Prepare for water crisis
Dedicated to the people of Venezuela
You can prepare for different emergency situations. But the most important thing, is water.
You can survive up to 3 weeks without food but only up to 3 days without water… You need it to stay hydrated, to clean wounds, to cook your survival food and for hygiene. The minimum amount of water per person per day should be 1 gallon of water (3.78L) at least.
Don’t forget also that in many water crisis situations and disasters, whatever water source you have available may become contaminated and can be lost. Floods and hurricanes could result in dirty brown. water coming down from faucets. A contamination of some sort or a nuclear meltdown could mean you end up with water with bacteria in it, or even radioactive substances, chemicals etc…
A nuclear meltdown isn’t high on the priorities list of most people, so I want to give you the top ways to make sure you have clean water during a crisis.
#1. Get a personal water filter.
This is the easiest way to prep water-wise. A personal water filter is lightweight and cheap and it can purify the vast majority of bacteria and pathogens. Some of them can also remove heavy metals.
#2. Get emergency drinking water storage containers.
Store drinking water as mucha as you can. You never know long the crisis or the emergency situation will last.
#3. Get a dehumidifier
You probably saw many videos and articles showing these weird devices that can turn air into water.
There are a few downsides. For one, you need electricity to run it. Another thing to consider, you would need to further purify the resulting water because these machines also tend to draw bacteria and mold from the air.
#4. Install a rainwater harvesting system
This is a much cheaper and higher yield way of obtaining water compared to a dehumidifier, one that I highly recommend you think about. The sweet part is, this works everywhere: at home, at your bug out location, in the wilderness and even if all you have is a balcony. The bigger the collection surface, the more water you can collect, of course.
Although rainwater is probably safe to drink, you should still filter it just to be safe. If don’t have enough money to set one up, simply have ready some clean containers and barrels that you can use. Use an old umbrella to do it (by placing it up upside down over a bucket).
#5. Dig a well
If you live on a farm or have a little bit of land, it might be a good idea to investigate whether or not you can dig a well. It’s probably best to have an expert help you, as the cost is high. Plus, you need to make sure you’re not destroying the aquifer feeding the spring.
#6. Move near a lake or a pond
Ok, I know moving out is not easy to do, but if you’re serious about prepping, you might have to consider it. And if you can’t get a property with an actual lake on it, why not move as close to a body of water as possible?
#7. Ensure you have means to boil it
Water distillation with a kettle, tube, and collecting vessel
Whether or not you have a fancy filter, boiling water will always one of the easiest ways to purify it. But you need to store the proper gear in order to do that. At minimum, a propane stove and fuel should be on your inventory. Also, you can easily distill water if you feel the impurities go beyond bacterial or viral.
#8. Always have household bleach
To use household bleach for disinfecting water:
Add two drops of bleach per quart or liter of water.
Stir it well. Let the mixture stand for a half hour before drinking.
If the water is cloudy with suspended particles:
First filter the water as best you can.
Double the amount of bleach you add to the water.
Why Using Bleach to Disinfect Contaminated Water is a Problem?
“We recommend storing our bleach at room temperatures and not exposed to sun light. It can be stored for about 6 months at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. After this time, bleach will be begin to degrade at a rate of 20% each year until totally degraded to salt and water. Storing at temperatures much higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit could cause the bleach to lose its effectiveness and degrade more rapidly. However, if you require 6% sodium hypochlorite, you should change your supply every 3 months.
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