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LDS Preparedness Exercise – Storage for Water pt3

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Man: So, if you were to do that, you could take the water that came from the tap and add a few drops of chlorine in, shake it up, let it sit for 10 minutes and then consume it. But that water tastes like chlorine, so what do you do? I suggest that you drink water – but you don’t have to drink just water. Have punch baits, cool aid, Gatorade, some kind of mix that you can mix with the water and you can make a fruit punch out of it. If you do have to drink water that it’s overly chlorinated, some heavy fruit punch type baits will really make the water so that you can drink it, rather than having to have you hold your nose and drink chlorinated water. So that helps a great deal.

Other sources of water: if you’re looking for other sources of water here in Southern California, you’d look for a creek. We live in a desert – there aren’t many rivers or streams or anything that we can go pull water out of. So we need to figure out ways we can get water. One of the greatest ways are swimming pools. Can you drink swimming pool water? No you cannot drink. It has heavy salts in it – now, if you’re playing in it and you drink a little bit, that’s okay. But drinking heavy amounts of pool water would make you sick over time. So you cannot drink pool water. But you can do everything else with it. Wash your clothes, wash your dishes and wash things with it.

Like right now – outside it is raining. So if we were having a problem where there’s no water, you could collect rain water and you can collect it, you can filter it, you can purify it, you can drink it without any problem. What other sources of water can you have? Well, one of the things that you can always read is that you can use the water that comes out of your water heater. Have you ever done what they say you to do with a water heater – drain and angling? How many of you have actually drained your water heater? And the water that comes out of that, you want to drink that? It’s been there for a long time and it’s like rusty milk.

Can you drink that? I guess if you had a commercial filter, you could probably filter it out – but I don’t know if I would drink it. But could you bathe with it? Certainly. Could you use it for washing dishes? Probably. Washing clothes, those kinds of things. Everything other than drinking like you said – you can use it for that purpose. Another supply of water that you have in your home: your toilet tank. You really want to be drinking water out of your toilet tank? Well, if you don’t have any other water, that might be. It’s usually about 2 gallons or so in the tank of your toilet. That’s a great source of water if you really need to. Want to drink it? Well, you can. It’s pure water – it’s not been in the bowl so it’s okay to drink. But take your lid off your tank sometime and look in there and go “Uh – I don’t think I’m drinking that”.

If you have corn, you’re eating vegetables, you’re eating canned vegetables that you have in your food storage, well, rather than pouring that water out down the sink – that’s pure water. Keep that water in a jar somewhere, store that water up and in a couple of days, you’ll get half a gallon or so of water. If you have a water filter, you can put it in a water filter and you can drink it. You can drink it right out of the can too, it’s not gonna hurt you. Yeah, it’ll taste like corn, but it’s not gonna hurt you.

Let’s say right now it’s been raining pretty hard. And after it falls off the roof, you can catch the water before it hit the ground and it’s probably clean enough to drink without doing anything to it. But if it hits the ground, it can get and can and does get giardia. Let’s say I owned a home and I had a house with a rain gutter on it, I would take a 55 gallon drum like this and have it next to where the rain gutter comes down. Let it rain for a couple of minutes: 4-5 minutes, it’ll wash everything out and I’ll just put the water into the barrel. And I would feel pretty comfortable drinking that water if it hadn’t touched the ground first. If it goes off your relatively clean roof into the barrel, you can drink it without much problem. Filtering will be one step more. You can chlorinate it if you needed to – but you wouldn’t need to do that. But you probably may want to filter it.

On my website, I have a couple of ways that you can actually make filters. I have, one of my favorite ones that I’m dying to try is from an army field manual – if you have to be stuck out in the middle of wilderness, you can use your parachute and make a 3-stage filter and filter it just like the earth does. The first filter, the water leaves grass or vegetable matter. And it goes through a layer of sand and a layer of charcoal. And then after that – you get water at the end. And that water will be relatively pure and safe to drink.

And you can use water like that rather resourceful so you can make the water that you do have stretch out over time. The most important thing I think about water storage is get some! Get some now! Store some! If you don’t have any water stored in your home, even when we talked about maybe 5-10 gallons per person, you need to have some kind of water stored. Because if the power goes down, so will the water eventually. All the water that gets to you is pumped to your house. Those pumps run on electricity. If we have a major earthquake, you won’t have water and probably not for several days.

There are lots of reasons why, even like I just said, they just tested the water and with no calamity, just for some reason, the ground water was contaminated. And if they send you a letter – guess what, your water if off – you’ll have to start boiling your water. How much nicer would be, rather than boiling the water, to get a drink of water you just put in your bedroom. Grab one of these and go “Okay, here we go, we’re set, we’re ready to go”. Any questions?

Man:Now, if there is a problem with the city water, would we be able to purify that?

Man: It depends on what kind of purification system it is. There are basically, under-counter systems there are 3 kinds of purifications systems. One is the charcoal based system. It runs through charcoal like pure water does – and those charcoal filters will take out things like chlorine, remember we want the chlorine cause it makes it store. If you run the water through a charcoal system to put in here, it’ll actually shorten the life because you’re actually de-chlorinating the water. So, there are charcoal-based systems.

And there are ceramic-based systems that are more expensive. It actually pushes it through a ceramic system. Those do not de-chlorinate, but will take out larger particulate matter. The most expensive ones are the reverse osmosis. They actually push it through a very small membrane that takes out everything and the water is really pure as it comes out. The upside with those is that you get really pure water when you’re drinking it. The downside is, as soon as let’s say the water system goes bad like my wife was saying that the chemicals were put in it – I don’t believe that those would stop all of those chemicals and they would foul your filter and you’d have to replace the cartridges before you’d be able to use your system again. It depends greatly on the system that you have and the kind of method it uses to purify the water.

If you look on it, it should tell you what kind of system it is, how many microns it goes down to and if you have anything bellow like a 2 or 1 micron, then you’re pretty good. So the best thing is – go onto the internet, look through a company and the company you have it from should be able to tell you all the information you need to know about that. Generally though, if something happens to the water, if it’s foul – generally, not always – will foul those kinds of filters.


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