It doesn't need to be a catastrophic event to find we need to have water included in our food storage plans.
Duane stopped in about midnight Friday night. He said the lady living in the apartment beneath his had knocked on his door to find out if he was having problems with water overflowing in his apartment. It seems she was having water pouring into hers through her ceiling. Finding no source of the water problem, they concluded that a pipe may have burst between the two floors. Duane went down to the basement and shut off the main water valve. (That's one of the advantages of living in the same building for a number of years. You know where the shut-off valve is.) They called our landlord and left a message about the water problem. Duane then let me know what was going on.
For some in my building, having the water shut off will be a major problem. I asked Duane if he needed water for the morning before he went to work. He said he was good. He keeps cases of drinking water in his apartment.
Storing water in my small apartment is a challenge. I have no place to store those big water barrels that many use. What I do have is space behind my sofa that contains several dozen 2 liter soda bottles and gallon juice bottles filled with water. I have 6 cases (24 per case) of bottled drinking water on a shelf in one of my shelving units. Used sparingly, that amount of water will last both Duane and me at least a week or more. Including the absolute necessity of morning coffee. :)
In looking around my apartment I found that with a little bit of rearranging, I have room for 4 more cases of bottled water. If I spend the money to buy several of those square, stackable water jugs I have seen advertised, I could store still more water under my bed or in an out of the way corner of my apartment.
Water is more important to have on hand than is food. They say we can go a couple of weeks without food but only about 3 days without water.
I'm sure there are others like me to whom water intake is vital. I take a pill each day to help get rid of the fluid build-up in my body. Which means I need to drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Which is a really silly Catch-22 situation, but there it is.
We are not in an emergency situation by any means, but it has caused me to rethink my water storage and think of ways to improve it.
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