Clean drinking water is looked at as a right to every American. We are extremely fortunate to have access to clean water every day. For us, it is as simple as turning on the faucet or grabbing a bottle from the fridge. Nearly 2.1 billion people lack access to one of life’s basic necessities, clean water. We are so fortunate to have the technology and advantages we do as a society that keep us safe and hydrated. In times of disaster, our water sources can become contaminated. Big storms can render wells and public water supplies unsafe for human consumption, promoting a panic for people who rush off to the store to stock up on bottled water to keep their families hydrated until the storm passes. Emergency preparedness is essential to surviving big storms that may hit.
Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System
In Greater Fort Myers, Florida, we are no strangers to tropical storms and hurricanes. We know the reality of the old saying, “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink”. Boil water orders come into play when water sources become contaminated and are no longer safe to consume. Contaminated water can make you seriously ill and cause life threatening dehydration from side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea that come from the various ailments one can experience from drinking contaminated water. It is only natural for us to deny the worst that could happen, but it’s wise to be prepared. Since hurricane season is not officially over until the end of November we found it fitting to elaborate on the benefits of having a reverse osmosis system in your home during times of disaster.
Contaminants found in water during natural disaster water crisis’
Contamination of Water Resources by Pathogenic Bacteria
The most common bacteria found in North American waters is E. Coli. Dysentery, cholera, typhoid and Legionnaire’s Disease follow closely behind. Current public water sanitation treatments protect us from the grunt of these bacteria and diseases. In emergency situations, municipal water lines can become compromised causing sewage or storm runoff to contaminate drinking water. In times of flooding, groundwater sources such as streams, rivers and septic systems are forced to take in unusual amounts of water, which in turn causes the water to run together leading to contamination issues. Bacterial contamination is the most common threat to public and private water supplies. Bacteria contaminates water quickly and can have painful, if not deadly consequences. Various parasites and protozoa such as Giardia, cryptosporidium and amoebic dysentery have the potential to infiltrate private and public water systems in times of disaster. Not to mention viruses, organic and inorganic chemicals and radioactive contaminants.
Whole House Water Filtration System
If you have a whole home, or under the sink water filtration device such as a reverse osmosis system, in times of disaster you can rest assured knowing you won’t have to rush out amongst the panic of the public to get bottled water for your emergency preparedness kit. Your family can have safe, clean drinking water at all times. Reverse osmosis water systems are effective at purifying your water sources and removing any harmful contaminants that could cause you to become ill. Most RO filters send water through a rigorous 4-5 step purification process. How this works is water enters the RO system and goes through a pre-filter which traps the larger contaminants such as silt and sediment. Then pressurized water passes through the RO semipermeable membrane which effectively filters out all the impurities, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and parasites that could make you sick. Then it passes through one final filtration stage to “perfect” the water and sends it back out to you when it’s ready to be consumed, leaving you with clean, great tasting water at all times!