Let's begin with a few key points of what your Mobile Water Purification System (MOWAPS) should NOT be:
- powered by electricity
- powered through strenuous physical exertion
- ridiculously cost-prohibitive
- difficult to operate & troubleshoot
- expensive & difficult to order replacement parts
- challenging to maintain
- requiring specialized assembly
Now that we know the NOTs of your MOWAPS, we can determine the DOs of your MOWAPS:
- Off-the Grid functional (no electricity needed for operation)
- minimal physical effort to operate
- valuable yet affordable
- easy to operate & troubleshoot
- affordable & easily replaceable parts
- simple to maintain
- compact size & easily transportable
- requires minimal assembly
If you're familiar with the Berkey Systems, then you know that they meet every one of the DO points at the very least. But this post is not so much a commercial for our products as it is intended to be informative and educational.
The MOWAPS is the quickest and most versatile step toward having water preparations, given that you have a source of water from which to draw. This will be discussed in the Contingency Plan post (Part 4/5).
It is important that your Mobile Water Purification System be able to address the most common contaminants to drinking water. These include:
- pathogens: bacteria, protozoa (cysts), viruses
- agricultural waste: fertilizers, pesticides
- industrial waste: chemicals from manufacturing, waste water
- naturally occurring contaminants: foul tastes, heavy metals, odors, rust, sediment, silt
Ideally, your MOWAPS will be able to filter the water, as well as purify it from pathogens and harmful chemical residuals. The Berkey Systems are able to filter the water, but the real power of the Black Berkeys is found in their ability to address the ionic adsorption of contaminants.
As powerful as the Berkey Systems are, choosing the right size of a MOWAPS is crucial in being adequately prepared. We'll cover that in the second-part of this 5 part series:
Part 1/5 Part 2/5 Part 3a/5 Part 3b/5 Part 4/5 Part 5/5
-The Berkey Guy
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