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Finding Water In The Home

June 16, 2011 by  

What would you do if you suddenly found that water was no longer flowing to your home and wouldn’t be for some time?

Hopefully, you have stored some water to last your family for a few days at least (two gallons per day, per person). But if not, you need to look around your home for potential sources of water for the short-term while you make plans to deal with the situation long-term.

There are actually more sources of water in the home than you might think. If the public water system has not been contaminated, you can drain much of the water from your plumbing system.

About 30 to 60 gallons can be found in your water heater (depending on the size of the water heater). There is a drain at the bottom that allows you to access the water. Turn the water heater off, and allow the water in it to cool. Then drain it into clean containers. Sometimes, the first gallon or two will contain rust or sediment that has settled at the bottom. Discard it, if necessary. Better yet, filter it through coffee filters, rags or towels.

If there is a chance the public system was contaminated, treat the water with chlorine, iodine or water-purification tablets, or boil it. Otherwise, it should be fine to drink right out of the tank.

There is also clean water in the storage tank (not the bowl) of your toilets. Treat the storage-tank water before using it.

If you have an aquarium, it contains water you can use, once it has been treated.

Remember, a survival situation is no time to be squeamish. You have to do the things necessary to survive. Using water from your home will buy you a little time to find a more permanent source of water if the catastrophe is going to be a long-term situation.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letterâ„¢, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • granny mae

    You can always collect water from the air at night with a plastic sheet and a pan under it. It is slow most of the time but not so bad on nights with a heavy dew or fog. Also I have collected water from the air with my de-humidifier. As long as you have a source of electricity, such as a generator, you can use the machine to collect the water. I have boiled it and then poured it back and forth between two pitchers to airate it. Make koolade from it or lemonade from mix and it is perfectly fine for drinking.

    • granny mae

      By the way, I would be hesitant to use water from the toilet tank if I had ever used those cleaner tablets in the tank. I never use them for that very reason. Do not use water from a water bed, if you have added the chemical to it when setting it up. Bad stuff ! You can use water from a swimming pool ! You can also collect the water from an air-conditioner and boil it and use it !

      • granny mae

        There again you would have to have power from a generator or such.

  • Tim-Gabz

    Every 2l bottle of coke etc that I get I clean out and fill with clean water and place in a cool storage. I have a 5m3 rain tank as well.

    Your water usage changes with activity and temperature. Absolute crisis dictates 5l over 72 hrs drinking water. Ideally 5l a day for including cooking so I also have 12 x 5l commercial bottles of water in the pantry. I have used it once in Botswana.

    I lived in Zimbabwe with the chaotic collapse. Over a week you really need a rain tank outside and access to a borehole. You can fill spare raintank with municiple water making it easier to process later.

    A water filter is essential.

  • Justina

    what’s this 2 gallons per person per day nonsense?
    some is for washing – you DO NOT WASH in such
    conditions. maybe a sponge bath or use a disinfectant
    counter wipe, not the clorox but ammonium chloride
    containing stuff. you don’t need more than 6 cups
    of water a day to drink if you don’t sweat a lot,
    and with all the water in canned food that is more.
    that’s only 1 1/2 quarts per person per day plus
    maybe another 1/2 quart miscl. means at most,
    2 QUARTS of water per person per day.
    A MONTH.


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