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Your Untapped Emergency Water Supply


Commentary:  One of the first articles that I wrote for  it shows how to get 40 gallons of water or more out of a little known source that is already in your home.

The water supply system relies heavily on the power grid. No power = No water. Any major disaster could instantly cut off your source of clean drinking water.

Three days without drinking water and you could quickly be on your way out of a survival situation…and not in a good way.

If you don’t already have a supply of emergency drinking water, you may have to become creative in order to find clean water. The average size of a residential water heater is 40 gallons…and that is 40 gallons of water that can be used in an emergency and is quite often completely forgotten about.In order to get the drinking water there are a few simple steps you need to follow:

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  • DHConner says:

    In 1993 Des Moines, Iowa was hit with flooding on a scale not seen since 1947.It’s very disconcerting to use the toilet and hear a “clunk” instead of a flush. There was no water to be had. The water plant had been flooded and was down for 11 days. The Alabama National Guard came up with water purification units and pumped from a bridge and did a magnificent job. It din’t taste funny and it’s all there was. I must give Budweiser, Coors, and number of other brewers huge thanks for the trailer loads of canned water they sent us, because the Guard could not supply enough for the 250,000 people who were in need. The grocery stores were bare shelves, period. Nothing to buy. Only 3 bridges open in a city with oodles of bridges.

    There was plenty of rain however, and had been for months before that. In fact, on a government website the entire state was blue except for a few pockets. Normally I’d say don’t drink water from the roof, but the roof was probably almost surgically clean from so much rain. In any case, my wife stored numerous five galon buckets for washing dishes and sanitation and washing clothes. So we boiled it and drank it. Still here, so no foul, no harm.

    That was the day I determined we would begin to stockpile drinking water, juice, and everything we could think of that we might possibly need in the event another flood would hit. Or some other catastrophe. We do get blizzards here, and snow plowing is done on a priority basis. If you live on a dead end street you’ll be last. If you live in the country, well, my mother told me there were times they couldn’t get out for days in rural Floyd County.

    My wife’s mother is from the Nebraska Sandhills country, Wheeler County. There’s only 2 towns there, and two state roads. Most ranch houses can’t even be seen from any road. Sometimes it was 2 weeks before they could get out. Naturally, Grandma Cressie had food and water stored ’til who bought the farm. Having married at 18 and come there in a covered wagon in 1916 from northeast Kansas, she had the “old people’s” “old time” common sense knowledge of what it took to keep going in such remote country.

    When she died, the State Patrol and sherriff’s blocked every road to the cemetary, there was at least a mile of cars in the procession, and people were at every intersection and driveway. She was “go getter” and a “doer” always instigating some activity to make Ericson a little better. Over many years she had helped almost everyone for miles around, and was highly respected and much loved. Her tales of how difficult and spare life could be on their 2,000 acre farm made firm believers of me and my wife.

    Water? There have been times in recent past where you had to ask to get a glass of water in some states. We’ve got enough to last for a while, at the gallon per person per day intake level. Do you?



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