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Purifying Water — Without Boiling it

You need clean potable water after a disaster.

I’m sure we have all heard of public health agencies issuing “boil water” orders when the source of drinking water may have been contaminated, such as during a disaster.

Really, what we want to be sure of is that water is safe to drink or consume as part of our cooking, etc. If it is safe to drink it is called “potable” or “suitable for drinking.”

The typical “boil water order” means that the water needs to be rid of any contaminants, germs or organisms that can make a person sick.

An alternative to boiling water is to use ozone to purify it. Check out the Ozo-Pod 10 from Roving Blue. It can rapidly purify even five gallons of water in a few minutes.

One other alternative is to store water, which I have done, but I was looking for a long-term solution to not having drinking water.

One downside to the Ozo-Pod 10 is that it does need electricity to power the system. There is a backup solution in that there is a 12-volt alternative with a battery clip cord that allows you to use a car’s battery to power the water purifying process. That would also make it a good option for those tent and trailer campers who keep their vehicles with them. You also get enough water for the entire family.

Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. The list price for the Ozo-Pod 10 is $179. Any Disaster Zone reader can use the coupon code DISASTERZONE for a 20 percent discount on your purchase. My gift to you!
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.