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Episode 427 S15-29

Water Supply Compromised?

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Special Guest:

Chin Gibson

Natural disasters pose a serious threat to your water supply. You need to have sources scouted and multiple purification methods at your fingertips. Chappee's embarrassing dirty water story is revealed in the Vigis saga.

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Natural disasters often compromise water supplies. Flooding is the biggest hazard to both the city and the well water supply. You should not use your water if you have any doubts or have been told it is unsafe. Don't use it to drink, wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash, prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula. You will need bottled, stored, or treated water to do these things.


You should never use water from radiators or boilers for drinking. The Waterfull System will store 30 gallons of drinkable, filtered water, reserved for any emergency. Use the code Sara at checkout. Other sources of water in your home include the water heater, premade ice cubes, the tank on your toilet., and canned fruit or vegetable juice. Pool and spa water are great sources of water for cleaning. 


Safe drinking water is an absolute must!! See the links below for more information on cleaning your water supply. You need to know multiple ways of getting it clean so you can always ensure a clean water supply no matter what circumstances you are facing. 


The CDC recommends boiling water, I recommend distilling it (see links below) but boiling is also very effective. You need to make sure you have clear water. If your water is cloudy, pour it through a clean cloth, paper towel, or coffee filter, allow it to settle, and then draw off the clean water. The CDC recommends boiling the water at a rolling boil for at least one minute (3 if you are above 6500ft elevation). If you have the fuel and the water, I would recommend 3 minutes anywhere you are. Cool it and store it in a clean container. 


Sometimes treating water, whether you use a filter, boiling, or chemicals to decontaminate makes it taste stale. You can aerate it by blowing bubbles in it or pouring it from one container to another. You can also add a pinch of salt for each quart/liter of water. 


There are many chemical decontaminates but chlorine is the best. Your water needs to be 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above to ensure the effectiveness of the chemical decontaminate. You need to know the concentration of the bleach you are using. I always recommend stocking chlorine tabs over liquid because they store longer. However, it is easier to know the concentration with liquid. Most household liquid chlorine solutions sold in the USA are 5% to 9% chlorine. When adding this to clear water, the CDC suggests you add 1/8 tsp or 8 drops per gallon. Works out to about 2 drops per liter/quart. Stir in the bleach and then let stand for 30 minutes before drinking. 


Personally, I use the Alexapure water filter but there are many different types of filters. Whatever you use should remove 1 micron or less pore size. Most portable water filters don't remove bacteria or viruses so make sure you use a decontaminating chemical after you filter.


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Chin Gibson

Chin Gibson is the mystery prepper. Friend to all and known to none. His real identity is hidden from the public; Chingo-to is well known to the online prepper community as the go-to resource for finding a community member to solve your problem. He is an awesome people connector and does his best to unite the voices educating the masses about being ready for an unforeseen life challenge.

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