No Water, Part 2
There was an interesting question last week in the comments of the No Water, No Warning post. Diana asked if any of the common filters we preppers have on hand could handle a chemical like crude 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM)? Jarhead and I both agreed that none of them would.
I saw this quote in a nerdy publication and thought I’d share, for those still interested in what’s known and unknown about this chemical (And literally tens of thousands of others too.) Those of you familiar with MDMS sheets, apparently the sheet for this chemical contained more than two dozen entries marked “no data available.”
“There is not a great deal known about MCHM’s toxicity, and that is one of the reasons this accident has been difficult,” says Daniel M. Horowitz, managing director of the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board. “You never want to be in the position of performing a toxicity experiment like this on your own drinking water supply.” –Chemical & Engineering News
Toxicity experiments are the ones where the scientists see how many of the 30 rats die at each dosage level. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Do you know what’s upstream from your drinking water supply?
Also, don’t miss this first hand account, from ModernSurvivalOnline.com. Some good clear headed information about what he saw and didn’t see during the water crises.
The solid, cold type of water
Apparently we’re in for more polar vortex weather this week. Hopefully everyone’s recovered from the last one and prepped for the next round. I heard during the last one, that the extreme cold can help slow down the spread of certain invasive species. Not Emerald Ash Borer, unfortunately, but some of the wimpier moths and vines. A slight comfort, I’m sure.
Stay warm out there folks. And protect your drinking water. And yes, the doomer in me thinks we’re already screwed on that account.
– Calamity Jane