Now that you have likely read the first two (2) pages of Survival Prepping, which includes 'Cooking Options' and 'Keeping Food Cold', You can't flush a toilet without water and neither can your body.
When prepping, you want to store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. Keep in mind sick people, children, nursing mothers and those who live in hot climates will require more water. Also prep for a medical emergency. Ya' just never know.
Not only do you need water to flush the toilet, you need water to cook with and you need water to drink. It's tough to appreciate just how much water you consume or use in one (1) single day until it is limited or inaccessible.
If there is a power outage, you can't even cook rice without water, so make certain the top of your food list includes water. And what if you are not enduring a power outage, and you are enduring a water main break? BUMMER!
No matter the case, consider this, if you live on a lake, pond, river, creek or stream, YOU HAVE WATER. Naturally you will need to treat the water and/or filter it, through draining, straining and boiling the water.
We live on a small lake and I have a portable handy-dandy water purifier in my backpack for backpacking. While hiking I use a camelpack, but we always have our portable water purifiers on us. I use the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System. You can literally stick the straw in the lake, stream, creek, etc., and drink.
There are all kinds of water filtrations you can use, but you need to get one and become familiar with it and learn how to use it.
Life Straw is another favorite. This works pretty much like the Sawyer where you can drink right out of the water source with the straw. You can fill up your water bottle and filter as you drink. It's awesome.
Sawyer works great for hiking and Life Straw is great on a daily basis. The water bottle itself would be simpy too bulky for a backpacker, not to mention, even single ounce that you carry on your back, MATTERS!
Life Straw also has many ways to carry and store the water.
Boiling is the safest method for treating water. Bring water to a rolling boil for one (1) minute. And I mean a full minute. Some of the water is going to evaporate, so let it cool down before you drink it.
The boiled water will taste better when you put oxygen back into it. H2O equals water, which is 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom connected by covalent bonds. You can do this by pouring the water back and forth between two (2) clean containers. The stored water will taste better.
There is always the option of purchasing large quantities of bottled water, but then again you have the plastic bottles, of which you can freeze and use for ice. Eventually you can tear them apart and recycle them.
You can also opt for a water cooler and have 5 gallon bottles be delivered. Sometimes you can strike a deal with these folks and get the cooler for free when you get on their route. I pay $10.50 a month for the cooler rental and every few months I order another load of 5 gallon water bottles.
These are some of the choices you have, do your research, make your decision and get busy storing and creating your water source.
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