Knowing how to prepare for a future water crisis could save your life
Nearly half of all Texans were caught off-guard as frigid arctic temperatures, snow, and ice continue to wear on the region.
The drastic weather triggered statewide blackouts earlier in the week that caused water and sewer pipes to burst, adding to the mess.
The subsequent cold temperatures and the loss of water pressure in piping systems created panic among residents.
State officials have been advising residents to boil all water before drinking it. Additionally, residents were instructed to turn off all taps to help increase pressure in the lines.
Executive Director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Toby Baker said that around seven hundred water systems have been hindered by foul weather.
Making matters worse, some hospitals have been operating without running water.
Officials have instructed residents to boil their water as a precautionary measure since brain-eating microbes were found in the Houston water supply back in September of 2020. That’s why it can’t be stressed enough how important a good water filtration system and a stockpile of water are.
Not to mention, Louisiana is in the same boat. Severe winter weather froze water service to a reported 70,000 households this week and icy temps are not letting up.
Let’s not forget that Florida just went through a water crisis of its own this month.
As it turns out, a hacker took control of the chemical injection supply at a water treatment plant located in Oldsmar.
The attacker managed to remotely adjust valves within the system to release toxic levels of lye into the water.
So how can I prepare my family and home for such disasters?
Disaster preppers say that keeping a stockpile of water is a must. But keeping water pure can sometimes be difficult.
“One of the most important parts of stockpiling water is ensuring its purity,” Rich Murphy writes. “I don’t care where you get your water from, the tap, your private well, rainwater capture, or the local creek, it’s probably not pure. You have to assume that the water will have microscopic pathogens in it.”
“Bacteria can multiply, turning that drinkable water into dangerous water. Unfortunately, you won’t know if that has happened or not, until it’s too late,” he adds.
One also needs to consider the amount of water they may need. Will you be needing water for just yourself or will you be needing it for others too?
Keep in mind, a stockpile of water can range from bottles or gallons to drums and tanks filled with drinkable water, as the preparedness website Persurvive lays out in an article titled How To Stockpile Water.
Withal, we find a common theme or pattern. Preparation means everything. Being caught unprepared in a time of crisis is not a good feeling.