Napa, California Earthquake is a Wake-up Call

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Napa, California Earthquake is a Wake-up Call

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake that had its epicenter near Napa, California struck in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Thankfully the time of day resulted in many fewer injuries.  Had this occurred during the “shopping hours” there would have been thousands of people out on the streets, where facades from buildings came crashing to the sidewalks.  Even so, scores of people have been treated at local hospitals. You may have seen the mobile homes on fire on television.  Typically a fire could be extinguished quickly.  However, earthquakes not only damage structure above ground they can also destroy buried infrastructure like gas and water lines.  In Napa it disrupted both.  The gas line ruptures resulted in fires, and the water line ruptures meant there was no water for firefighters to extinguish the flames. If you install the app QuakeWatch, or others like it, you can see the earthquakes that occur globally each day.  There are hundreds every day of QuakeWatchvarying magnitudes.   The magnitudes of earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale, which is a 10 point logarithmic scale.  Quakes below 4 often go unnoticed by most people.  An earthquake of magnitude 6 is ten times stronger than an earthquake of magnitude 5.  The earthquake that struck Japan several years ago was magnitude 9, so you can appreciate earthquakes can be much stronger and more damaging that the Napa quake. Even though this was a relatively small earthquake, in a geographical sense there are lessons to be learned from it.

  1. Earthquakes occur without warning.
  2. Earthquakes can be devastating physically and emotionally.
  3. Aftershock earthquakes can be expected in the same area.
  4. Earthquakes can destroy underground infrastructure, including water.
  5. Earthquakes can result in cross contamination of water supplies.

The video explains the reason why earthquakes warnings cannot get better. If a major quake was to hit Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle there could be major issues resulting from the infrastructure destruction.  This would make getting a supply of drinking water rapidly to all citizens very difficult, if not impossible. Water is essential to life.  We can only live for a matter of days without water and consuming biologically contaminated water potential can be deadly.  Every family should be prepared.  Federal and State governments recommend that every family have at least 3 days of water stored for an emergency. One way to do this is with an AquaNui distiller with a 15 gallon stainless steel storage tank, shown at Why is the size of the tank so important?  If the water supply is cut off, you may not have water from the tap to treat with a filter, reverse osmosis system or even a distiller.  It’s the water in storage that will sustain your family.  15 gallons of water from your AquaNui distiller could be a life saver and because it was created with a distiller, the water will be of exceptionally high purity.


  1. Nina Lara
    January 24, 2015

    Hi, I was reading about the Solar Still when I clicked the link to your website.
    I need to produce about a half gallon of distiller water per day to clean my husbands medical equipment. Which size would be best.

    Also, I looked on Amazon and found less expensive water distillers. Any comments?

    Thank you.

    • Jim
      January 28, 2015

      Thank you for the opportunity to address your concerns. It sounds like from what you described, the AquaNui CT will be ideal for your needs. It will produce almost a full gallon of distilled water in about 6 hours. I will cover some of the features of our distillers so you can learn about what makes them different and superior to the less expensive ‘disposable’ distillers on the market. First of all, we are a family-owned business with very high standards. We handcraft our distillers here in Lincoln, Nebraska and put each unit through inspection and testing prior to shipment. We also provide the longest warranty in the industry on a countertop distiller! All electrical components are covered for 2 years and all stainless steel components are covered for 15 years. They are high quality stainless steel appliances that if properly maintained will last many years, most likely decades! A key design difference in our distillers, is that we’ve engineered them so they do not boil dry when they are done with a batch. There will actually be water left behind in your boiling tank, covering the heating element. If a distiller is not designed this way, then the heating element keeps heating until there is nothing left in the boiling chamber which allows it to get very hot, very fast (we’re talking a couple thousand degrees!), this can volatize contaminants that should’ve been left behind. So one of the benefits of leaving water over the heating element is that you’ll likely get higher purity of water. It is also safer to have a distiller that uses a timer or float to indicate shutoff rather than the high temperature tripping a thermal switch. Also, maintenance of the distiller will be much easier because instead of the hard minerals getting ‘caked on’ with each batch, they will be concentrated in the leftover water, which you can easily drain out of the boiling tank. This design difference is key to having a long lasting, trouble-free distiller.

      If you have any more questions about the AquaNui CT, please feel free to contact us at (800) 875-5915 ext. 3.

      Thank you Kindly,

      The AquaNui Team

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