This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
We recently traveled to a camp site up in the mountains in New Mexico. The website indicated the area would have potable water, but when we arrived, we found it did not actually have potable water. Fortunately, we had brought a water filter “just in case”
Here are some lessons learned from spending a week without running water.
Refillable containers become really, really important
We brought a five gallon collapsible water container which held up very well. In addition, empty water and bottles, pots and pans were also used in the process of filtering water.
First, we filled a large pot with the unfiltered water. Then, we filtered the water into the five gallon water container until it got full. We then filled several water bottles as well.
A good water purifier is essential
As mentioned, we did not expect to have to purify water, but were glad we had brought our First Need Purifier. We have used this in several camping and backpacking trips and it has never failed. What I like about it is it removes viruses, bacteria and protozoa, as well as organic and inorganic chemical and aesthetic contaminants. It is a hand pump/gravity feed purifier.
You use more water than you think.
Clean water is needed not only for drinking, but for cooking, making coffee and other beverages and even brushing your teeth. We were fine with using the non potable water for washing dishes, cleaning and sponge baths.
You’ll have to take turns collecting water and purifying it.
It takes a good chunk of time to collect water and purify it, and your hands get tired using the hand pump so it is best to take turns with this chore.
Camp showers are great to have
Not having access to a real shower, we used a camp shower which was a treat after days of sponge baths.
Water is heavy
Having to transport water from one place to another gets very tiring. Each gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds, plus the weight of the container. So five gallons would weigh 41.7 pounds plus a couple of pounds for the container.
Having extra hand sanitizing gel is a blessing
When you have a finite amount of water on hand until you have to collect it again, you don’t want to use more than you need to. Hands get very grimy at camp so I found myself reaching for the hand sanitizing gel when I needed to clean my hands.
You learn to appreciate safe tap water.
After a few days, you realize the tap water we all take for granted. It it were to dry up for an extended period of time, we would all be in trouble so we really need to store more water.
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