One of the scariest survival situations is living through a water shortage. What if there was too little water? Worse, what if there was simply no water available? What would you do? How would you handle it? Read on to find out.
You probably know that you should stockpile potable (safe to drink) water for an emergency. The question is how to use what you have set aside. Fortunately, we have people who have lived through planned water outages who can give us some insight into how to deal with this situation.
A reader over at backdoorsurvival.com wrote in tell about her experience of going without water for three days in a planned water outage. She noticed six surprising things about living through that situation. Here they are along with our comments.
1. We used a lot less water than I thought we would. – This lady, Karen, found that her family used hand sanitizer, paper plates and cups, and soup that did not require extra water. This may be the first thing that you considered when thinking about a water shortage. Basic sanitation and cooking would be an issue. Karen indicated that they used disinfectant wipes for cleaning, but I would remind you that this may not be enough to clean cooking utensils for repeated uses. Make sure that you have some water on hand for that purpose.
2. We made a lot more laundry than usual. – Because they didn’t want to use their water to wash clothes, clean clothes became an issue. There is no easy solution to this. Beyond having extra water for the purpose of washing and cleaning, it would be useful to have additional clothing available to last you through this “no wash” season.
3. We need to revamp our toilet strategy. – Even though they filled a bathtub specifically for the purpose of having water to flush toilets, this water was used for this purpose within a day. The better option is to have chemical toilets in your home and your bug out location to prevent having a house that stinks.
4. We ended up getting dehydrated a little. – In an effort to preserve the available water, Karen’s family didn’t drink as much as they should have. This is a case where they, unintentionally, could have hurt themselves in an effort to help the family long-term. To prevent this, try to have a strategic plan about the use of water but don’t skimp on the uses that are necessary for life. Remember, you can live longer without food than without water.
5. Cooking was harder than it had to be. – Again, in an effort to save water, Karen kept looking for meals that did not require extra water or required very little. This would be another situation where forethought of planning how to allocate the available water could have saved much mental struggle in trying to figure out how to eat without using water.
6. I am not at all sure anymore whether we are ready for a longer term emergency. – This statement says it all because survival, after physical safety questions are addressed (like self-defense against aggressors), is first and foremost about water and then food. The water situation is the first and most basic issue that has to be addressed to survive over the long term. It is better to plan for it now before you need it.
How would you best weather a water shortage or water outage situation? Tell us below.