Friday, July 15, 2011

H2O the Elixer of Life

Water (H2O) is the most abundant compound on Earth's surface, covering about 70%. In nature, it exists in liquid, solid, and gaseous states. It is in dynamic equilibrium between the liquid and gas states at standard temperature and pressure. At room temperature, it is a tasteless and odorless liquid, nearly colorless with a hint of blue. Many substances dissolve in water and it is commonly referred to as the universal solvent.  Because of this, water in nature and in use is rarely pure and some of its properties may vary slightly from those of the pure substance. However, there are also many compounds that are essentially, if not completely, insoluble in water. Water is the only common substance found naturally in all three common states of matter and it is essential for all life on Earth. Water usually makes up 55% to 78% of the human body.
Okay so we all know water is pretty darn important.  As a prepper I know you have water stored somewhere right? I hope? No? Ok lets look at some basic math.

We'll use my numbers for this example.  I have 10 folks to care for if the whole world goes sideways.

First thing we all need is a 72 hour/3 day supply of water ~ You can go 3 days without bathing (yucky ~ but true)
The average person believes 2 gals per day per person is correct. And that's true but figure in cooking and bathing and you need a third gallon per person.

So here's my MATH:
1st Goal: 72 hr supply
10 folks * 3 gal/day * 3 days = 90 gallons needed

2nd goal: 7 day supply
10 folks * 3 gal/day * 7 days = 210 gallons total
(NOTE: I would only add an additional 120 gallons since I already have 90 gals stored)

3rd goal: 30 day supply
10 folks * 3 gal/day * 30 days = 900 gallons total
(NOTE: I would only add an additional 690 gallons since I already have 210 gals stored)

We have water stored several ways.  You should too.  Remember to store extra to share and to barter with.  Water bottles in multiple sizes, 2 liter bottles that once held soda refilled with tap water, STURDY gallon jugs of water, We have a couple of water totes that 275 gallons and then we have a chlorinated pool that has 30,000 gallons of water in it.

1. Have water stored
2. Know 3 locations where you can obtain water
3. Have a way to pump water from a lake/creek
4. Have a way to haul water ~ WATER IS HEAVY
5. If the lights go out forever tonight ~ how long can your family go before you need to hunt for water?
6. Be able to filter water ~ know what process you'll use if you have to get "questionable" water which basically is all water except commercially bottled water. Obtain any needed supplies as soon as possible.

REMINDER:  Your pets need water stockpiled for them too!

FEMA: Water
and How to purify your drinking water


Michele said...

Have a pool 26000gal. This past winter,the pipes in the house broke loose. Was able to use pool water to flush the toilets.
Small running water source on property 150 feet from house and deep well(non operating pump) Would like to get one of the hand pump conversion kits but they were pretty expensive. It's just 10ft from my backdoor. How would you test these open water sources for safety?

The Preppers Wife said...

That is an excellent question! As a result I updated the post to include links to:
FEMA: Water and another link on How to purify your drinking water ~ Please see "update" at end of original post for active links.

Also it's very important to note: Above ground pools are safer sources of water than in-ground pools.In-ground pools may have surface contaminates such as animal waste, fertilizers, or pesticides washed into them during a downpour.

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