So it's been an interesting past couple of days.  In the area where I live, which is a very populated suburb close to a metropolitan area, had a water main break and the due to this the entire county was under a boil alert and we still are until 5pm today!  We have been advised to boil our water for two minutes before consumption and use for cooking or to just use bottled water.  I've never experienced anything like this! 

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.
7/2/2011 02:48:53 am

You could check out the SuperTanker... it's what I got for our family of 6 for just such an emergency. You could also check out I got one of these for each member of our family. One "brick" holds the amount of water one person needs for a "72 hour kit" if we were in a situation where we needed to evacuate and leave our "tanker" behind. They are great at saving space for the amount that they hold, they are amazingly stackable, and you can use them to store other things aside from water.

7/2/2011 04:42:20 am

I wonder if you and I live in the same general area as I posted about a boil water situation Friday and Saturday!

7/2/2011 05:57:27 am

Audrey... Great info! THANKS! Can't wait to check it out!!

Julie... I took a look at your blog and I think you may just be right! Howdy neighbor! :)

7/10/2011 04:27:08 am

I have a Berkey and LOVE it! It is well worth the investment!


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