60 percent of the human body consists of water. A person can typically live without air for 3 minutes, water for 3 days, and food for 3 weeks. Needless to say water is a great necessity for survival. Without some source of clean drinking water you may end up in dire straits. Pure clean water should be used to drink, cook, and wash with, (hygiene and washing dishes/other cooking supplies).
If you are in your house when a crisis situation arises you’ll want to check to see if you have water pressure. If you still have pressure you will want to fill up any container you can get your hands on with clean water. If you do not have pressure anymore, don’t fret there’s still ways that you can access clean water.
Grand Pappy Info- has some great tips on how to get access to clean water using three sources:
2. In your water pipes, and
3. Inside the hot water heater.
Even if the water pressure is off, there’s still some water inside the water pipes in your house or apartment. However, you’ll also need to open the greatest cold water faucet in your house to allow air to enter the cold water pipes so the water may flow out the water faucet into your collection container. This will drain all the water from your cold water pipes but NOT your hot water pipes.
Most hot water heaters comprise 40 gallons of clean water. However, BEFORE you you can get it you MUST turn off the power or turn off the gas to your hot water heater, or you could start a fire. This is enough emergency water to last a family of four for 20 days if they simply drink the water and do not wash with this. This is the BEST source of reserve drinking water for the typical family because it is always being used and replaced inside the hot water heater before the emergency. Therefore it will be fresh and clean at the start of an emergency. (Note: Some hot water heaters don’t have a simple access water value at their base. Before an emergency you should take a look at your hot water heater and determine if you’re able to get to the water within your heater. If you can not, then you could consider having a plumber install a standard water faucet value in the water line at the bottom of the hot water heater.)” .
There are lots of emergency drinking water storage containers such as the Water BOB that you can purchase and use in the event of emergency. The point is to fill it until the disaster strikes.
How to Ensure your water is safe to consume:
If the water isn’t coming out of your kitchen faucet you will want to consider it dangerous to drink. Most water that’s not coming from your kitchen faucet is contaminated with disease causing organisms; even if it looks clean.
The best way to be certain that all the contaminants are killed is to boil water.
Water does not need to get to the boiling point to be safe to drink; just needs to reach 185 F (85 C). At this temp nearly all disease causing organisms have been destroyed.
Liquid Chlorine Bleach (5.25% -6% strength).
If water appears to be cloudy use 16 drops of bleach per gallon. Water should be room temperature for best results. As soon as you’ve added the bleach you will want to wait one hour for the bleach to kill all of the tiny organisms. If you can’t detect a faint smell of bleach then you will want to repeat the procedure by adding in the drops of bleach and waiting another hour. After 2nd hour in the event that you still do not smell faint bleach smell you may wish to discard, since it contains to a lot of contaminants. (If you are stock piling bleach for this purpose remember to not buy too much at a time; bleach only has around 6-9 month shelf life).
Calcium Hypochlorite Granules 68 percent (Substance used to clean swimming pools):
These granules do not clean as economically as boiling water or chlorine bleach. After adding in the granules you will need to wait 1 hour. Once again if you can smell a faint chlorine odor then it’s safe to drink. If you can’t detect a faint smell of chlorine you will want to discard; it is unsafe to drink. Calcium Hpochlorite Granules has a longer shelf life then liquid bleach.
Water Purification systems:
There are many purification systems which do a fairly effective job at purifying/eliminating contaminants. Typically the issue with purification systems is they are expensive. One of my favorite water purification methods is the Berkey light. The system is intended for use during travel, outdoor activities, and in unexpected emergencies. The system can purify both treated and untreated raw water from sources such as lakes and streams.
Any disaster, whether large or small, may force us to go days, weeks or even possibly months without Your basic necessities. If you couldn’t have access to them, would you be able to live? Be ready!
Any disaster, whether large or small, may induce us to go days, weeks or even possibly months without water, food and or electricity. If you couldn’t have access to treated water, would you be able to survive? Be ready!