Well luckily... we have never been a family who drinks tap water. It's just the way I was raised. Its always been bottled water for us. So going to the store for bottled water is something we do fairly often and we really don't give it a second thought. Well when we went yesterday for our water.... THE STORES WERE EMPTY!! People were complaining, managers were stressed and on the phone figuring out when they would get another shipment. It was a little scary to see a tiny hint of what it would be like if a major catastrophe would happen leaving us with either contaminated or no water supply. This DEFINITELY got me thinking.
I started doing research on water filters and came across the Berkey Water Filters... I still have to do some more research but this may definitely go on our wish list and we won't be waiting for our mini farm and homestead to get it either. We also started researching digging our own well when we do get our land. I would love to have a spring nearby but I don't think that is going to happen in the area we are living in. There is a lot of detailed information out there about digging your own well and I need to sit down and really study my findings. Either way... well water would need to be filtered as well so back to the Berkey we come.
My point is... I think we've trained our minds into thinking we need to be prepared for catastrophic events... a complete meltdown. When really... it could be a small occurrence that when you hear about it you don't even give it a second thought. A water main break, miles away from us... big deal right? That's what I thought too... until the boil alerts started coming through our phones and on the news. It was incredible the impact it had.... such a small event clearing out the local stores of their water. Oh and by the way... we went sightseeing in a nearby town yesterday and we ended up stocking up on our water there... and guess what.... they had just restocked their shelves after being cleared out as well! It even effected nearby towns!
Do what you can, when you can.... we have our basement stocked with a few cases of water now. Because you just never know.