Are There Worms In Your Water?


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The idea of drinking water with worms in it certainly isn’t appealing. But residents of a small Oklahoma town have recently been advised not to drink the water or use it for cooking for that very reason…

However there is one prep item, that if you had it, would ensure your avoidance of this type of contamination…

Despite the fact that town officials have said there are no adverse health effects with the red ‘blood’ worms which had infested the towns water supply, residents of the Oklahoma town Colcord, near the Arkansas border, are being asked to avoid drinking tap water until the local utility is sure that it has gotten rid of tiny red worms that got into the water system.

The worms range in size from 1/2 to 1 inch, and apparently the chlorine in the town’s water supply won’t kill them. Even pure bleach won’t kill them… “You can take the worms and put them in a straight cup of bleach and leave them in there for about four hours, and they still won’t die,” said the Colcord water commissioner.

The reason for this article is to use this example as another good reason to have yourself a quality drinking water filter. You never know what might enter your municipal water supply.

Imagine how bad it could get during a SHTF event, and/or when you might have to get your own water from a stream or lake…

Safe drinking water should be one of your top priorities when you’re evaluating your preps.

Clean fresh water is, and always will be a precious resource. Get yourself a decent water filter that fits your budget.

It just makes sense…

Big Berkey Countertop Water Filter

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  1. WOW

    what kind of water filter do you use in your home? is it a whole house filtration system, or just under the kitchen sink for drinking water?

    re the above…for sure this is gross…and am wondering, how did it happen that these worms “got in”, or is this common? (God help us, “fortified water or not”?

    what also would concern me, if I lived there, is, after they have “killed off” the worms,
    a)what will the toxic by products be then in the drinking water
    b)since javex will not kill these buggers, town must be planning to use some strong chemicals….Wonder if anyone has considered what said chemicals effects might be? Said chemicals metabolites might be?

  2. This is another reason I am glad I am on well water. In fact our well is so deep I doubt anything can live in our water. It comes out like ice water it is so cold. It’s 500 feet deep. That being said, we would test our water every few years just to make sure nothing contaminated it but that got to be expensive. So instead I set up a 55 gallon fish tank. I had read that aquatic life is very sensitive to contaminents in water. Well those were the healthiest fish I ever saw. In fact the pair I had just passed away of old age. We also have a pond and a brook 100 feet behind our house should we be unable to extract water from the well and a rain barrel. Then we have a Berkey filter to use for those sources.

  3. This is an embarrassment to the water industry to say that the worms have come through the filter. Plain bulls**t! The worms eat decaying matter. Just the presence, absence, or quantities of various species in a body of water can indicate whether pollutants are present. This water plant has contamination problems. A problem associated with settlement in their fresh water holding tanks and lines. They need to flush their water mains and fresh water wells.
    A wastewater plant has these insects all the time. Water plants? They need a good (real) water operator!

  4. I live about 5 miles from Colcord! This is a very poor rural town. They have one gas station which is not even within the city limits. Inside the city limits is a school, police dept, city offices and one tiny mom and pop kind of grocery store that is more like a quick stop kind of place. They have to come to Gentry or to Siloam Springs to go to a real grocry store! Most of the town is single wide run down trailers or old red neck houses. I said that to say this… I do not see that town having the resources to do much of anything other than pour a gallon of chlorox in their water tower every so often. So I am not surprised. Gladly I have a well. We are about 300 feet short of getting rural water where I am! And I am happy about that!

    1. That makes sense then.. a lack of adequate resources. If given a choice, I would rather have my own well anyway – for the self-sufficiency aspect (along with a spare pump, and a means to power the pump using alternative energy – just in case). And a water filter – just in case.

      By the way, isn’t that part of Arkansas being heavily ‘fracked’? I had heard awhile back that the fracking process and chemicals were causing water problems (and earthquakes)?

    2. I live in Grove, about 30 miles from Colcord. I think it is time for me to look into digging a new well. I’ve been putting it off but this story has inspired me to make some changes sooner rather than later. Worms,,,yuck.

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