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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Water Emergencies and Storage


Water is one of those things that we all often take for granted until we don't have it.  Ever have a water pipe near your home break, leaving your home without water service for days? Or how about a boil water notice issued in your area because chemicals or sewage has leaked, threatening your water supply?

Storing water isn't difficult or expensive.  However, it is something you need to do before there is an emergency. Most people just don't think about it until it's too late.

One simple and inexpensive container you may already buy every week is a cat litter container. Whether you have a cat or not, you may want to think about buying some cat litter for use with a Luggable Loo.  These containers hold almost three gallons and most people just throw them away. If you do buy cat litter anyway, simply wash the container out and fill it up with tap water.

This water will stay perfectly usable for quite some time for anything from washing dishes, clothes, or yourself, to flushing the toilet in a home with a conventional septic tank. Boiling or using any gravity fed water filter such as a Big Berkey water filter will make the water stored for a long period of time perfectly potable. Even soda bottles are better than nothing for storing water. 

What in the heck is a Luggable Loo?

As mentioned above, cat litter is excellent to use with a Luggable Loo or similar camping / emergency toilet.  If you live in a home with city sewer services or have an septic system that uses electricity to function, you might want to have a way to go to the bathroom.  Sewage can back up into your home and flushing your toilet in certain circumstances may not be advisable. A Luggable Loo or similar camping toilet are great.  

The toilet seat detaches from the bucket. Once the seat is off, use a large garbage bag to line the inside of the bucket and put the seat back on to hold it into place. Next, fill the inside with cat litter a few inches and you've got yourself a toilet. As it's used, add another inch or so of little to cover and this will reduce or eliminate any smell coming from your toilet.

This is a very inexpensive way to have a camping or emergency bathroom.   Again, this is another thing we take for granted and don't think about until it's too late.

Rain Catch Systems

Rain catch systems are an effective way to collect water and are relatively inexpensive, especially if your home already has gutters installed. We have three 50 gallon rain barrels which fill up quickly during a rain shower.

Although the water collected in the rain barrels is not safe to drink do to bacteria and other contaminants, it is good for utility purposes such as flushing toilets (with conventional septic systems), watering your garden, and even drinking if boiled and properly filtered.

We have to wash our rain barrels out at least twice a year due to pollen and other contaminants that get into the rain barrels.

Bug Out Location water Source

We were fortunate enough to find a piece of land that has a spring fed creek.  The water from the creek can be boiled and filtered for drinking and is good for washing up and other utility purposes.

We have purchased several of these Life Straws and so far, no one we know who has used these during camping or hiking trips have gotten sick using these without boiling the water first. We would be interested in hearing from folks that have used these or other filtration devices.

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