You can’t even trust the purity of rainwater these days, so if you’ll be forced to drink from unreliable water sources during a crisis you’ll risk becoming contaminated.
Water scarcity is another severe issue, and during those times of utmost need, people will kill for only a sip of water.
I don’t want to scare you, all I want is to provide a proper set of tricks that will keep you away from all water-related troubles that may occur.
This time I want to teach you three basic tips used for securing, purifying and collecting water.
1.Let’s start with the most basic requirement – water stockpiling.
Every prepper recognizes the need for water supplies. It doesn’t require the extra care of purifying it, and you can sort your rations so that they may last a planned amount of time.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you should keep at least one gallon of liquid at hand for each person in the household per day. This will help you determine the optimal amount of water required for your family.
FEMA also recommends storing the bottled water inside a cool place where light cannot infiltrate. This way your supplies will last longer and will not require to be changed.
Commercial water usually has an expiration date of about two years. As a stockpiler, your sole need regarding water safety is to check the expiration dates on each bottle and replace them whenever the need arises.
2.The second basic rule is purification.
You know it all too well that contaminated water may cause nausea, rashes, headaches, diarrhea, and you name it. Having a portable water purifier or filter available during a crisis or in a situation where you’re not sure of the water quality can work wonders.
However, there’s likely that you won’t have one available at all times, or the quantity of bad water for purification may exceed the purifier’s capabilities. In this case, you can use this cheap, basic substance that will make the bad water drinkable – bleach.
I know it sounds strange to mix bleach with bad water since both are not fit for human consumption. But both of them combined form a safe mix that’s ready to drink in as less as thirty minutes.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) points out that, by adding 1/8 teaspoon of regular bleach with no scent to a gallon of clean water (that may still contain bacteria) or ¼ teaspoon of non-scented bleach to one gallon of murky water will make it fit for human consumption.
Just stir it up and leave the composition to rest for about thirty minutes before drinking it. You can keep a dozen bleach bottles close to your water storage just in case.
Remember that not even rainwater is safe to drink anymore, especially during a disaster, so your best bet would be adding a drop of bleach to kill the dangerous bacteria and other pollutants.
3.The third rule involves water salvaging.
In case you remain stranded inside your household, finding water within is crucial. One of the most overlooked places that hides a small oasis is your water boiler.
FEMA approves that drinkable water can easily be collected from your water heater. All that it is required for this procedure is to cut off the power by unplugging the heater, close the valve to the water tank, open the valve beneath the tank, and turn on the nearest sink to let the water pour through.
Your water heater will then provide plenty of drinkable water. It’s important to check for any impurities that could make it out of the tank during this process. If you feel like the water is still not safe to drink, you can always employ the bleach water purifying method.
These 3 basic tips should further add to your preparedness know-how and should assist you when things steer away from their ordinary course. By combining these three methods you should be able to collect water supplies for at least a couple of weeks.
If things become messy, remember to stay indoors and keep your resources secure and away from prying eyes. If water becomes a scarce resource, then other people might hurt you to reach your stash.
It’s also important to remain as silent as possible regarding these vital resources and only let your family members and close relatives know about them. Boasting about them will turn you into an imminent target once a water crisis escalates.
Think beforehand, think for your own good and for the ones you hold dear. Preparedness is key, but it won’t help you much unless you combine it with other vital skills from your survivalist’s arsenal.
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