Thankfully, all the tumult brought on by this new virus has not affected our water supplies. It has however affected human behavior in creating an army of toilet paper hoarders. While I don’t mean to minimize the importance of toilet paper, given our collective behavior we should ponder for a moment what would our world be like if it was water that was being hoarded? What would we do if the health crisis was in our drinking water? Can you imagine the hoarding of bottled water? Can you imagine the price gouging that would take place?
So, should we be worried?
With water, because it is so important to us we must always be concerned, we must always be prepared and we must always be vigilant. My parents lived through the Great Depression and I used to chuckle at them having a fruit cellar always stocked with canned goods from their garden. I was amused, and I frequently pooh-pooh’d their warnings of eventual chaos and the need to have a stocked storeroom. Today, I understand much better the scar they lived with after being through troubled times.
For sure it makes sense to have an emergency supply of drinking water on hand. But there is only so much room to store water. Over a month-long or longer crisis we might consume thousands of gallons of water. How do we store that much?
The bigger issue is something I have written about before and will continue to do so. Our nation needs to have a national water plan. The required ingredients are many but certainly include:
- Consideration of pipelines to bring safe water to various regions of the nation
- Increased security at our water treatment plants
- Regional bottled water storage facilities
- Emergency water transportation plans
- Emergency water purification plants
- Prescribed and certified personal water purification options for the consumer
- Faster, more reliable toxin detection systems
The good news is that there is no central water supply that serves all Americans. There will always be safe water available from some location. However, our capabilities of detecting poisons quickly, shutting down water supplies, and getting safe water to citizens should remain a high priority for all of us.
ARE WE PREPARED FOR A WATER EMERGENCY?