Project Prepper, Part 18: Nearby Boil-Water Order Coincides With New Emergency Water Supply Preps

This morning, I talked about a reminder as to why I chose to move out of the City of Chicago.

I encountered another reminder as well as to why I’m putting together an emergency water supply.

Gregory Trotter reported on the Chicago Tribune website early Monday evening about a “boil-water order” in effect in nearby Deerfield. From the article:

The Village of Deerfield has issued an order for all residents to boil their water before drinking it after finding fecal coliform in the village water supply today, according to a village news release.

Deerfield water department employees are investigating the problem, the release said, and will run 10 tests over the next 24 hours to determine when the water is safe to drink again without boiling. Fecal coliform is a bacteria that indicates the water was contaminated with human or animal waste, which can cause illness, the release said…

Fecal coliform contamination can cause diarrhea, headaches, nausea, cramps and other symptoms, the release said. It’s particularly dangerous for infants, young children and people with compromised immune systems.

Trotter added in a follow-up piece just before lunch today:

Deerfield residents remain under a boil water order until Wednesday afternoon after the fecal coliform bacteria was discovered in the water on Monday, village officials said today.

Village employees are conducting a series of 10 tests today to try to pinpoint the cause, said Andrew Lichterman, Deerfield’s assistant to the village manager. But the boil order will remain in effect until Wednesday afternoon, following Environmental Protection Agency guidelines that stipulate a 48-hour period from the official notice of contamination, Lichterman said.

I’ll bet you a number of Deerfield residents are probably wishing they had some emergency water supplies tucked away instead of having to boil/purchase water for drinking and other needs for these three days.

Notice that the boil-water advisory took place in what’s relatively nice weather and conditions around the Chicagoland area. No man-made or natural disaster, no SHTF, no TEOTWAWKI.

Yet the municipality’s water supply is unfit for human consumption.

By the way, for those readers not familiar with Deerfield, Illinois, it’s a pretty nice area up along Chicago’s wealthy North Shore.

Haters and ignoramuses take note. Preparedness doesn’t have to be about getting ready for “doomsday.”

In many instances, it’s about making sure the essentials (water, in this case) are taken care of when unforeseen emergencies (contaminated water supply) inevitably arise.

But enough about Deerfield for today. Check out the new emergency water supply preps:

New Water Preps 01

Pictured are that second Moeller Scepter 5-gallon water container and a two-pack of 3.5-gallon WaterBrick containers (talked about in Part 15) that I had previously ordered and which all arrived last week.

The WaterBricks are really sweet. While I haven’t gotten around to cleaning them out and filling them up with water yet, they appear and feel rugged and stack very nicely upon matching up the “grooves.” To give you an idea of just how well they seem to be constructed, they actually have “supports” built inside of them (presumably to strengthen the containers upon stacking?).

New Water Preps 02

The next tasks for me as it concerns this emergency water supply is to purchase some cases of bottled water and to read about how the experts correctly-prepare water for long-term storage in these containers.

Look for a follow-up post soon.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Trotter, Gregory. “Deerfield residents told to boil water after fecal coliform detected in water supply.” Chicago Tribune. 12 Aug. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/highland_park_deerfield/chi-deerfield-boil-water-fecal-coliform-20130812,0,5056303.story). 13 Aug. 2013.

Trotter, Gregory. “After bacteria detected, boil water order in Deerfield will remain until Wednesday.” Chicago Tribune. 13 Aug. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/highland_park_deerfield/chi-deerfield-boil-water-fecal-coliform-20130813,0,5121840.story). 13 Aug. 2013.

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