For most of the developed world, safe drinking water is something we take for granted. We turn on the faucet and nice clean water comes out. We have fresh water to brush out teeth, to take a shower, to wash our hair,,, and our other everyday needs.
Then along comes a SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event, and guess what, no more nice clean water.
Over the years I have read a lot of articles taking about the most important survival gear items. the list usually ranges from antibiotics to water filters. To me, and my personal opinion, the most important thing during a survival situation is safe drinking water.
Without safe drinking water, life as we know it can not exist.
Lets talk about 3, 4 or even 5 days after the city water gets turned off, people will be drinking out of rivers, creeks, ditches, streams, ponds, lakes,,,,, anywhere they can find water.
Safe Drinking Water
Most the most part, people will try to purify the water by boiling it, or using a water filter, or running the water through a shirt or cloth to remove the heavy particles,,,. I guess a major problem lies in urban dwellers who have limited access to fuel for fires to boil water.
Lets move forward 2 – 3 weeks, people start getting sick, people start dying from waterborne infections. Dysentery kicks in, and people start dying from dehydration.
Forget raiders, forget looters,,, once people start drinking untreated water, the whole game changes.
Boiling water – that topic should be common knowledge. So lets talk about stuff that is not discussed very much.
I am thinking of getting a SteriPEN and leaving it at the bug out location, along with some 32 ounce water bottles.
Run the creek water through the Royal Berkey, fill up a 32 ounce water bottle (or canteen), after the water is in the bottle or canteen purify the water with a SteriPEN. I might even buy 2 or 3 SteriPEN, one or two for home and one or two for the Bug Out Location.
On the SteriPEN website, the company has a long list of certifications from laboratories. The rating is something like 48 seconds of exposure for 16 ounces of water, and 90 seconds for 32 ounces of water.
The reason why I suggested 32 ounce water bottles – each water bottle would take 90 seconds of exposure, and 32 ounce water bottles are common. You can go to just about any sporting goods store and buy 32 ounce bottles.
16 ounces of water is not very much in the summer time. While out on the boat fishing or hiking, I can down 16 ounces of water at one time.
I have been stocking up on 32 ounce water bottles and canteens from academy sports and outdoors, the bottles and canteens are cheap and they are BPA free.
To help filter something like river water, use a shirt, sock (make sure its clean), piece of denim, bandanna,,,, some kind of cloth to remove heavy partials.
If you wanted to take things a step further, build a slow sand filter out of a 5 gallon bucket. Use the sand to filter out the heavy stuff and use the SteriPEN to further purify the water.
One of the safest long term solutions is a water well, Hand dug wells are still used all over the world to sustain various populations.
Care must be taken not to all the water well to become contaminated. My granny had a hand dug well and she had a wooden lid that covered the well. The lid served the purpose of keeping incests out of the well.