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Water Treatments For Emergencies And Long-Term Survival

January 9, 2012 by  

Water Treatments For Emergencies And Long-Term Survival

In order to live, we must have clean, potable, bacteria-free drinking water. Most of us think that when we turn on the faucet, we are getting safe, pure drinking water. We aren’t.

Our water is subject to a variety of impurities. Some natural impurities are radon, fluoride, arsenic, Iron, lead, copper and other heavy metals. Other contaminants can be fertilizers, asbestos, cyanides, parasites, herbicides, pesticides and industrial chemicals that leach in into our water. And our public water systems add substances such as chlorine, carbon, limes, phosphates, acids, ash and aluminum sulfate to kill anaerobic bacteria, adjust the pH and reduce cloudiness.

Water from streams and other sources of “unprocessed” water can contain contaminants from sources such as sewer systems and animal urine. Contaminated water can be hazardous to your health.

In larger cities water is processed to break down paper, heavy metals and other sediment into tiny particles. Processed water is far from pure. This is why it is so important to filter your drinking water with a reliable water filter.

Filter The Water

Filtered water can also be dangerous if the filters are not changed on a regular basis. Research has shown that bacteria can grow within the carbon filters themselves. Some solid substances can be removed, but no filter can prevent viruses, bacteria, pathogens, radioactive or chemical compounds and completely soluble pollutants from passing through. The Berkey Light™ Water Filter is probably the most complete system to eliminate most of these problems.

The Berkey Light™ Water Filter is a gravity feed unit that comes complete with two purification elements and a base. Black Berkey® Purification Elements are more powerful than any other gravity filter element currently available. Virtually no other filtration element can duplicate this performance. The units cost about $229. If you would like to learn more about the Berkey Light™ Water Filter, go to

Boiling Water

This is the cheapest way to purify water. Filter or strain the water before boiling. To do so, place a dishtowel or cheesecloth over the pot and pour the water into the dishcloth. Discard the remnants left on the cloth and boil the water in the pot for at least five minutes. This will kill the bacteria and viruses and purify the water so it can be used for drinking or cooking.

Adding Chemicals To Water

Hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide, bleach and other bacteria killers use oxygen as their agent to attack anaerobes and detoxify harmful ingredients; however, the prolonged use of any of these bacteria killers can be harmful. Follow directions closely to avoid negative side effects (all of these additives will have a chemical taste to them).

ION ‘Stabilized Oxygen’

About 10 years ago, I discovered ION stabilized oxygen while looking for a safe way to purify water without chemicals. ION has no negative side effects, is non-toxic, has an infinite shelf life and kills bacteria on contact. It can also be used for medicinal purposes. My husband and I took ION on a trip to Mexico and put eight drops in every glass of water and juice that we drank. Others in our group were very ill with dysentery, but we did not get sick. Because it kills bacteria on contact, ION is also safe to use when coming down with the flu or a bacterial infection of any kind. ION is also good for safely treating internal and external pathogens.

Use ION to sterilize cuts, scratches and bruises; end tooth decay; stop pain and infection of wounds, insect bites, spider bites, bee stings; treat emphysema, fever blisters, herpes, cold sores and first and second degree burns; alleviate headaches, back pain, arthritis and joint aches. ION is great for plants, root cuttings, transplants, sterilizing cooking tools and surfaces, extending the life of milk and juices, and making yogurt.

I was skeptical at first about all these claims until I started using the product and saw firsthand what it did for my clients and me.

One client said her arthritis was gone after using ION for about two weeks. Another said she used ION to heal her wounded horse. A friend of mine used ION to treat a brown recluse spider bite. The bite healed after a few days of putting ION on it five times a day.

ION has been used for bladder infections, kidney infections, sore throats, strep and food poisoning. It detoxifies bee stings, mosquito bites, flu bugs and colds by taking 50 drops in a cup of water three times a day.

I always reach for the ION bottle at the onset of any flu or cold. I put 50 drops in a glass of water and drink it. I repeat this up to three times a day. I believe it knocks the cold right out and helps eliminate the symptoms, and I recover much faster. ION will not kill friendly flora or good bacteria; in fact it stimulates the growth and development of beneficial bacteria.

Taking ION every day will boost the immune system and help a person to stay well.

People use ION for all kinds of ailments. The reason it works so well is because oxygen must be present to kill harmful anaerobic bacteria and viruses. The key ingredient in ION is oxygen. It oxygenates the blood as it moves throughout the body. It kills bacteria on the surface of the skin where infection might set in. This is one of the key factors in detoxifying the body and riding it of poisons and toxins.

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These products are meals ready to cook, just-add-water type of food. The food can be stored long-term. These foods are quick fix meals. Everything is in the pouch. You just add water, cook for 20 minutes and it is done. The food comes in Mylar® pouches and has four servings per pouch. They are sealed with oxygen absorbers in the pouch, which makes this a long-term food product that will last on the shelf for 15 years. To get three sample meals, sealed in Mylar® pouches, that serve 12 people, click here You pay only the shipping cost of $9.95.

Peggy Layton

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • MJ

    A couple of points for people to hang onto in their planning for water during a crisis:

    1– if the people who run your water processing/delivery services are their own customers, there is very little likelihood that the water grid you are using will fail for at least as long as they have resources to keep the pumps working, which should very reliable AS LONG AS your electric servers are also their own proper customers.

    2– the main problem with boiling is that it CONCENTRATES the heavy metals and toxins, does not remove them. Other methods will be needed for such toxins.

    3– we ourselves have built a greywater constructed wetlands that is producing bathing quality water at its finish end (which we are currently using for habitat/landscape purposes). In a crisis, the main problem would be the biologics which the Berkefeld handls nicely. Our current grief is with the choice of the water company to put fluorides in the water. We’re plannin on engaging their decisionmaker in the treatment plant soon.

  • D

    Have to be very careful with the terminology “purify” as it implies pathogenic bacteriological elimination.
    Also, reverse osmosis units do remove suspended solids along with just about everything else in the water, very comprehensive and permanently mounted with a dedicated faucet. Only way to fly!

    • 45caliber

      Yes, but it uses a LOT of water to do it!

    • Twiggy

      Reverse osmosis does take out “everything else in the water” which also includes all the good minerals as well. If fish can not live in reverse osmosis water, then that also means people can not live drinking it either…unless one adds back in the vital minerals.

  • James

    I would suggest distilling your water. Dr. David Williams did considerale research on this and endorses the Water Wise 9000 Distiller. The distilling process leaves almost all contaminates behind and the carbon filter the distilled water drips down through removes the rest. I’ve been using one for three years, and it works just fine, it makes aa gallon at a time. At, it’s advertised as $449.99. He sells the carbon filters also.

    • 45caliber

      Water is distilled by boiling it and then condensing the steam. You can build a unit yourself to do this quite cheaply. You will need a small tank, a copper coil, and a collection bottle. Boil the water, run the steam through the tube submerged in cold water, and drain it into your bottle.

  • Wayne Markum

    Where does one get ION ??? I would like to learn more….

    • Marten, Canadian Libertarian

      Hello Wayne,one of the very best stuff is Cell Food, but dont get me wrong ION is good too, the other one is way superior…..

  • FreedomFighter

    For you guys with allot of money:

    EcoloBlue Atmospheric Water Generators extract pure, perfect, delicious drinking water straight from the air. Unlike other Atmospheric Water Generators, ours are state-of-the-art in every way.

    Survival favors the prepared.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Bill

    45caliber…. proven, inexpensive, without a doubt the best option. If the crystal ball here proves true, this will work, even if you have to rub two sticks together to get fire for heating the distiller (worst case scenario). If you are going to prepare, this is the way to do it. If you assume, power plants will be sabotaged or disabled, there will be little, if any power to run ANY appliances, or tools. Fuel for generators will be in short supply. Prepare to live with bare minimum facilities!

  • Sue

    I have a question for the experts here: I have a 55-gallon water barrel, filled from our county water supply, that hasn’t been emptied in just over 12 years. I assume it’s going to be nasty inside. Once I get the water out, how do I clean it?

  • Ian Sauers

    Kidney infection usually starts from Urinary Tract Infection that has gone untreated. `

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