Saturday, 16 December 2017

What Would You Do For Water?

Tewesbury, a town not too far away had a main water pipe burst yesterday. 
This has left 10,000 homes and businesses without water and thirteen school.
Picture from Severn Trent Water
Severn Trent have set up three distribution points hand have handed out tens of thousand of bottles of water.
Supermarkets have also been stripped clear of any bottled water as people start to panic buy.

This also happened a few months ago in Chelthenham where 7,000 were left without water.

In both cases the water board reacted quickly and sets up points for people to collect water. But it does make me wonder how much they have stored up for this sort of emergency and how long it would last for.

Water storage is certainly an area I need to work on.

Do you have emergency water stored?

Or your own supply?

What would you do if the distribution points ran dry in an emergency?

19 comments:

  1. I probably one of those people who take water for granted. I don't have any bottled water stashed away. It makes you think.

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    1. Although we don’t have bottled water, we could filter and boil 5 water butts if necessary, but would have to ignore what might have rallen in! Could boul immersion tank water if necessary but I do have large containers to store wayer in. Our village does get quite a few bursts but not the whole village at any one time.

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  2. When we had no water for two weeks due to our big leak our lovely Welsh Water emergency guys left us with 4 bottles of water ....and drove off into the sunset!!

    We do have our rainwater harvesting system in place and could use that for most things water related, toilets, pots, washing etc, but I'm not sure it's fit for drinking. So we would need to have a supply of bottled water. I guess with half an hours notice there's time to run a bath full of cold water for drinking and cooking use ... but would you get that notice?

    Well worth thinking about.

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  3. This happened to me in October when a pipe burst on my street while I was at work. Luckily my retired neighbour was at home and had the presence of mind to fill containers with water before the water went off. It was off for 12 hours and I had no back up water of my own.

    When I lived rurally I was very well prepared for things like power cuts (every winter when the lines came down with snow or high winds), getting snowed in (once I couldn't get my 4x4 onto the main road for 2 weeks!) or burst pipes. Since moving into town I got complacent! In the last 4 years I've now had a major power failure (small sub station flood) and a burst water main.

    I've been slowly building up my supplies again so I'm well prepared for any emergency even now I'm in the centre of town.

    Good reminder for people!

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  4. We have our own well and I buy bottled water to drink.

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    1. I have a well too, but if the power went off the pump would not function. Makes me think....

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    2. Kris, we have a marine pump that is powered by hand or by solar. We had to fix it, it was given to us by a colleague of my father. he thankfully gave us 2 pumps and all the spares he could find in his workshop for us to fix. both work really well. We were also given a broken chainsaw, we fixed that by using a youtube by the same man in canada that explained the water pumps. very clever man.

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  5. Completely lost with out our water supply, good thoughtful post.

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  6. At the moment our property is covered by about 3 inches of snow so that takes care of it. Although probably 3/4 of people wouldn't make that connection in this day and age :(
    Otherwise we have some gallons stored aside and carry water in both vehicles.

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  7. 5 water butts will do most things, no way of storing water as convector boiler so no water tank and only have shower so no bath to fill.

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  8. Water water everywhere and never a drop to drink!

    Somewhere I've read about how many drops of bleach per gallon of boiled rain water makes it safe to drink

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  9. We supply our own water. We have tanks and collect rainwater off the roof of our house, and off our sunroom, off one of our garages, off our machinery shed, off our shearing shed. Americans (that homes of doomsday preppers so they should have a clue but don't) for some reason don't know that you can drink rainwater untreated. We have lots of lovely water for drinking and if that isn't enough for the garden we have a tank that we pump water up to from a dam and that gravity feeds back to hoses in the garden (and also is used to flush the loos). In addition we have a bore but don't need to use it.

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    1. I'm in the US and in some places here this kind of system (rainwater collection) is actually illegal because water is "owned" by the state/town/whatever. I wish I were joking.
      My grandmother had a rain barrel but we were told not to drink from it as kids, I think the worry is contamination from roof shingles etc.

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  10. As I live in the city, we always keep three cases of bottled water and I use old detergent containers to store water for flushing.

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  11. I have eight five-gallon bottles squirreled away for drinking. The camper has a forty-gallon drinking water tank as well. I also have a 7000-gallon above-ground pool which, in an emergency, would be covered up and used for hygiene purposes (or purified for drinking). I refer to it as "emergency water storage I can swim in."

    You can get by without a lot of things if things go to hell, but water isn't one of them. Don't skimp on this, folks! If you really want to see how much you'd miss the tap, shut it off, and try to live without it for a day. You'll be astounded!

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  12. Also; don't forget about all that water in the water heater! For this reason, I remain a user of a standard "tank" water heater. Depending on your setup, you'v got between twenty and eighty gallons of good, clean water, just sitting there waiting to be used!

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  13. we have enough bottle water for 4 days including the dogs. we get our water from a borehole, it could dry up, but we would then get the water from the water board. We are currently saving for it to be connected. In case it all goes wrong we have a berkey filter, Kymber and Jam went on about them so much we looked into it and thought how could be not get one! we can filter the stream water that runs through the garden.

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  14. I have my own well and pump. If the power goes out, I can run the pump with my generator.

    If the generator fails, I have 300 gallons of water stored in containers.

    If I use that up, there is a spring that bubbles up on my land. The water is pure.

    If that dries up, I have a creek about twenty feet wide and two to six feet deep flowing at the boundary of my property.

    If that dries up, I guess I am SOL. (Surely out of luck.)

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  15. We too have our own well on our 7 acres but still no way to pump it if power goes out. So this next year it's a hand pump for us. We also got a rain barrel as a gift from our daughter last summer. It too must be made functional. Thanks for reminding me that water must be planned for!

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