June 10, 2017

Water and Energy Preparedness

Yesterday we discussed some of the food preparedness resources in the PrepperBundle. I'd say this is probably a number one concern for most people. Along with food, of course, comes water, and then energy, because most folks don't like doing without electricity for very long. If

People can live longer without food than water, which is why water preparedness is a must. After a tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake, it's not uncommon for people to be advised to boil their drinking water. Having a well is no guarantee of a water supply if you have an electric pump. We've experienced that first hand, and it's not just cooking, cleaning, and bathing water you have to consider. Without electricity to run our pump we couldn't even flush the toilet!

Several of the books I mentioned yesterday address water from a preparedness viewpoint, plus there are a number of lists and plans to help you get organized. This book, however, is dedicated to the issue of water safety in an emergency situation.

The Prepper's Guide To Disaster Water Security by Steven Chabotte is about as comprehensive as it gets. It begins with a list of disasters that can affect water supply. Then it discusses the negative effects of lack of water (dehydration would be a horrible way to die), potential water toxins and contaminants (bacteria, viruses, parasites, heavy metal contaminants, nitrates, pharmaceuticals, poisonous chemicals, etc.) The author helps you build a comprehensive water storage plan, little thought-of water sources, how to test water safety, and the various methods of water purification. Most of us probably wouldn't want to drink water treated with bleach (chlorine) but if it's between that and cholera, well, which would you choose? Includes charts for quantities of water and chlorine or iodine, and how to disinfect a well. But he also tells us how to make a variety of homemade water filters, so maybe that's a better way to go! The appendices are filled with useful resources.

The PrepperBundle includes a couple of good books on off-grid living. While I realize most of us aren't planning to go off the grid, the still contain useful information that can be applied to a grid-down situation. Then there's this book by Lee and Joan Crain.

Build Your Own Emergency Off-Grid Power System: How to Create and Configure An Off-Grid Power System With a Portable Solar Generator. What is a solar generator? Technically it's a battery centric, electricity storage device which utilizes solar panels to collect the energy and store it in batteries. If you are thinking about getting a generator, you may want to look into one of these. No need to store gasoline or diesel fuel!

The authors tested two such generators and the first part of the book is an honest evaluation of each. It then details how they evaluated what they could run on each, how they prioritized their needs, and how they worked out solutions for those needs. A very interesting read for anyone wishing to evaluate their own electricity usage.

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Susan said...

Speaking of water to flush toilets....The Humanure Handbook is a very good read. It really makes very little sense to use precious water to flush a toilet.

Leigh said...

Susan, that sounds like an excellent resource, especially for those who are working toward a self-reliant lifestyle.

Woolly Bits said...

I know that book - and we have changed over to one of those swedish compost toilettes many years ago - works perfectly well and saves huge amounts of water! even though we collect our own rainwater for the household, we try to save as much as possible... (www.separett.com). I have to say though that the ventilation runs with electricity, but something similar could be built into an outhouse if needs must...

Leigh said...

Bettina, good to hear from you! It would seem that especially with using only collected rainwater that conservation in the household would be a must. We replaced old toilets with low water flush, but they still use quite a bit. Thanks for the link! Looks like a great resource.

Hardshell FZE said...

that's really awful ..