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Health Officials Issue Strict Warnings About Contaminated Water After a Flood or Natural Disaster

(PRWEB) October 24, 2013

This past month’s Colorado flooding was the worst that the region has ever seen and they were not alone. Coastal regions in China, Thailand, Vietnam and much of Southeast Asia also had the misfortune of being hit by terrible floods in the month of September. Every summer, torrential rains and typhoons create flooding which can wreak havoc on human communities. These natural disasters destroy crops and wash away homes, but even when the water subsides there are still many lasting problems to contend with. When it comes to health and sanitation during and after the cleanup, people should be aware of the benefits of installing a home water purification system and how it can protect them from water contamination.

Flood waters can overrun sewage systems, oil and gas wells, and waste water treatment plants to spread toxic and microbial contaminants far and wide throughout a vast region. Local tap and drinking water sources from lakes, rivers and wells can all become contaminated, disrupting water delivery and causing health concerns. The recent floods in Colorado are a good example, with health officials warning local residents to take precaution due to the millions of gallons of sewage and thousands of gallons of oil that have been released throughout the state. Reports of E.coli contamination have also led several towns and districts to issuing boil water advisories as part of their emergency response plan.

Families need to have an emergency response plan too, and clean water should be at the top of their priority list. While stocking bottled water is a good idea, it should be considered as only a temporary solution for providing drinking water. It does not address the dangers of having potentially flood tainted water flowing throughout the house for weeks during the long cleanup process after a natural disaster. “First and foremost, even with a water filter installed, I would not recommend people to drink or bathe from their tap water until their city authorizes them to do so,” said Ken Wong, a WQA certified specialist at APEC Water Systems, an American water filtration systems manufacturer. “Many home water filtration systems are not designed to directly treat highly polluted flood water; however when water has been restored by the city, home filter systems can be very effective at removing the remaining smaller, trace pollutants that are missed by municipal treatment plants.” Wong’s recommendations include installing a reverse osmosis system for safe drinking water and consulting with a professional water company like APEC to discuss different whole house water filter options available for purifying water throughout the home.

As a long-time US manufacturer of water purification systems, APEC understands the urgency and importance of supporting communities with clean water solutions after a natural disaster. In the past, APEC has provided customized water purification solutions to organizations and cities that needed specialized water treatment. Immediately after the Haiti earthquake, APEC donated specialized industrial-grade reverse osmosis systems to provide safe drinking water to thousands of people in local communities. Days after Fukushima, Japan’s tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown, APEC mobilized quickly to maximize the production of their RO-CTOP countertop RO systems to effectively meet the high demand coming out of Japan for portable radioactive water filters. Private companies and organizations can contract APEC to build customized systems that meets the critical performance demands needed for disaster and emergency relief efforts. Regardless of the scale or specificity of the project, APEC Water has the expertise and operating capacity to provide effective solutions for any residential and commercial water purification application or need. “While people can never really prepare properly for a natural disaster, they do have options when it comes to protecting their water and health during the aftermath and cleanup,” says Wong. “We will be here to help.”

About APEC Water

For over 17 years, APEC has been an industry leading manufacturer of high performance residential and commercial water purification systems. Based out of Southern California, APEC specializes in building the highest quality reverse osmosis drinking water systems and backwashing whole house water filters right here in the USA. The company offers system customizations and their products are available exclusively through their website at which also provides an extensive water filtration guide and library to the public. To learn more about APEC Water and the Total Solution system, please visit or call customer service at 1-800-880-4808 for more information.

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