Water Purification + Storage

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Re: Water Purification + Storage

Post by Denob » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:38 pm

Unfortunately, the article doesn't explain what forms of bacteria are present.
The world is full of bacteria, very few are actually harmful, and some are actually beneficial.
As the article does explain, some of the found bacteria are also present on plant life and in the soil.
It would stand to reason that these bacteria end up there through the natural cycle of water...being evaporated into the air, rising into the clouds, and eventually falling back to the surface in the form of precipitation.
I would be more concerned with the bacteria that can find it's way into the rain water from your catchment system.
Would I somehow purify rain water before drinking it?
You bet...but not because of the bacteria in the clouds.

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Re: Water Purification + Storage

Post by Faraday » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:42 pm

Great answer, thanks so much!!
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Re: Water Purification + Storage

Post by WildernessReturn » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:51 pm

Well, I did not know that either so great adding in this Scientific Data.

I will be making sure I filter the purer.. rain water then. Since the rain water is so slight in any compounds and any mater at all, normal rainwater shows .000 to .002 ppm, your water filter will last a good long time. Some metering on Water bottles and tap water showed the following;
britta - 100-500 ppm
rain water - .000 - .002 ppm
tap water - 150/300 - 350/375 ppm
bottle water - anywhere from 200 - 750 ppm (Nestle always the highest ppm)
except the distilled water which is pure; .000-001 ppm

I also look for water with the lowest salt and chlorine amounts added
Make sure you upgrade or check your water filters if getting water from outside, to see if they clean out bacteria and viruses as well then!

edit; the rain water harvesters have a chamber normally that fills with the first 2-3 minutes of water, then the water flows into its rain water harvesting tubes or system. This is the safest as the roof or other surface will be contaminated with normal air pollution. The rain water coming down for the first few minutes is also the most polluted as it carries the effluent that is present in the air normally.

So, I was told wrong before, though my information was pre-this experiment and research.. Again... Great Catch and very helpful thankyou!


Re: Water Purification + Storage

Post by Ennah » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:26 am


Maybe this can help some people. This is an overview of different way on how to purify water if needed in case of.

Water supply US ARMY CENTER http://www.greatnorthernprepper.com/wp- ... -Water.pdf

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Re: Water Purification + Storage

Post by Clarence » Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:20 pm

A mixture of purification, storage and this springs flood potential and impact on those on well water.

Listening to US news and great discussion on concerns over wells being contaminated with extremely high flood levels in the Midwest. Farm runoff, septic beds, fuel tanks spills, from industrial farms.... mentioning maybe 1 million wells impacted. of course the media like to hype things ( but miss important things ).

here in eastern Ontario, there is great concern this spring over potential high water levels and I believe some places in western Ontario are already being hit?

so, bleach, filters and of course lots of water stored away ( not in flooded basements) will be something to have and be aware of.

side impacts may be water in basement and need for adequate pumps, spares ( I like boat bilge pumps that can run off of car battery). then there are generators outside being out of waters way.

I have a small low lying pond near my road and i used a boat bilge pump one spring to lower it before it potentially washed away a small part of driveway. wouldn't be a big deal and more of a hindrance/cost to refurbish but worth the effort and made me realize how handy those things are and mine are ready to deploy. Also use them for transferring maple sap in collector tubs to smaller boil pots etc.

happy Adapting :)

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