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So, my county just issued a "Boil Water" alert...

Post by NT2C » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:05 am

The southeastern part of my county (where I live) had a major water main break yesterday. About 1:30 this morning I got a "Boil Water" alert from the county. This is about a 0.05 on the 1-10 Disaster Scale if I want to be generous about it but it does provide a good lesson for prepping. As part of our preps the wife and I have LifeStraws, filtered Katadyn water bottles, plastic liners we can put in our bathtubs to store water in an emergency, at least 6 cases (probably 8-10 if I go look) of bottled water stored in the garage, and even a highly efficient PUR filter on the water line going to the fridge icemaker and water dispenser. Even our dishwasher boils the water it uses to meet NSF sanitary standards. So what could have been a major pain in the ass for us is instead just a very minor annoyance that really won't affect us very much, thanks in a large part to our preps and foresight.

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Re: So, my county just issued a "Boil Water" alert...

Post by absinthe beginner » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:56 am

Good man. In the best of times, municipal drinking water can be sub-optimal. I bought an Aqua-Rain water filter system a few years back, with four ceramic filter elements, and run all of our drinking water through that.

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Re: So, my county just issued a "Boil Water" alert...

Post by NT2C » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:25 am

absinthe beginner wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:56 am
Good man. In the best of times, municipal drinking water can be sub-optimal. I bought an Aqua-Rain water filter system a few years back, with four ceramic filter elements, and run all of our drinking water through that.
Oddly, at one time I was in a pretty serious relationship with a lady who was the head water quality control specialist for a major Pennsylvania county with a pretty major commercial bottling plant located there because of the water quality, so water quality and or lack of quality is something I've gained a bit of knowledge on and take seriously. I've many times considered putting a whole house filtration system in but this house was never intended to be our final "home". My wife works for the government and had to be near DC, but our intent is to move back to her hometown in Idaho and build a house there, which will likely have a well. We'll be doing that within the next year. So the house filter never did get put in and we just rely on our preps for now. If this lasts more than 24-48 hours I'll probably install an inline filter on the kitchen sink (a real filter, not one of those things on the faucet).
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