On this site I’ve mentioned the importance of purifying water many times, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some people get tired of hearing about it. Sure, we want our water to be clean, we wouldn’t want to get sick and throw up, whatever. But I’m not just worried about throwing up–I’m worried about death. Why? Because every year 3.4 million people die from water related diseases. This is a serious issue.
In the developed world we tend to take clean water for granted. We’ve had it for as long as we can remember so it feels like it will always be here. But if there’s an economic collapse or some other type of long-term disaster, water treatment plants could either lose funding or the workers could stop showing up. If that happens, waterborne diseases and illnesses will become rampant.
So where do waterborne diseases come from, what pathogens cause them, and how can we avoid them? SHTF Preparedness has written a great article that answers all these questions. Remember, if you’re a prepper or homesteader, having a source of clean water or a way to purify water should be a top priority.