Maybe you’re just worried about the next major catastrophe like Hurricane Sandy. or maybe you’re a would-be Doomsday Prepper trying to prepare for the end of civilization as we know it.
Either way, if you live in an urban or suburban area, then you have some very difficult challenges with respect to obtaining clean drinking water in an emergency when the utilities fail.
The good news is that there are several things you can do to find clean, pure drinking water even after the tap runs dry because the Water Department has no electricity to pump anymore.
How Much Water Do You Need?
The first thing you should do is get some water stored and do it the right way. You will need at least one gallon per person per day for basic eating and cooking. Bathing and other sanitation, such as flushing toilets, are extra.
The best way to store water is in 2-liter soda bottles since they are free and easy to store just about anywhere. You can easily store water under your couch, under your bed and on the floor in the back of the closet. With a “Doomsday Prepper” style 50 gallon drum of water, your options are seriously limited.
Can You Make Unsafe Water Drinkable?
The second thing you need to do is learn about basic water purification so that you can get water from a retention pond or collect rainwater from your roof and make it drinkable. That is a pretty simple and straightforward process, but you need to know what you are doing.
The third thing to do is ensure that if you are ever caught away from home that you have water and some purification supplies in the trunk of your car so that this number one needs will be taken care of in a crisis.