Archives : 2013 : November

The Process of Desalination

November 25th, 2013

Japan’s Fukuoka Water Plant desalinates seawater for 150,000 citizens.

Desalination plant

Image via Arun Katiyar (Flickr)

The Process of Desalination

If there is one cruel fact none of us can deny, it is that water is becoming a scarce commodity for many people on the planet. Some people blame global warming, others blame climate change; I tend to think one directly affects the other, so it’s both in my opinion. But, whatever the cause, we need to keep America, and the rest of the world, afloat with plenty of safe water. Water desalination is not something new. It is, however, an uncommon form of water treatment. As our water supplies continue to dissipate, we need to consider the desalination process, and how it will help us and the rest of the world ensure that we have enough safe drinking water.

What Is It?

Let’s begin by discussing what water desalination actually is. The process of desalinating water means that we are removing primarily salt, but also other minerals, from saline water. The desalination process is commonly used on sea vessels, particularly those with long-term water-bound missions such as submarines. Desalination allows those on board the vessel access to plenty of “fresh” water without the necessity of storing gallons of H2O, which would account for too much weight and take up too much space. Read more »

Finding Clean Water in the Wilderness

November 19th, 2013

Finding Clean Water in the Wilderness

fresh spring water

Image via Oakley Originals (Flickr)

I hope that you never become stranded in the wilderness, but in the event that you do, it’s so important that you know how to find safe drinking water – note: “naturally filtered” is a fine claim on bottled water, but in the real world, it’s a bit more involved that that. I want to give you some tips on how to find clean water needed for survival. We hear miraculous survival stories in the news all the time about hikers getting lost or some other unexpected incident where people had to hunker down and survive in the wild until rescued. The one survival tactic all of these people had in common is that they managed to find water. We can live without food much longer than we can live without water, so let’s learn how to find clean drinking water in the wilderness.

Finding Your Water

It might seem as if these initial steps are obvious, but when you’re panicking a bit, it can be hard to keep your wits about you. Survival experts agree there are two key things that anyone must accomplish in a survival situation:

1)     You need to find shelter

2)     You must find clean drinking water

Fans of Lost might remember how Jack came across a fresh water source complete with shelter to boot! Just like that! Depending on where you are, it’s not going to be as easy as a scripted survival story to meet your needs while you are stranded in the wilderness. Read more »

A Comparison of Black Berkey and Ceramic Filters

November 12th, 2013

Ceramic water filtration is effective… just not as effective as other methods!


Image via William Brehm (Flickr)

A Comparison of Black Berkey and Ceramic Filters

Forgive me, because this is going to sound like a sales pitch, but if you are looking for the best water filter to protect your family’s drinking water then you need to look into a Black Berkey filter. I know you are thinking, “Lynn, that’s a sales pitch.” Honestly, however, it’s not. The Black Berkey has the right to stake its claim as the best, and I’m going to tell you why in this blog post. By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll realize that I’m not “selling” you anything; I’m ensuring you and your family have the cleanest drinking water possible, which is what I’m passionate about and why I do what I do.

Ceramic Water Filtration

Pacify me for just a second here, because I’m going to get a little scientific on you. In order to understand why the Black Berkey filter exceeds other water filters on the market, you need to understand how water filters work. Because I am talking about tap water purity, I’m going to compare the Black Berkey to a ceramic filter, a popular household water filtration system.

The ceramic water filtration process is a simple one. Ceramic is a porous material through which water can easily flow, but many other substances cannot. Ceramic filtration is effective in removing bacteria, microbial cysts, and protozoa from your tap water. It is not, however, effective in removing viral contamination; viruses are small and can easily fit through the ceramic filter’s pores.

A ceramic filtration system might also leave chemical contaminants in your water if it doesn’t have an added carbon filtration element. Dangerous substances such as chlorine, which is commonly used to “treat” municipal water sources, fluoride, prescription drug residue, and even methane gas depending on where you live, can all “fit” through the ceramic filter’s pores. Read more »

Where Bottled Water Really Comes From

November 4th, 2013

Fresh mountain spring water in your bottle? Probably not!

fresh water river

Image via Alaskan Dude (flickr)

Where Bottled Water Really Comes From

Question: Where does bottled water really come from? Answer: You’ll be surprised! The water bottle industry wants you believing that their water comes from “natural spring” water sources. Sure! They employ a ton of people to hike up into the ole’ mountains with a bunch of plastic water bottles ready for filling! I wish it were true. If it were, not only would I do that for a living, but it also might be worth joining the bottled water drinking craze, because there’s nothing better than a handful of fresh spring water. Well, it’s not true, and you probably knew I was going to say that. So let’s discuss some facts about bottled water and shed a little light on the misconceptions perpetuated by the water bottling industry .

Just the Facts, Ma’am

A man after my own heart, Peter Gleick, wrote a little ditty about America’s obsession with bottled water that stirred up a bunch of controversy at the beginning of 2013… and so it should have. Gleick did a ton of research so we didn’t have to, and he found some very interesting facts about bottled water that he – thankfully – shared with us. Here’s what Gleick found out about our water bottle H2O: Read more »