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A friend in Puerto Rico, Jennifer, tells me that her town has been on a boil notice for 5 1/2 MONTHS following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Yep, you read that right. Five and a half months. That’s almost 170 days without clean running water. She could probably teach a college course on how to survive a boil notice!
Now, just think what that means to a household like yours:
- The water that comes out of your tap, if it does, isn’t drinkable.
- When someone is thirsty, the only safe water is bottled or has been purified in some way by you.
- A recipe calls for water and, again, you have to be careful to use only what is safe to drink.
- The refrigerator ice maker has to be turned off because tainted water results in tainted ice cubes. If you want ice, you either have to buy it or make it in ice cube trays with purified water.
- Showering and bathing cannot be done in contaminated water, so what do you do, day after day after day?
- Brushing teeth will require bottled or boiled water
- Washing dishes isn’t safe anymore unless you’re certain the water in your dishwasher heats up to at least 170 degrees.
- Is it safe to even do laundry? With certain contaminants, it is not!
- What about water for your pets? Is it safe for them to consume?
- The water filter on your refrigerator or the reverse osmosis system you rely on are not enough to remove most pathogens from water.
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