Prepping 101: How to store water for emergency preparedness

The human body needs water to function properly, and a person may only survive for a few days without water. Clean water is also important for sanitation and hygiene. This is why having an emergency supply of clean, safe water is essential when SHTF. But there’s more to water storage than filling drums and buckets with potable … Continue reading Prepping 101: How to store water for emergency preparedness

Is your garden “fertilizer” made from toxic sewage sludge?

Summer is almost here, which means millions of Americans are busily planting their gardens for the season. With that typically comes lots of fertilizer, many brands of which contain toxic sewer sludge, also known as “biosludge,” disguised as plant “food.” The Sierra Club recently conducted a study on garden fertilizer and found that much of it … Continue reading Is your garden “fertilizer” made from toxic sewage sludge?

Scientists find toxic “forever chemicals” in home fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Many home gardeners buy compost or fertilizers to improve the quality of their soil. Unfortunately, some home fertilizers made from biosolids – nutrient-rich, organic materials derived from sewage sludge – contain alarmingly high levels of “forever chemicals,” or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Those are the findings of a recent report by scientists with Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in … Continue reading Scientists find toxic “forever chemicals” in home fertilizers made from sewage sludge

This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

Designer Henry Glogau has developed a skylight that uses seawater to provide natural ambient light and clean drinking water. The device is charged by a mini solar panel during the day. The remaining sea salt is also funneled into a dozen zinc and copper batteries that power a strip of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Glogau’s device, which he dubbed Solar … Continue reading This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

Prepping 101: Emergency water storage for beginners

Storing an emergency water supply prepares you for scenarios in which access to water is restricted. In order to be prepared, you need to keep an adequate supply not only for your family’s drinking needs but also for sanitation, cooking, cleaning and the like. This will require food-grade water containers, as well as a backup plan, should … Continue reading Prepping 101: Emergency water storage for beginners

Homesteading 101: How to purify dirty well water

Having a well as a primary or additional source of water on a homestead is important whether you’re a prepper or not. This is because natural disasters may cut off water supplies for days or even weeks. Thus, having a well helps you to become self-sufficient when it comes to your water supply. But having … Continue reading Homesteading 101: How to purify dirty well water

Prepper must-haves: Securing your water supply before disaster strikes

Ensuring you have adequate water supply is an absolute must if you wish to make it through a disaster. For starters, you will not last a few days if you don’t drink enough water. Additionally, you need to get rid of dirty dishes, wash your hands and deal with human waste, among other things. So it’s … Continue reading Prepper must-haves: Securing your water supply before disaster strikes

Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean, says it’s “unavoidable”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the government has put off figuring out what to do with all of the radioactive water at the now-defunct Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for long enough. The prime minister will decide next week whether to dump the radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean in spite of strong opposition from fishermen in Fukushima. Officials … Continue reading Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean, says it’s “unavoidable”

Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

Experts are raising the alarm about a certain family of chemicals that are found in several commercial cleaning products. Quaternary ammonium compounds, or quats, are charged chemicals that can kill bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. But though they are effective disinfectants, researchers found that quats can give rise to serious health and environmental problems, including antibiotic resistance, … Continue reading Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

EPA pledges to regulate PFAS in drinking water

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new action items that would put the agency one step closer to regulating “forever chemicals” in drinking water. The toxic chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have contaminated drinking water in the U.S. over the past few decades. More than two years ago, a former EPA administrator … Continue reading EPA pledges to regulate PFAS in drinking water