Urban Survival – Emergency Water sources

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There are a number of things you need to do during a major disaster to ensure that you have the water you need to survive.

Water BobSo what should you do if you find yourself in an emergency situation without water?

  • Once a disaster hits you have to act quickly. The first thing you should do, is find a way to store as much water as possible.  Fill your bathtubs, sinks, pots and any large storage containers with water.  The average bathtub holds somewhere around 50 gallons of water.  Check out the Waterbob Emergency Drinking Water Storage system. It”s a good system to have on hand.
  • Shut Down Incoming Water. Immediately shut off your water main to prevent contamination from coming into your hot water heater, which is a great source of emergency water.

Where to find water during an emergency.

Your home has a number of places where you can find emergency water.

  • Hot Water Heater Tank - Your hot water heater is a great source of emergency water.
  • Canned Goods – Tuna, canned vegetables, beans and fruit all contain liquids that can be drained.
  • Drain Your Pipes – If you live in a multilevel home, you can drain the water in your pipes by using gravity to your advantage. After the water lines into your house have been shut off, drain your pipes by using the lowest faucet in your house.
  • Toilet Water – In an emergency, you can boil the water from the flush tank (not the bowl) of your toilet.  I would only use this water as a last resort and only if I was sure it was free of chemicals.
  • Rainwater - Use large pots and containers to catch and  store rainwater.

How to Generate your own Water

  • If your really prepared, you can actually generate your own water with the EcoloBlue 28 Atmospheric Water Generator. While it’s not cheap, and you will need a source of power,  it may be a great option for those that can afford such a device. The system generates up to 7 gallons of pure drinking water per day from the humidity in the air.
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  1. JeSter6 says:

    If I immediately shut off my water main, how do I fill my bath tubs?

    • Badger says:

      This is going to depend on the size of your water pressure tank, and length of water lines, but even with the main shut off, you should be able to get some water in a tub with the residual pressure. (Again, depending on size of system this could be a little or a lot.) Ideally, paying attention to weather, warnings, etc., you can shut off the main just ‘after’ filling a tub. And I wouldn’t wait until last minute, “better to have and not need…” so to speak. Also doesn’t hurt to have a filter & purification plan in order either. Hope this helps.

  2. rachel says:

    I used to sell water conditioners. I do not believe many people will think of filling a bathtub in such an event. You should be able to fill the tube and then shut off the water main. The water in the pipes have already been treated.

  3. DesertRose says:

    …In The Meantime Recycle Your Water Bottles, Pop Bottles, Glass Bottles, Empty Capped Containers Et Al, Sanitize Them & FIll Them With Water & Store…

  4. Morgan Kale says:

    you’d be surprised where you can find water… you can drink rusty radiator water from a broken down car if you treat it properly

  5. Edith Pagan says:

    A dehumidifier is an idea for water, they take water from the air as well.

  6. boy scout says:

    In the gulf coast area , humidity clings to us like a high school sweetheart. WaterpWaterpours from a/c units during the summer months. If your can will crack and your compressor works, you have survival water.q

  7. Art says:

    Water from the toilet tank is quite safe,if unsure boil it for five minutes. The same for rain water, boil it, you never know what the birds have been doing on your roof. The comment about “old car” radiator water can be lethal.

  8. lola says:

    what about dry/canned dog/cat/bird food? is that OK for humans if all hell breaks loose?

    • Bull says:

      I ate dog food but its not safe. After eating one night I was out in the street licking myself and got hit by a car

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