Water filter for rotting corpse particles?

Corpse found in water tankThe dead body of an Indonesian maid was found in the rooftop water tank of a residential building in Singapore, a few days ago. A Bangladeshi man has been arrested in connection with the case; he was seen choking her. It is believed that they were in an intimate relationship, and both were seen arguing on the morning her body was found. The case has been classified as a murder by the police, but the exact cause of death has not been determined.

All of those details seem trivial, however, in light of this significance: her corpse may have tainted the drinking water of 700 residents. One resident reported seeing white bubbles in her water while bathing her children. Doctors recommended boiling the water prior to consumption, in order to kill any bacteria or other pathogens present from the corpse, but I’m not sure that I could stomach the thought of drinking water tainted by a dead body, boiled or not.

Incidents like these are few and far between, so I don’t think that a mass manufacture of water filters designed to remove rotting corpse particles would be necessary. (We already have filters that will remove radioactive particles – perhaps they will filter dead body remnants as well…) I’m curious, though, as to what our readers would do in this situation. Boil the water and drink it? Purchase bottled water until the tank is cleaned and sterilized? Buy a Katadyn emergency water filter? Or move out of the building altogether?

With news of more frequent natural disasters, dead bodies found in residential water tanks, and reports of a potential zombie apocalypse from the CDC, now might be a good time to get prepared for the days ahead. We suggest you start by reviewing our post on “How to Survive the Apocalypse with Filters Fast,” as well as our article on Emergency Water Purification.

Hydropack Emergency Water Filter

HydropackThe Hydropack is a small pouch that may be used to filter water in disaster situations, such as the Haiti earthquake, or the recent earthquake in Japan. Using a technology called forward osmosis, this small pouch is basically a membrane that lets in only water, rejecting even the harshest of contaminants. Filled with a syrup that contains calories and electrolytes, it also provides energy to malnourished disaster victims. Similar to a Capri Sun pouch, a straw is poked into the top when ready to drink.

Pros? It is less taxing on the environment than bottled water, since the pouches are small. Still, it is unclear (at least, to me) how the membranes are disposed of, once used, or if and how they may be recycled.

Cons? According to this video, the Hydropack takes twelve hours to work its magic. To supply clean water to an entire community, hundreds of pouches would have to be left overnight in a large body of water.

It may not be the most sustainable solution to the third world clean water crisis, but for disaster situations, it does provide a slightly better alternative to bottled water. What do you think? Is this the best emergency water filter you’ve seen?

Water Filters for Radioactive Water Contamination?

Katadyn Microfilter Emergency Water Filter

Some Katadyn emergency water filters are able to reduce radioactive particles.

U.S. based company, DynGlobal, recently announced that they are supporting the victims of the Japan earthquake disaster by providing portable and point-of-use solar-powered water purification units. These units feature a four-stage ultrafiltration process that filters out arsenic, mercury, lead, bacteria and heavy metals, and have capacities ranging from 100 to 40,000 liters per day. But, that’s not all; these water purification units are also able to filter radioactive water contamination. This is very significant, since radioactive traces have been discovered in tap water supplies in Tokyo and other areas near the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Radiation, which was also detected in spinach and milk, poses a health risk if absorbed into the human body.

Although bottled water is often the solution in these types of emergency situations, DynGlobal asserts that it “is neither cost-effective, nor sustainable. Government agencies and relief organizations pay hundreds of dollars per gallon to supply water.  South Korea, China, and the United States are shipping in tons of bottled water … It didn’t work in Haiti and won’t be an adequate solution for Japan.”

And of course, we would have to agree. The earthquake has already cost its victims a lot in terms of land and natural resources. Filtered water is the way to go in this crisis – especially if the purification unit is able to remove radioactive material.

For U.S. west coast dwellers who are fearful of the consequences of radiation, FiltersFast carries Katadyn emergency water filters, which are great for disasters like these. Often employed by the U.S. military or disaster relief agencies like the Red Cross, several Katadyn microfilters are able to reduce bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores, sediment, dirt, micro-organisms, viruses and other particles down to the 0.2 micron level. And most importantly, they are even able to filter radioactive particles. While you’re busy seeking out potassium iodide to protect yourself from airborne radiation, don’t forget to order your Katadyn Mini Ultralight Series Microfilter from FiltersFast. Or, for larger groups of people, try the Katadyn Gravidyn Drip Water Filter System, which uses gravitational filter action, and does not require pumping or connection to a tap.

You can never be too careful…