcock key and can be purchased at any hardware store or on Amazon for around 3 dollars. Sillcock keys can also be utilized to access water in many state or federal parks and in many highway rest areas.

Once you know what to look for you will see these outlets in the walls of many buildings.  Now you may think that if the water is turned off these would be useless.  …

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Fish, Game and Sewage-Polluted Waters

Yesterday I received the following question regarding the blog I wrote on sewage-polluted sewage-pollutedwaters.  If sewer water ends up in nearby lakes and ponds, would fish and game still be a reliable food source? This is a tough question, because I don’t know a clear cut answer.

Under normal circumstances, I would say to avoid eating and fish that was caught in sewage-polluted waters.  As far as game, I would normally avoid them if they were drinking the contaminated waters.

But we are talking about after a major disaster and food may be in short supply.  If I had a well-supplied deep larder, I would avoid consuming these foods for significant period of time. …

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Gravity Flow Water filters, are Replacement Filters Interchangeable?

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Doulton Water Filter

I recently was asked if the replacement filters in the large gravity flow water filters were interchangeable.  By this, I am talking about the AquaRain, the Berkey, Doulton and Katadyn gravity flow water filters.  While all of them claim to be the best, my research show that they are all good quality units.

I have had quite a bit of exposure to the Berkey, AquaRain and Doulton gravity flow water filters.  My exposure to the Katadyn is more limited.  All of these filters work on the same principal.  The water is poured into the top container and by the action of gravity flows though the filter into the lower container. …

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