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About water... is this correct?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by UneasyRider, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    I have been asked to explain prepping to non preppers on a blog item by item. While there are many people who could do a better job at this I agreed and would like to give accurate information so could you please take a look at this and offer your comments pro and con. TIA.
     
  2. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Tagged. No snow banks, wells, or lakes in los angeles... But I bought tons of water, bottles and jugs.
     


  3. 1 old 0311

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    Got a water heater? There is 40+ gallons. Also I THINK it was in Emergency Essentials where I saw a plastic bladder that goes into a bathtub and can hold, and dispense, 40-50 gallons without leaking out. There is 80+ gallons for the price of a cheap plastic bladder. Not a bad place to start.
     
  4. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    Water was our main concern when we bought the bol,as you've seen we "think" we got it right.'08.
     
  5. Free Radical

    Free Radical Miembro Antiguo CLM

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    There's a garden hose fitting at the bottom.
     
  6. wjv

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    If you don't drain the silt out of the bottom of the heater 1-2x per year, expect the first gallon or two to be undrinkable, but good for flushing a toilet.

    Draining the silt out of the bottom of the heater 1-2x per year helps water heater last longer.
     
  7. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    I wouldn't consider water heater h2o as potable,flush yes.'08.
     
  8. Would you use hot water from the tap?
     
  9. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

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    Perhaps I missed it, but did you cite how much water to allocate per person, per day?
     
  10. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

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    Just one other comment. It seems when people are considering food choices for short-term emergencies, some focus almost exclusively on MREs, or dehydrated foods (e.g., Mountain House).

    While I would say that either choice is only a short-term solution (e.g., I'd rather have pounds of rice, beans, MREs, dehydrated foods, canned veggies, canned meats, ....), I would say it's important to point out that dehydrated meals obviously require water...which will need to be figured into your water supply plan.
     
  11. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    My system yes,we don't have a conventional water heater.'08.
     
  12. bdcochran

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    I represented a commercial bottled water company.

    1. never use a recycled large plastic or glass water bottle. People store PCP, gasoline and other substances therein. Think about how you would get those substances out -
    2. the plastic used in water containers purchased off the shelf in grocery stores is not the plastic that you want to have your water stored in long term. Hint - this is why a blue plastic water container bought at Walmart or a sporting goods store is going to be more than buying some 1 gallon Albertson containers with water in them already.
    3. consider constructing a solar water distillation unit. My handyman said that he took me lens and was building the frame in his garage. I may get it before shtf.
     
  13. Dexters

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    As others have said people who live in a house have more water than they think:
    - Water heater and the water in the pipes that drain into it
    - Ice in the refrigerator
    - Bottled water
    - Fruit juices
    - Gatorade
    - Soda
    If you have advance warning you could:
    - fill up tubs
    - fill up pots
    - fill up all other storage
     
  14. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    Thanks, food is topic number two. I am going to write one each week for them. I started with water because it is so innocuolus and this is for non preppers.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  15. BORNGEARHEAD

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    I've filled a few large bottles of water and keep them in the freezer as, 1. ice packs for any electrical disruption and, 2. drinkable/usable water.
     
  16. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Everybody should have, at minimum, a few gallons of drinking water per person specifically put back.

    I have 14 Aquatainers in addition to the usual stuff you can find around a house. I wish we had more room and a basement but this is a good start. I also keep about 5 gallons in our primary vehicle (scepter container).
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2011
  17. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    Well done! :goodpost:
     
  18. RatDrall

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    Calcium Hypochlorite is cheap, and has a loooooong shelf life. Anyone can buy a few bags at a pool supply store and store them in the buckets, with lids, that they will be using to make the bleach to purify their other water sources. I spent $10 for a 2.5 gallon bucket, a 5 gallon bucket, a lid, and a couple bags of the solid bleach granules.

    A pic of how you store them, please? I have a few, and they dont stack as well as advertised...
     
  19. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    Thanks.