We have talked about these issues before at length here at Backwoods Survival Blog, but ensuring a safe water supply is literally *THE* most important part of your emergency preparations and, therefore, bears reiterating. Remember, on average we can survive up to three weeks without food, but only *THREE DAYS* without fresh, clean water to drink.
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UN: Polluted water killing, sickening millions - Yahoo! News: "More people die from polluted water every year than from all forms of violence, including war, the U.N. said in a report Monday that highlights the need for clean drinking water.
The report, launched Monday to coincide with World Water Day, said an estimated 2 billion tons of waste water — including fertilizer run-off, sewage and industrial waste — is being discharged daily. That waste fuels the spread of disease and damages ecosystems.
'Sick Water' — the report from the U.N. Environment Program — said that 3.7 percent of all deaths are attributed to water-related diseases, translating into millions of deaths. More than half of the world's hospital beds are filled by people suffering from water-related illnesses, it said..."