Making Water Safe

drop of water

Water is essential to life, mostly for drinking, but for many other

aspects of daily living. We clean produce, dishes, kids, and clothes. We water gardens, pets and cook with water. Most of us take water for granted.

The drought in the West this past year shows just how quickly water reservoirs, rivers, streams and tanks can go dry. An electrical failure took out our water treatment plant for 2 days. So it does not have to be a full-blown catastrophe to leave you without water.

There are ways to be prepared for a possible water shortage, at least for a short time. But no matter what way you find to hold water, you want to make sure it is potable and fit for human consumption.  Once you have collected water, either from your water heater, bathtub or rain barrel, you want it to be safe. The first method is to boil the water. If you are somewhere without heat source, consider bleach. Many people recommend using household bleach (unscented, not color-safe). You would use 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water. Stir this and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. It should have a slight odor of bleach.

If you have a large amount of water to be purified, pool shock is another method. (If you happen to have a pool in your backyard, you will be the envy of the neighborhood when water service is out).

More information may be found at the EPA website

The best way to stay one step ahead is to plan ahead and be prepared.

Has anyone used a bathtub bladder? I have one in storage, but you certainly would need some warning time to fill one up. What are your thoughts?

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