Most of you reading this blog post are likely affected by the flooding in Alberta. We’d like to take a moment at VIQUA and let you know that we are thinking of you, your family, your pets and your businesses and hope you are safe. "This is the time to pull together as a community, help each other and be hyper vigilant about your safety and the safety of others." says VIQUA's Managing Director, Ron Braun.
When there is flooding, the infrastructure, including municipal water systems, can be affected by contaminants that can have dire consequences on your health and the health of your home or business. Boil water advisories are already in place.
- See the latest Images of Alberta Flooding 2013
- For the latest updates about flooding in Calgary and the rest of Alberta: http://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/
- The Twitter hashtag for Alberta’s flooding is: #abflood
- Quick guide to emergencies in Alberta
Here is a list of resources to help make sure you’re safe:
- List of boil water advisories in Alberta from Water.ca to find out if your community is affected (updated daily). Here’s a boil water advisory app.
- From Health Canada: Boil Water Advisories and Boil Water Orders
- How to Stay Safe: Flooding prompts local states of emergency in some Alberta communities
- How to boil water from My.Health.Alberta.ca, Communication and Action Protocol for
- How the government decides if a boil water advisory should be in place. Failed Bacteriologist Results in Drinking Water For Waterworks Systems Authorized Under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
- Canadian drinking water guidelines (government)
- Pets Affected by Alberta Floods: many people and places are offering to look after pets - check Kijiji and the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society has set up a hotline for southern Alberta residents who are being evacuated and in need of temporary housing for pets. Contact AARCS at 403-250-7377 during business hours or 403-869-4694 after hours.
Independent video of How to boil water using tea light candles & everyday items when there’s no electricity or gas.
Flooding Insurance in Canada
How to know what is covered if your home has been flooded in Alberta.
- Interesting article on flood insurance from the CBC
- IBC reminds Alberta residents to protect their belongings: Overland flooding not covered by insurance
- Two Thirds of Canadians are Not Covered by Flood Insurance
- From the Cooperators
Some things that may be overlooked when a boil water advisory is in place:
- Pet’s water
- Brushing teeth
- Coffee and tea (most coffee machines don’t boil – you need at least a 1min rolling boil)
- Showering in contaminated water (some pathogens are waterborne and can be inhaled. Such as Legionnaires Disease)
- Water in your pipes – make sure you let the water run for awhile
- Just because the water looks clear doesn’t mean there are no contaminants
- Water dispensers and ice machines without water filtration
How UV Water Purification Works & Why You Need It
Call us now with any questions or to find a UVMAX or Sterilight dealer in Alberta : 1-800-265-7246
After a severe weather event, boil water advisories can last days, or even weeks, while municipalities work to get treatment facilities back online and repair infrastructure failures. During a flood, the massive amount of additional water swamping the system overwhelms water treatment facilities. This can cause the system to fail, and increases the possibility of water quality issues triggering boil water advisories in affected areas.
During a boil water advisory, you are left with a few options for drinking water, cooking, or even showering and brushing your teeth. Boiling water is effective, but takes time and you can only boil so much water at a time. Bottled water can be a temporary solution, but, after disasters, supplies of bottled water are often scarce.
How can homeowners insure that their water is safe at all times, without having to deal with the limitations of boiling water or using bottled water?
Ultraviolet water purification is a highly effective technology for dealing with post-disaster water treatment needs. UV has been used since the 1900s as a way to eliminate the health threat of microorganisms in water, and VIQUA has been perfecting this technology for use in homes since the 1970s.
How does UV work?
Water is purified as it runs through a stainless steel chamber containing a UV lamp. As water flows past the lamp, illness-causing microorganisms receive a lethal dose of UV light that attacks its DNA and alters its ability to reproduce. Harmful viruses and bacteria are deactivated, and the water is safe to drink. It’s even effective against highly chlorine-resistant microorganisms, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
Insurance for your water
Having a UV water purification system in your home is like adding another level of insurance for your family’s health and safety. By treating the water with UV as it enters your home, you ensure that every tap in your home provides safe, purified water. It’s security that gives you confidence in your tap water, and helps protect your family from the effects of weather events that can compromise tap water quality. Instead of having to boil water endlessly, or compete for bottled water, you can continue drinking your tap water, knowing it’s safe.
Natural disasters are difficult enough to deal with – ensuring your water is safe after these events can make a huge difference to you and your family.
Please note: we are not in any way responsible for the content in 3rd party links, we provide this list for Albertans affected by flooding only as a reference.