Will You Have Water?
Although most of us think of ourselves as being pretty solid, we are actually quite liquid. In fact, an adult man is about 60% water. Women are a bit less at 55%, but babies are a whopping 78%. Just a glance at these figures will tell you that all of us need quite a bit of water every day just for basic bodily functioning. If we do not get enough, we can get dehydrated, which can be a serious medical condition.
Weather conditions will often influence how much we need to drink, and hot, dry conditions require greater amounts of water than will cool, moist ones. You should be aware that the conditions present in winter – a combination of cold, dry air and central heating, can also help to dehydrate us. Usually, all we need to do is to go in and turn on the tap and we have all the water we need to slake our thirst. But, what if you turn on the tap and nothing comes out?
When a disaster or emergency occurs, the fragile electric lines are usually the first things to go. Strong winds, ice, or snow can all cause the lines to become damaged and result in an outage. Most outages are fixed within hours, but in the case of widespread destruction, such as can happen during a hurricane or ice storm, it can take days or even weeks for the power to be restored. And once your electricity is out, you will not be able to get water.
An emergency supply of water is easy to accumulate if you simply purchase bottled water from the grocery store. This water usually has a shelf life of several years, and should be rotated when the expiration date approaches. To be on the safe side, you should store about one gallon per day for each person in the household, and be aware that some, such as very young children, or people with medical conditions may need more. While it is recommended that a three day supply be available, you should try to accumulate a week’s supply at the very least.
It is quite possible to bottle your own tap water, too. Soda bottles that have been properly cleaned can be used, but probably the best idea is to buy
containers specifically designed for water storage. These are often available in three to five gallon sizes.
Unless you have a huge supply of emergency water, if the disruption in electric service continues, you will eventually run out. It may well be that there are water sources near you, such as a stream or river, or a lake. Even if these look clean, they can actually contain many dangerous pathogens that can make you and your family very ill. A good water system will enable you to use any water near you and purify it for drinking. These
water purification filters are available in several sizes, and some are considered temporary while others are permanent. When purchasing a filter, make sure that it does not need electricity, and that it will remove all contaminants from the water.