Wondering About Water Storage?

This is a small part of a much larger post I did for my blog on March 25, 2013.  It was titled, "Water, Water Everywhere and Lots of Drops To Drink"  You can click here to view the entire post. 

Something most of us take for granted is water.  We never have to do more than turn on the tap, so what happens when you can no longer do that?  Where will you get more water?  If you know that a disaster is headed your way that could threaten your water supply then fill every container you can find with water for drinking.  Fill up all your bathtubs, buckets, washing machine, a child’s pool in the yard and whatever else you might have.  Toilet water or the water in the back of the tank is NOT safe to drink…filter first. Another source is your water heaters.  Note: If you’re having to use a water heater as a source for water make sure and turn off any gas valves or electricity connected to the tank to avoid fires.
Rain Water
Rain water is relatively safe to collect but it is sporadic.  You can have a rain barrel designed to collect rainwater or buckets outside. 
Snow or Ice 

NEVER put snow or ice inside your mouth to melt.  It will dehydrate you and can cause hypothermia.  Always melt the snow or ice in a container first and then drink.  If you have a plastic bag of some sort, place the snow in the bag and hang it in the sun to melt. If you are worried that the snow is dirty, simply boil for 1 to 2 minutes.  
Do not collect or drink pink snow.  The pink color in snow is caused by bacteria. By the way, you might want to avoid yellow snow also...if you know what I mean! 
Ground Water

Ground water is associated with wells and if constructed and maintained properly, wells are almost always safe for drinking. I would trust a well long before drinking out of a river.

Lakes, reservoirs and rivers are classified as surface water and are usually contaminated with all manner of chemicals and microorganisms.

Click Here to read the rest of this article.  I share some great information on How to store and filter water and some great products like the Sawyer Water Filtration System!

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