Many people don’t realize that that the water coming from their tap is dependent on the power grid. If the power grid were to go down eventually so would their water. A large scale disaster would mean the end of clean water to drink.
Most people would be in a world of hurt with no drinking water for 3 days. Many are totally unaware that they can go for about 3 weeks without food, but can only last about 3 days without water.
Being the good survivalist you are you most likely have your supply of emergency water on hand. However, your neighbors may not. This is where helping your neighbor can really help yourself.
Show them how to use this source of emergency water, and they won’t need to consume, or even attempt take your water (hopefully things would never come to that).
The emergency source of water that we are going to discuss is your water heater. The average home water heater holds 40 gallons of water, and would be quite useful in an emergency. To be able to use your water heater as a source of drinking water please watch the following video below.
It is very important read the tips that follow the video so you’ll understand exactly what to do. Please share this post with everyone you know.
Step 1: Shut off the valve that leads from your main water line to the hot water heater immediately after the emergency to prevent the water from becoming contaminated.
Step 2: Disconnect the water heater’s power supply (either electric or gas)
Step 3: Allow the water inside the heater to cool before you attempt to drain any water from it. This could take several hours.
Step 4: Disconnect the hot water line at the top of the tank. If you can’t get the line off, turn on the hot water faucet closest to the tank in order to relieve pressure.
Step 5: Open the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and collect the water in a clean storage container. Over time, rust and corrosion will build up and settle at the bottom of the tank. If the water does not look clean, discard it until clean water begins to drain.
Step 6: While this water should be safe to drink, it is still recommended that you treat the water by adding six drops of liquid household bleach for every gallon of water. Allow the water stand for 30 minutes. The water should now be completely safe.
Warning: Turn off the power supply to the tank first. Even if there is a power failure, you must unplug, turn off the circuit breaker, or close the gas valve first. If the tank is empty of water when service is restored, damage to the tank will occur.
Fill the tank completely before restoring power to the water heater. Once full, open the supply valve, turn on the hot water faucet nearest to the tank and wait for the water to begin flowing.
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Originally posted 2014-03-19 17:58:52.
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