The security of our drinking water should always be a top priority, but the ease of access to it lulls us into a false sense of security. Turn on the tap, and fresh, clear water pours out in a seemingly inexhaustible supply.
Contamination incidents are rare, considering the scale of the water delivery system in the United States. While it is true that millions of Americans are exposed to poor-quality drinking water, most of the population has access to on-demand clean drinking water.
There are two primary drinking water sources in the United States, groundwater and surface water.
Groundwater sources come from underground aquifers, naturally occurring layers of porous rock, sand, or gravel that hold water. Groundwater is generally less susceptible to contamination than surface water but still requires treatment and monitoring.
Surface water sources include rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, which local or state governments generally manage. Surface water is treated to remove contaminants and disinfected before being distributed to homes and businesses for drinking.
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Regarding contamination, surface water is much more susceptible than groundwater because it sits on the surface rather than underground. Some notable contamination sources are industrial activity, mining, sewage overflows, agricultural activity, and accidents.
Accidents like what happened in Ohio can potentially pose severe and long-term effects on the drinking water for millions of people.
What Happened In Ohio?
At 8:55 pm on February 3rd, 2023, a freight train hauling 151 cars derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. In total, 51 cars derailed on the town’s East side, creating a pile that subsequently caught fire and burned for many days.
Amongst the derailed cars were eleven, which contained hazardous materials.
Of particular concern was the fact that the train was carrying vinyl chloride and butyl acrylate. These chemicals are especially dangerous to our health.
On February 4th, the EPA began monitoring the air quality and implementing measures to contain any released materials from the derailment.
The National Guard was called out on February 5th, and the area within a mile of the site was placed under an evacuation order. The rest of the town is ordered to shelter in place.
On February 6th, officials completed a release of the hazardous materials into a trench where they could be burned off in a controlled fashion. The release was achieved using a controlled detonation.
The reason behind the detonation and controlled burn was that officials were concerned that the Vinyl Chloride could explode, resulting in a far worse disaster.
The evacuation order was lifted on February 8th, and in the following days, the air and water quality were tested, and the air and water were determined to be safe.
What Was The Aftermath Of The Ohio Derailment?
As of the writing of this article, the Ohio train derailment is over a month old. In that time, a lot has occurred, but since this article is about water safety, I will focus on issues affecting water quality.
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Despite officials’ efforts, it is clear that hazardous chemicals made their way into several waterways, killing over 40,000 fish. Other animals got sick or died as far as ten miles from the derailment site.
Evidence of hazardous materials from the train was found in many local waterways, such as Sulphur Run, Leslie Run, Bull Creek, and as far away as the Ohio River.
In addition, oily substances were found in the ground and the water in the surrounding areas.
Despite this, officials claim that the air and water are safe. The residents, on the other hand, reported experiencing skin rash and nausea within hours of returning to their homes.
It is clear that hazardous materials were in both the air and the water and that contamination had definite effects on fish, animals, pets, and even humans.
Is Our Water Safe From Events Like What Happened In Ohio?
The short answer is no. Train derailments and accidents happen quickly and hold the potential to release tens of thousands of gallons of hazardous materials into the waterways that feed directly into the reservoirs or aquifers from which our drinking water is drawn.
Even though our drinking water is treated before it reaches our taps, there is never a guarantee that the chemicals carried by these trains can be effectively filtered or are even tested for.
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Every time an event like this happens, there is a chance that the water from your tap will be contaminated very rapidly. An incident could occur late at night or early in the morning; you only find out about it while drinking your morning cup of coffee made with contaminated water.
What Can Be Done To Be Better Prepared For Events As We Saw In Ohio?
The first thing you can do is install the best water filter you can afford in your home. This may not filter every chemical that could contaminate your water, but it is better than nothing. Aside from water filtration, you need to ensure that you have adequate water stored so that if your local water supply is contaminated, you will have access to clean water.
In addition to securing your water security, you must consider your physical safety. Every family member must have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from chemicals in the air, water, or even rain.
Especially if you need to evacuate, there is a good possibility you will be driving through contaminated areas. A properly fitted respirator with the appropriate canisters, gloves, boots, safety goggles, and disposable rain gear are all items that will help to protect you from chemicals in the environment.
Bug-out bags will be one thing that you will want ready to go in the event that an event such as a train derailment happens. Sometimes waiting for an evacuation order is not advisable, and the best course of action is to grab the family with their bug-out bags and head out of town.
If we consider the risk of events such as we saw in Ohio compared to the size of the country, your chance of experiencing contaminated drinking water is pretty low.
However, most of the events that preppers are ready for involve storing water, food, and supplies to be self-sufficient for extended periods of time.
The real key is to not place too much trust in the officials or local government since they are interested in seeing the area reopened and commerce returned to normal as quickly as possible. At the end of the day, the only one you can count on for your safety is yourself.
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Nothing is safe anymore. Nothing…
WE will lose a 1/3 of the Water.
WE will lose a 1/3 of the Air.
WE will lose a 1/3 of the Land.
Well, it’s happening right now.
hey red ant it’s to meet another Christian prepper
I am one of many, that are on here.
Me, just a little more out there, then most…
EAST, it’s great to have you aboard. There are many Christians here.
Agreed with that red. It’s been interesting to see yah curses on this nation
You have not seen nothing yet, just wait, the show is about to start. This has just been the Inter motion, to the show, lol… He’s getting everything in place before he makes his GRAND entry.
Hope all are ready…
Yeah I second Chinese sabotage
Sabotage, “only come’s with in its own”… After the sabotage will the enemies come in and take advantage of the opportunity that has been presented to them.
How can china sabotage us if they can’t inter the country.
Only by way of within.
So, blame the one’s that let them in, and WE all know WHO that is. The one’s that have their FOOT on our necks.
Red they have Military bases and farm lands here. They are already staged
Plus the hundreds of thousands that got in through the southern border
Yes, Torah they have been here for a long long time.
This did not just happen here recently.
They have been working this since, EVE took a bit out of the fruit of the tree, of Good and evil.
Did not think that I would see the end of time and watch satan get thrown into the pit.
PS: it’s “red ant” not Red… thanks
Red Ant, Check our “secure” Southern border. There has been an large increase in the amount of Chinese people coming across our borders to the South and more from the Northern border also. This was a small amount for some time but it has increased quite a bit recently. One wonders just what they have seen, been told or ordered to come to the USA to accomplish.
Keep your eyes open!
[neat fact, the “asians” were the first people to be banned from this continent for sex trafficking. They are masterful at feeding the sins of man to his end. This continent has no end to the sin, so the fall is self inflicted. There is no ill in this land that isn’t manufactured and supported, the balance needs to be shifted.]
They didnt day anything about iit getting into the Mississippi. That would gave got into N O water supply
and not a word about the burning of chlorinated vinyl and pvc pipe it creates DIOXIN! they have polluted the land and water for the rest of our lives
Good article and good recommendations. Makes me want to locate the rail lines if any are nearby. My prevailing winds are from the west, but often switch. Important when you are worried about airborne fumes.
I work for a water system and am familiar with the stringent requirements the EPA has for testing water supplied to the public. However most of those tests are not done frequently. Many are monthly, or annually or longer. And only apply to water provided by a public water system and not what is draining into a reservoir. Not what you pump from a lake, from your own well, or from unregulated private water systems.
The first line of defense is knowing what’s going on around you (accidents/incidents), what’s happening to the wildlife around you (birds, insects etc), what your water smells or tastes like, and what your water filters look/smell like when you replace them.
Everyone should own a Berkey at minimum. I believe Mr. Red Ant has hit the nail on the head. This is the introduction to what is to come. If you haven’t seen The Dimming on YouTube, it’s a must watch. Everything is being poisoned already. It’s already not safe for anyone anywhere to even eat the snow. Glory be to God and may His peace and grace flow through each of us. We are required to testify and prophesy. Jesus is our only salvation.
Get yourself a distiller and store some distilled water which will be pure. Distilled water will supply you with your H2O requirement but you will still need some minerals which will have to be added or purchased. You can remineralize distilled water by using mineral drops or an alkalizing water filter, or by adding pink Himalayan salt to the water.
A reverse osmosis water filter will also purify water but again you will need the minerals replaced. Now you have two more ways to purify and store for a disaster.
Zero water filter purifies to 99.9, distilled quality, has a built-in testing device which indicates the purity and when to change the filter, AND is not expensive – standalone too, not built in.
I’m from East Palestine. They are saying everything is fine. But the people who are here doing the testing are all wearing full hazmat suits! They are not telling you the real truth. If it’s so safe, why are you wearing hazmat suits, why has the president not deemed us worthy of a visit? If you drive through here it’s like some kind of sci-fi movie. I will never ever trust our government again!!!!
“I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”
In his inaugural address in January 1981, Ronald Reagan