Finding Safe Drinking Water
Hopefully you will have already started storing water but if you haven’t it may be worth looking at this guide first Storing Water for Preppers
This guide is for when you need to find more potable water and better access to clean water.
It is worth sourcing alternative sources straight away so you can keep some of that stored water in case of emergency.
Check Your Home First
There may be a couple of places around the home you’ve not already considered but are worth checking now.
The Toilet Cistern holds on average between 6 – 10 litres of tap water.
It is the part of the toilet which fills with water allowing you to flush and slowly fills back up after use.
It should not be confused with the toilet bowl which will have water that is certainly unsafe to drink.
Be sure that there is no toilet block tablets in there or bleach.
If you are even slightly unsure of this and you are asking yourself “is the water safe to drink?” – Do Not Drink.
Other places to consider are any immersion heaters you may have in your home or water tanks you may have up in the loft.
Although these are items that are becoming increasingly rare due to modernisation, if you have them, make use of them.
Finding Water Outside
First of all, let’s keep you and your loved ones safe.
Drinking untreated water can cause more problems than dehydration alone.
Water borne diseases can in fact cause severe dehydration due to vomiting or diarrhoea.
Worse than that though there is bacteria present in untreated water that can cause life threatening situations.
This is especially true in a SHTF situation when your local Doctor or A&E is closed or overwhelmed.
Flowing Water First
When trying to find a good source of water, rivers and streams are your best bet.
Try to stay away from lakes or marinas as still water is usually stagnant increasing the chance of getting diseases from dirty water.
There is also a higher chance that chemicals, diesel or building materials may be present.
Flood water should also be avoided for this reason.
Flood Water may also contain the contents of your local sewers that have spilled out due to the back wash.
Sea water may be drank but will need to be distilled first.
Water should also be filtered to remove any sediment before drinking and then purified.
I will put together separate posts which will look at simple ways to distill, filter and the water purification process in future but I hope this will help you to start thinking about water supply problems and finding safe drinking water.
Want to make your own Water Filter? Have a look at this guide.