By Ken Jorgustin
In the throws of disaster, water is a very high priority, and conservation counts, because your life may depend on it.
If you are aware of an impending disaster – a hurricane or tornado, or you have just experienced a powerful earthquake (and your home is still standing), take the following precautions to ensure an emergency supply of drinking water:
Promptly fill your bathtubs, sinks, and other available containers with water. You could potentially collect 50 to 100 gallons of water in a full bathtub – enough to water a family of four for several weeks. Consider a waterbob.
Conserve stored water. There is already water stored in the toilet tanks, hot-water heater, and the pipes in your house.
Drain your water heater when you need it. Turn off the gas or the electric power to your water heater before draining. Water heaters have a vent near the top of the tank and a drain near the bottom of the tank. Open the top vent (pull on the little lever on the spigot) and drain the tank into containers as needed. If there is some sediment in the water, just let it settle, and drink the water off the top. There’s likely at least 40 gallons in there.
Shut off the utility water supply to your house if there’s reason to believe the public water supply may have been contaminated. Otherwise you risk contaminating the usable water in your plumbing…Continue Reading at Modern Survival Blog: Extract A Drinking Water Supply From Your House During Disaster