60% of the human body is made up of water. A individual can typically live without air for 3 minutes, water for 3 times, and food for 3 weeks. Obviously water is a great necessity for survival. With no source of clean drinking water you may find yourself in dire straits.
If you’re in your home 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 any container up you can get your hands on with clean water. If you do not have pressure anymore, do not fret there is still ways that you can get clean water.
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Even if the water pressure is off, there is still some water inside the water pipes in your house or apartment. It can be emptied from the water pipes (using gravity) by opening the LOWEST cold water faucet in your home, which will usually be on the first floor, or the basement, or outside. 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 in your collection container. This will drain all of the water out of your cold water pipes but NOT your hot water pipes.
Most hot water heaters comprise 40 gallons of fresh water. But BEFORE you can access it you MUST turn off the electricity or turn off the gas to your hot water heater, or you might start a fire. This is sufficient emergency water to last a family of four to 20 days if they simply drink the water and don’t wash with it. This is the BEST source of reserve drinking water for the average family because it is constantly being used and replaced within the hot water heater before the emergency. Therefore it’ll be clean and fresh at the start of an emergency. (Note: Some hot water heaters do NOT have an easy access water value at their foundation. Prior to 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 might consider having a plumber install a standard water faucet value in the water line at the bottom of the hot water heater.)” .
There are many emergency drinking water storage containers such as the Water BOB that you can purchase and use in case of emergency. It holds up to 100 gallons of water and keeps up it to 4 weeks. The idea is to fill it until the disaster strikes.
How to make sure that your water is safe to drink:
If the water isn’t coming from your kitchen faucet you’ll want to consider it dangerous to drink. Most water that’s not coming from the kitchen faucet is infected with disease causing organisms; even if it looks clean.
The best way to be certain that all of the contaminants are murdered is to boil the water.
Water does not need to reach the boiling point to be safe to drink; just needs to achieve 185 F (85 C). At this temp nearly all disease causing organisms have been destroyed.
If water appears to be muddy use 16 drops of bleach per gallon. Water should be room temperature for best results. Once you have added the bleach you are going to 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 might want to repeat the procedure by incorporating in the drops of bleach and waiting another hour. After 2nd hour if you still do not smell faint bleach odor you may wish to discard, since it contains to many 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% (Substance used to clean swimming pools):
These granules do not clean as efficiently as boiling water or chlorine bleach. The granules can kill bacteria and viruses, but not effective in neutralizing harmful chemicals or radioactive particles. After adding in the granules you’ll have to wait 1 hour. Once again if you can smell a faint chlorine odor then it is 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.
There are lots of purification systems that do a fairly effective job at purifying/eliminating contaminants. Typically the problem with purification systems is they are costly. 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 induce 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 survive? Be ready!
Any disaster, whether large or small, may force us to go days, weeks or even possibly months without food, water and or electricity. If you could not have access to treated water, would you be able to live? Be ready!