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Water security and water storage are vitally important to any version of preparedness plans. There is no getting around the fact that we need to have an answer for water in a disaster. Every year we see a city in America lose access to clean water. This could be from a hurricane or an earthquake.
Nothing opens peoples eyes like finding out that they are no longer able to use their tap. Its a mind altering experience when you have spent your whole life pulling water from a tap. If what comes out of the faucet can make you sick or nothing comes out at all, its a literal life and death situation.
The better you understand how you can affect water, the better you can prepare to manage it. Can you purify water. Well, lets look at purification and sanitization to understand the difference.
To truly purify water you need a system like reverse osmosis. This is a process that requires a lot more than what you are going to prepare for in your own home. Purified water goes through a rigorous mechanical process and while carbon can be used in that process, its just something you are going to be able to do with a steripen or a sawyer filter.
The sanitization of water is not only something that you can do with very few supplies, its also something you need to become proficient at. No matter what your water filter tells you, only boiling water give you a 100% assurance that all the bacteria are dead in that water.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that you are safe from things like viruses and chemical contaminants. Still, you can use charcoal and multiple filtering’s to assist with that.
Sanitization is possible and practical in survival. It is necessary for a preparedness plan.