Water: How not to go thirsty in a crisis!

What is it that makes water such an interesting subject? Why would 70 people show up on a Thursday evening to learn more about and join a group discussion about the nuances of water purification and storage? In a word – Thirst!

Water is obviously a basic fact of life. Consider drinking, sanitation, cooking, and simply staying healthy. In as quick as three days, we can succumb to dehydration – sooner for those with medical problems! Having clean, safe, and present water sources and storage are important – especially if conditions change quickly.

In many locations around the world (and even in the United States where we take it for granted) the luxury of turning on a tap and having safe clean water is not a reality. Consider the many situations that would threaten our access to clean ever-present water. To name a few: natural disasters – like earthquakes, volcanoes, floods; loss of electricity – affecting pumps, water treatment plants, ability to flush toilets, changes in cooking, etc.; the list goes on….

It’s because of these concerns and more, that interested and like-minded people meet together to learn about water sourcing, filtering and purification methods, water distillation, water conservation and water storage options. Also to consider what to do when there are “Boil Notices”, intermittent interruptions in service, grid-down scenarios affecting water supply and quality, and how to optimize sanitation & hygiene when there isn’t any dependable water (think disease: cholera, dysentery and more when toilets won’t flush).

There are many filters and purification methods which were displayed and discussed at this timely seminar. Redundancy is an important consideration when it comes to water – having multiple ways to source and prepare safe water for human use and consumption, in a variety of different situations including staying in your home, evacuating, in wilderness or city settings, etc.

Here’s hoping that you and your family and friends won’t get thirsty (or worse) when the water isn’t flowing or isn’t safe!

Handouts and presentation slides are available for download in the Download Files section on this site.