By Tom Martin
Listen to my podcast with Kurtis Daniels from WaterStep.org as we discuss the mission of WaterStep, what they do to help people find water independence, and how Preppers can get involved. In the middle of the podcast Kurtis offers two opportunities to win. The first opportunity was for live listeners (that chance has already passed), but you still have one last chance to win by downloading this podcast and following the simple instructions that he provides in the podcast.
Introducing the WaterStep water filter to my wife’s family and her community in the Philippines.
While I was visiting my wife and her family in the Philippines, I had the opportunity to make my first attempt at a humanitarian effort by introducing a water filter to her community from a company called WaterStep. I wanted to bring one of these water filters with me because I believe in this organization and their products. While water in the Philippines is very abundant, clean drinking water is not. Municipal water, where available, is not as good of quality as in the U.S. I even did a water test myself and it showed bacteria in the water. Most people in rural areas don’t even have access to municipal water so they either pump their water from shallow wells or get it from rivers and streams that are full of microorganisms. Bottled water is out of the question for people who are extremely poor.
The filter that I brought with me is a 0.02 micron drip water filter. It’s capable of filtering microorganisms, bacteria, and even many viruses. What’s great about the filter is you don’t have to replace it. It could conceivably last a family a lifetime. You simply open a valve on the filter and use a small hand pump to back wash it out. It is a drip filter so it doesn’t work really fast. With this type of filter it’s best to have a tank or water source connected to the inlet of the filter, then have the filter set up to drip into a large clean water tank and have it set up to drip over a period of time. I drilled a small hole in a tank that holds the source water, from there the water travels through a flexible hose to the water filter and then from there the water flows through the filter and drips it into a clean water tank. If every family had a simple system set up like this in their home and communities, virtually all of the water borne illnesses could be eliminated. I encourage you to get involved in WaterStep, either to get involved in humanitarian efforts or to get a water filter of your own.