Water Is Your Most Important Resource

Secure a Safe Water Supply

Safe drinking water is the single most important item you will need for survival in the event of an emergency.

 

A person can live for a month without food, but can only live for about three days without water before suffering serious medical complications or death.

 

In the event of an emergency, uncontaminated drinking water is likely to become scarce. Adults need a half gallon of drinking water a day under normal conditions, and more in higher temperatures and higher activity levels. In an emergency having a good water filtration system is essential.

 

Water Filtration

There are several ways to make water safe to drink.

 

One method is to use a drink-through filter. This is a survival drinking straw with a ceramic and/or activated charcoal filter. These are inexpensive, although not really adequate for long term use.

 

For long term use, you will need a bulk water filter like a large volume pour through water filter. An example of one of these is the Berkey water filter. These are stainless steel and use a larger version of the ceramic and charcoal filter used in the straw style filter.

Water Purification

Water can be boiled to make it safe for drinking, but boiling water requires fuel and time. In the case of an emergency, fuel is another commodity that is likely to become scarce.

 

If no fuel is available, water can be pasteurized using only bright sunlight. Pasteurizing water using sunlight requires a clear plastic or glass container of one half gallon or smaller to be left in sunlight for six hours.

 

This method will remove biological contamination, but the water will still need an activated charcoal filtered to remove chemical contamination.

Water Storage

Long term storage of large quantities of drinking water presents its own problems.

 

We recommend the use of a water bob (a type of bath tub liner), that allows you to store a hundred gallons of water, which will be adequate for a short term emergency of only a few weeks.

 

The water bob must be filled from tap water before loss of service and or contamination of the water supply.

 

For longer term use, we recommend using a solar decontamination method on a rotating basis.

 

To keep large quantities of drinking water safe requires that chemicals be added to the water, many of which may be harmful in the long term; or that equipment such as a UV light be used to keep bacteria from growing in it, making it impractical.

 

A better method of securing non-chemically contaminated water is to collect rain. This method only works if you live in an area that has a high enough annual rainfall.

 

Even rain water should be filtered and disinfected to make sure it is safe. Rain water can pick up contaminants from the air as well as from the asphalt rooftops and downspouts used for its collection.

 

Rain water should not be considered safe until it has been filtered.

Best Emergency Water Supplies

Here at Emergency Food Supply, we provide a kit that allows you to make a Berkey type filter using two five gallon buckets and the kit.

 

Many different types of straw type filters are available at camping supply stores and websites. One such example, which I personally own is available on this web site.

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