Water Contamination a Threat Following Extreme Weather

It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the troubles keep mounting. Several people have died from bacterial infections as the island deals with a growing water crisis. Some areas don’t have water at all and others fear their water is contaminated.

The EPA is investigating whether water from several wells is safe to drink and have been told at the very least to boil water for their own safety. Call me paranoid, but there’s no possible way I’m going to think my water is safe after only boiling it!

Storms Increase Water Contamination

Anytime a major storm hits, you should assume your water isn’t safe! When a serious storm affects an area, the surge of extra water increases the contamination by pushing sizeable amounts of toxins from the earth and other contaminants into the water supply.

So, what can you do to prevent illness and possible death due to contaminated water? You can listen to public health broadcasts, but I wouldn’t take a chance on trusting the government on that.

Remember the water crisis in Flint, Michigan? The Environmental Protection Agency waited way too long to warn residents of the high levels of lead in the water.

The Flint water crisis is one more reason you need to be able to take care of yourself and your family in every possible disaster condition, not just weather-related emergencies. We cannot trust the government to do it for us!

You Have Some Choices

OK, so let’s talk options. Water is the foundation of our survival, and should be the foundation of disaster preparedness planning.

Water purification tablets and bottled water are a good disaster preparedness item to have in your emergency supplies as a short-term solution. However, when faced with a long-term issue such as post-storm water contamination, it’s wise to also have an emergency water purification system ready to go.

My emergency water supplies contain bottled water, emergency purification tablets, a water purification system and the filters that go along with it.

Water Purification Is a Must

The best thing about a reliable water purification system is that you can use this without power, and most are  lightweight, portable systems when out and about. Based on needs, you’ve got a few options available for what type of water purifier to purchase and use, so do you research first. Some only filter particles while others are better suited for bacteria/viruses and other smaller contaminants. You can also check out our Alexapure Pro water filtration system.

Just a few things in closing: boiling water may not remove all contaminants, especially if this is a chemical contamination. Water that looks clean can still contain harmful bacteria, which are invisible to the naked eye. It’s important to purify your water if you suspect it looks safe to drink. It is best to use a water purifier to remove any contaminants that will not be removed during boiling, and then boil this purified water to be sure all bacteria has been removed.

Like I mentioned before, water is your survival foundation. I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be, and so should you.


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