Make no mistake about it; water is the most important commodity in any survival kit. You should have an ample supply of water because when you are dehydrated you can't possibly do what it takes to survive when you are. It can be easy to take clean water for granted but you must avoid it at all costs.
Make no mistake about it; water is the most important commodity in any survival kit. You should have an ample supply of water because when you are dehydrated you can’t possibly do what it takes to survive when you are. It can be easy to take clean water for granted but you must avoid it at all costs.
Storing clean water is the first step you can take toward making sure you have enough to get through a hairy situation. You can store water on a budget simply by repurposing plastic water jugs and bottles. Thoroughly clean these bottles with regular dish soap and fill them with tap water. You can add two drops of household chlorine to further purify the water. Store a large cache of bottles in a cool place that doesn’t get direct sunlight and refresh the supply (dump old water and replace it with new water) every six months or so.
When things are dire you can find a passable supply of drinking water in your hot water heater pipes. To tap this emergency source of water you must first turn off the gas or electricity to your home. Next, release the drain that is located at the bottom of your water heater tank. Turn off the water intake valve so as to not contaminate the clean water with dirty water and then open a hot water faucet.
You can look to the outdoors for sources of water but never drink flood water as it is likely to contain elements of sewage. The safest bets when it comes to gathering water from the outdoors are rainwater, streams, ponds, creeks, headwaters.
You may want to further purify the water you collect from the outdoors and there are a couple of simple ways you can do it. The safest by far is to simply boil water for three to five minutes. You can improve the flavor of boiled water by pouring it in and out of two containers a couple of times (doing so replaces some oxygen and flavor). You can also use household bleach to purify water but you must be very careful. Add 8 drops of regular non-scented bleach for each gallon of water and if the water you have is particularly cloudy, you can bump the number of drops up to 16 per gallon.
Water filtration systems are always a good idea. Keep a few of them around and if possible have one installed directly to your faucet system. There are also a number of compact, portable water filters that are great for when you have to hike or trek long distances.
Finally you should consider investing in rain water barrels right now. Rain water barrels are great not only for collecting drinkable rainwater but storing large amounts of it as well. No one can pilfer rainfall so rain water barrels are a great source of renewable water. If you have a garden where you grow fruits and vegetables you can also utilize the rainwater in your barrels for irrigation.