Weather extremes occur more often. Major storm events appear more frequent and severe. There are droughts, then there are floods. We combat wildfires by turning off power, leaving many without water as well.
Our water infrastructure is aging. So are we, and we want to spend our golden years (and then some) in our homes.
We should be taking water security more seriously.
What We Commonly Hear
As leader in the backup water security systems, a new category getting more attention, many people are interested in what we do and how we do it. We have fascinating discussions, but these discussions often highlight misperceptions people have about water security.
There are two frequent phrases we hear when people discuss water security: “I’m on public water”, and “I have a generator.” Interestingly, those on public water aren’t aware of their risk, and those with a generator often don’t understand what a generator can and can’t do.
Water Main Breaks are More Common
Our public water infrastructure is old. It’s not maintained nor replaced proactively—it’s fixed when it breaks, and only the broken section is made new.
Look no further that this week’s 8 foot diameter Houston water main break to see why water security is important. Thousands of homes and businesses without potable water with NO NOTICE. In Houston, 2011 drought conditions caused 700 water main breaks IN ONE DAY!
And consider public water systems following EVERY major hurricane strike in EVERY gulf and east coast city. Surging tides and floods cause physical damage to public water infrastructure and contaminate both public and private water supplies.
Generators provide NO water security for public water customers.
Generators Have Significant Costs and Limitations
“I have a generator” is a badge of honor for many—a source of pride. The power goes out, the generator comes on (if automatic), lights blaze, and the TV roars. Life is good and the neighbors envious. But when you dig deeper, you discover much they don’t know, but should, about their generator:
- Will it run?
- When was the last time it was tested?
- How long will it run?
- How much fuel is in the tank?
- How much does it cost to run?
- What else is powered by the fuel tank?
They rarely have answers. Generators can be expensive purchases, need maintenance, may be expensive to operate, and may pull from a fuel source powering other systems. Not understanding your home as a system may leave you without power, water, heating and/or air conditioning, when you need it most. But, water is most important!
Generators Don’t Solve All Water Woes
Those on water wells frequently offer generators as the answer to all water problems. Generators only address ONE issue related to water—a power outage. They DON”T ADDRESS ANY of the other events that can leave people without water: pump failure, well tank switch failure, electrical line failure in the well casing, water contamination (common during hurricanes and flooding) etc. Generators do provide other valued benefits, but they don’t address water security thoroughly.
Bigger Well Tanks are Not the Answer
Almost everyone on a well system has a well tank. These commonly misunderstood components serve one purpose: managing water pressure and the amount of time that a well pump runs. They store a relatively small amount of water (approximate 1/4 of the volume of the tank), and only have the maximum amount of water in them at the very end of a fill cycle. If the well pump stops breaks at the end of the cycle, you’ll have considerably less. Large well tanks don’t provide the volume water security of a system specifically engineered for water security does.
Hurricane, Tornadoes, Floods, Wildfires. Oh my!
When the Mother Nature strikes, you should be ready for a long-term event. Hope for a short one, but be ready to ride out an extended water outage. If you’re interested in water security for your home or business, and you should be, consider a system specifically engineered for water security. You, your family, and your loved ones will always be ready.