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Water When The Power Grid Failures: What To Do Then And Now
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Water When the Power Grid Failures: What To Do Then And Now

The instantaneous negative effects of an electrical grid failure are apparent; your lights go out. However, a power disruption will have another impact that a majority of people don't even recognize; their water will stop flowing within hours. It is after that that urban survival techniques become as good as gold, since most city dwellers don't know how to deal with obtaining drinking water by themselves.

The electricity that powers the pumping systems that fill the water towers with drinking water (the filtration of which was reliant on electric power) does not have immediate impact on our water faucets. As long as there is water inside the towers higher than our tap, we will have water flowing.

Most cities don't have backup power generators to run their water plants and we have to trust that those that do have backups also have enough fuel and have been performing preventive repairs and maintenance so that they will operate when the power grid goes down. Depending on back ups is usually a toss of a coin.

After the towers are emptied in several hours, based upon the pumping capacity of the town, the faucets are dry. Then you're pitted against all the other victims of the crisis lining up at the stores, hoping they are able to buy the remaining bottled water although the cash registers don't work without power.

Step 1:) Quickly fill your bathtub along with available bottles as soon as the power goes out. Th bathtub supply can be used for washing and toilet flushing, since your bath tub is typically not sanitized to hold drinking water.

Step 2) Once the electricity stops, you can obtain another Thirty or 40 gallons of water that is clean by simply draining the hot water tank (ensure you turn the heat OFF first if it is gas heat and still heating). This water is perfectly clean, though if you haven't flushed the hot water heater lately (some thing you should do once a month anyways), there may be some rust particles.

The water is fine - just simply allow the water settle in a pitcher - the rust isn't any worse than the brownish, iron colored drinking water from an old forest preserve well.

Step 3) The rest of the water in your home's pipes can be accessed from the lowest spigot in the house as soon as you open the tap at the highest point in the house. Yes, there is still water in your pipes after the faucet stops running. It will flow from the lowest faucet once air is allowed to pass in to the highest tap.

If you have undertaken the smallest amount of planning before hand and read about what to do after that, you will have a handful of items on hand to enable you to carry on indefinitely, so long as there is a stream, creek or retention pond close by.

These things include typical household bleach for killing microorganisms and some coffee filters to filter the dirt and visible particles. If you also boil the water, it's sufficient for a temporary water supply.

For any long term water purification, you will have to think about heavy metal toxins, which requires a reliable water filter. The water filter you decide on must be the kind that does not hook up to a tap and rely upon water pressure to do its job.

The time to acquire urban survival techniques like the life saving factors of water purification is a long time before an emergency hits. An urban survival guide is a resource to learn not only what you think you need to learn, but also the other things that might not occur to you.


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