You probably have heard the saying, “Water is Life.” Besides food, water is a key survival item every prepper needs for the entire family. However, there are unforeseen circumstances that may hinder you getting it.
It is therefore, important to learn home prepper emergency water sources to ensure your family can get to clean and safe water sources just in case you have limited supplies.
Most likely however, being a responsible prepper, you have been able to store away water before a potential disaster ever materializes. But how much is just enough?
According to the World Health Organization, an individual in an area of above average temperature, needs to have at minimum about 2 gallons per day.
But in a crisis, one would need approximately 5 gallons to fulfill the basic requirements for food preparation and hygiene. For most localized disasters, it takes around 3 days for emergency teams to come to a crisis zone to help in relief and assistance of survivors. Thus, each individual in your household needs between 6 and 15 gallons each to meet the most basic water needs.
Remember, there is an old survival prepper axiom that is called the Rule of Three; A person cannot survive without air for three minutes, three hours without shelter, three days without water and three weeks without food. So getting additional water becomes not only critical but necessary.
I know you have also heard the old expression “water water everywhere water but nor a drop to drink,” and yet this can be farther from the truth. In a grid down situation, I am here to say there are stashes around your home that if the lights go out and no power is available, you can be rest assured you and your family will have something to drink in time of disaster.
During a disaster, it is important that you find alternative sources of water other than the stored supplies. Soon as the immediate threat is resolved, begin to identify alternative ways of supplementing the food and water supplies. This can be the differences between life or death. Never wait for the supplies to dry up before identifying an alternative. Start looking as soon as possible.
Where to Locate Emergency Water Sources After a Disaster
When push comes to shove, it is best to identify emergency water sources. Areas that can provide fresh water that is safe for drinking may include:
1. Your hot water heater
Your water heater provides water from the same source as your water taps. You can use this water for drinking as well as washing and cooking.
Though it comes in safe, it is important that you do not expose it. Exposing it may contaminate the water.
In the event you identify signs of contamination, here is what to do. Shut power supply, electricity, to your heater and close the supply valve to your tanks. Drain out water in the system to get rid of dirt.
Lastly, turn a hot water tap in the house in an effort to allow a good flow of water, which allows a sufficient flow of air through the drain valves.
You may notice some sediments in the water but this is considered safe to drink. However, it is recommended that you give it more time for the sediment to settle before drinking.
2. Toilet tanks
Do not get grossed out. You will not be getting the water that is already in the toilet bowl. You will be targeting the tank water.
You must however put into consideration that you can only use this water if you are not adding any chemical treatments to the toilet tank. Additionally to prevent any loss of water when you are removing it, you need to close the water valve situated at the toilet’s base.
Bathtubs serve as a great storage source for water. Depending on the bathtub size you have, you will be able to save between 30-120 gallons in every tub. Whether you opt to fetch the water from the rains or from the taps and store it with the oversight that water may be compromised, it is water that can help to clean and cook thus saving more of the clean water for drinking.
4. Canned foods
Canned foods have moisture in them that will not only hydrate you but offer valuable nutrients to your body. When things are tough, it is best that you first use up all the fresh fruits and vegetables and then store canned foods for later.
6. Ice trays
Ice is simply frozen water and you can melt it to give you good and clean drinking water. Remember to melt it is a clean environment to prevent contaminating it.
7. Swimming Pools
Although pool water tend to have many chemicals in it, it can be rendered as either a safe source of drinking water or for hygienic uses. The best way to make this water source drinkable is to use a high quality water filter. Highly recommended are the Berkey or Propur water filtration systems. These filters can be purchased online on popular retail websites like Amazon.
8. Outside sources
Outside sources include rivers, streams, rain collection, as well as fresh water springs. It is therefore, important that you understand your surrounding terrain to help you identify if any of the above outside sources are at your disposal.
Construct or buy a wagon and some water jugs to help you transport sufficient amounts of water from these sources to the house.
Once you fetch your water, purify it. There are several ways of purifying water. You can boil it, add chlorine bleach to it, iodine tablets, colloidal silver, as well as employ UV treatment.
The option of using a home filtering system is a NO NO because they are designed to treat somewhat clean water. Water that is contaminated by natural disasters such as hurricanes or floods has extra particles that may clog your filtering system.
There are other water sources that are available out in the wild. Although they may provide limited amounts, in a survival situation, it is better then the alternative. The following video helps illustrate some basic but ingenious ways to get water under difficult conditions.
So if a disaster should befall you and your loved ones, having multiple ways to find and have drinkable water is extremely valuable. Best is, you now have time to search and locate all the possible options available and then to practice getting it.
Therefore, if you are missing some piece of equipment or tools to help you get to the water source, buying them right now and safely storing them for later use when and if the time comes, can potential save the lives of you and your loved ones.