The key element to the survival of the human race is water. It really is as simple as that. We all learned in school that the earth is covered by 75 percent water and that one simple element is vital to sustaining life. Now as a prepper we all understand that water is crucial and that we need to have a serious plan for water storage in the event that the SHTF. We have covered all the particulars of storing water in large containers as well as smaller containers. We have talked at length about purification process and we all understand that the need for clean water is high. So the next question we need to dive into is the issue living without running water.
Running water is not something we think about a whole lot simply because we take it for granted. I mean we walk into the bathroom and flip a lever and the water flows. We walk into the kitchen and hit the lever and the sink fills up with fresh H2O. Water is all around us. We take 20 minute showers and we wash 5 loads of laundry a day. We never stop to think about the issue of water being shut off. Now just in case some of you are running on wells, we haven’t forgotten about you. While your water supply might not dry up there is a good chance that the power will fail. Once the power is shut off the pump in the well will no longer pump so well. So what are you going to do? Do you have a plan for surviving when the water runs dry? Lets investigate.
When the water supply is cut off, there could be several causes. The most common are a power supply failure or even the chance of a terrorist attack that damages a water pipeline. Whatever the cause of the disaster it will be you and I that are left with dry waterlines. The first thing you need to do in this situation is remain calm. The odds are in your favor if you have taken some previous precautions. This will be the time when those old one-gallon jugs will come in handy. Hopefully you have taken the time to fill several of these jugs and they are resting comfortably in your freezer.
This is also the time that you serious preppers will start the process of using your previously stored water. In many cases the water has been stored in a 175 gallon container and it has been treated and sealed for safety and preservation. The first thing you need to do, after staying calm, is inform your family that you are now going to start rationing water. Hopefully you have taken the time to prepare your family for this type of emergency and you have already made a plan of action to make the switch a little easier on the whole group. Remember, preparation is the key to survival.
Running water is an aspect of our lives that we typically ignore. When the water stops flowing you are going to need to limit the number of showers and baths that are being taken. In many cases the best plan is to limit yourself to old fashioned sponge baths two times a week.
It would also be wise to look for other sources of fresh water. Our friends on the coast are going to find this a little harder to come by but the vast majority of the rest of you will be able to do this. Perhaps it is a creek on your property or maybe you have a lake or river close to your home. If you are lucky enough to have this type of water source close to your home then you need to take full advantage of it. While you might not want to drink this water, it can still be used to wash clothing and it can even be used, in most cases, after it has been boiled and/or treated.
Life without running water is not a pleasant thought. It can however be dealt with, just like the rest of the issues that we will likely face when the SHTF. How are you planning to survive life without running water?