Water Storage: How do I treat water before I store it?

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Water that you’re going to store for long-term (6 months or more) needs to be treated before it’s stored. As we’ve discussed previously, some water comes pre-treated from the municipal water system and may be ready to store right out of the tap! Just because the water is ready for storage doesn’t mean you can…

Water Storage: Should water for long-term storage be treated?

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Many people exhibit some level of confusion when it comes to “treating” water for storage. Let’s see what we can do to eliminate some of that confusion! Put simply, the way you “treat” your water for storage depends on two things: how it will be stored, and where you got the water from in the…

Water Storage: Where should I store all my water?

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Drinking water can (and should) be stored for easy access should an emergency arise. Emergencies could range from floods, to storms, to simple contamination of your culinary water supply (it happens all the time when a raccoon or other animal falls into the water tank). Water should be stored in containers that aren’t prone to…

Make your own hot water: Just add water and sun

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Hot water comes in very useful for laundry, cooking, washing, and bathing. When you have a home with a hot water heater, it’s easy enough. When you’re camping, or in an emergency situation, it’s not that easy. Not long ago I showed you how to make a water filtration system using some ceramic filters, some…

Tap Water Bursting into Flames?

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“Tap water set on fire… 50-foot-high flare expected to continue burning for three or four more days… Twenty-eight cattle quarantined… Drinking water turned brown.” These are just a few of the news items hitting headlines in the last month, from Pennsylvania to Texas, and they’re all related to an increasingly-used destructive practice called hydraulic fracturing.…

Thoughts on Water Collection and Storage

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Those of you who know me know that I hold to two seemingly contradictory philosophies in most things that I do: Use the right tool for the job Improvise I’m a big fan of MacGyver’s ability to find solutions to problems using only what was available around him. However, those solutions are generally short-term and…