There is so much information and discussion out there on water filtering and purifying. From Berkey’s to Brita’s, to Clorox and boiling – it is an active topic with a lot angles. What I do not see are a lot of discussions on water’s other uses beyond drinking.
Here are a few uses for water –
- cooking (yes – I know that is still consumption)
- washing clothes
- washing ourselves
- fighting fires
Depending on the source considered most people use an average of 140 – 200 gallons per day. In a grid down/SHTF situation – it is highly likely that water will need to be conserved.
I am no expert in water filtration. I have several portable water filters as well as a Big Berkey. These are all meant for drinking. Beyond that I have Clorox stored and certainly look at boiling as a method to improve the quality of water so that is it safe.
Sanitation is a major concern. Daily washing to improve morale and maintain a safe, clean environment is a concern. For hand washing I have liquid hand soap and antibacterial lotion stored away. These will assist in minimizing water usage. Rubbing alcohol can play a role but I would rather save it for medical use. For whole body and specific “areas” baby wipes and wash clothes help. Damping the wash cloth in clean water and scrubbing certainly helps minimize water usage over that of pouring water over the body. A solar shower is great for a whole body cleansing when the water usage is acceptable.
For plants and other gardening projects rain barrels are fantastic. My barrels can fill off of a short power rain within just a few minutes and provide hundreds of gallons for a variety of uses including watering growing vegetable plants.
Washing clothes periodically can be done washing in one bin, rinsing in another and then hang to dry. Grey water from the clothes washing can be used elsewhere such as in the garden. Washboards can be purchased as well as devices to wring out clothes to dry quicker.
Fighting fires provide challenges. Rain barrels can be located near structures with small buckets staged ready to fill “just in case”. Of course fire extinguishers are specific tools for fighting fires.
The purpose of this post was just to bring up that water isn’t just for drinking. I have a shed in my backyard and have started storing 2-liter bottles of water there. This water is not meant for drinking, but really for many other uses. I hope to add some 55-gallon drums as well.