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Water Collection

In any emergency, proper water collection is the first critical step in obtaining safe drinking water.   You should always start by collecting the cleanest and purest water available.  Any specific calamity that could be named has its own set of unique challenges.  When a disaster does strike, it is possible that our water sources may have become dangerously contaminated, thus, the utmost care should be taken as you collect and filter your drinking water.  The AquaRain Natural Water Filter System has been specifically designed to reliably filter dangerous microbiological organisms such as bacteria and parasitic cysts utilizing a patented process ceramic technology.

Some potential sources…Open Waters

Rivers, lakes, large ponds, streams, even water from a swimming pool can be used in an emergency.  If possible, avoid water with floating material, foul odors or dark color.  This will reduce the cleaning frequency of the ceramic elements.  Please keep in mind that the AquaRain system will leave beneficial minerals intact including salts.   Avoid collecting water where high levels of salts may be found, such as alkali pits or ocean tide pools.
Sources with high nitrate concentrations should be also be avoided such as cattle ponds, and creeks where water runs off of heavily fertilized land or from industrial waste sites.  It is always best to use the cleanest and purest water available. 

About Radioactive Fallout

Emergency outdoor water sources during a nuclear emergency may include rainwater cisterns, lakes, ponds, streams, rivers or other moving bodies of water.  It is important to note that in the event of a nuclear catastrophe, surface waters may have higher levels of radioactivity as compared to other protected water sources.  To the best of your ability, your water source should not be exposed to surface contamination.  A better source would include a well or an underground spring. 

Rainwater Cisterns

Rainwater can be a very good source of water in an emergency.  It is important to discard the first few minutes of runoff in a rainstorm as a great deal of dirt, particulates, and contamination is being washed from the collection surfaces.  Simply straining the water as you collect it from your roof will help remove particulate matter.  

Sources In Your Home

There are a number of emergency water sources that can be found right in your home.  The hot-water tank may be one of the best sources in your home, but remember to turn off the energy source so it does not “burn out” when the utilities come back online!   You can also use the water in toilet tanks (taking care not to use if you have cleaning treatments or ‘bluing’ in the water), draining your plumbing lines, or even using ice cubes.  Waterbeds make an excellent emergency storage system, holding up to 400 gallons of water.  If you designate a waterbed in your home as an emergency water storage resource, drain it yearly and refill it with fresh water containing two ounces of common household bleach per 120 gallons.

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