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Residents Can Prepare For Future Water Emergencies

Reported: Jan. 15, 2014 12:09 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 12:45 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- While the water crisis continues, some people have asked what they can do to be prepared if something like this were to happen again.

Bob Keller owns Keller Survival and is an expert on how to be prepared in times of emergencies. He said emergency preparedness doesn't have to cost a lot of money, but it's all about knowledge and using what you have available.

Keller said the water crisis is bit of a different situation because this chemical is really unknown, so there is no known commercial treatment option or filtration option and you would have to find another water source.

Rain water catchment devices where you can catch rain, filter and treat it and then drink it, are sold at Keller's store. If the weather won't permit rain, you can get water from the head of a stream in a plastic or stainless steel container.

If you're using rain or stream water, Keller said filtration and treatment are key. His store sells those items, but an easy, at-home filtration method is using an old T-shirt and let the rain filter through. One of the best treatment devices is household bleach.

Regardless, Keller said preparedness is key.

"Our infastructure is fragile," Keller said. "We've got to understand that things aren't always going to be there and so in order to take some responsibility for ourselves we need to do some things to be prepared."

Keller said some of the filtration devices cost more than $200 and can separate gasoline and water.

Keep in mind in this case, though, Keller said it was a chemical in the water, so these filtration systems aren't going to get it out.

Your best bet is stream water or rain or just stocking up on bottled water.



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