Since my first trip to San Francisco in my 20’s I always thought of California as this Mecca of the wildly famous and the historic symbols of America.
I think of the gold rush days, the first almond orchard I ever saw, my first trip to the wine country and my walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Those were wonderful times and a friends I used to visit in Brentwood with its elegantly manicured hedges and lush green lawn, sitting on the veranda in the early morning at sunrise with the sprinklers throwing a large drink of water to nourish the rich greens and gold’s of the yard, now this may be a thing of only memory.
Drought is serious business, lack of water for drinking even more serious. A human needs water to balance their physiology as we are made up of 90% water and without it for more than three days we physically and mentally wilt like a plant robbed of this life giving elixir.
How do you sustain yourself and your family during a drought? The solution is not a simple one but one that can be resolved through storing your drinking water needs.
What am I talking about – buying water in two ways large containers and small containers. Now something that flows out of your spigot with the turn of a handle why should you pay extra for it – well simple there is a drought and it’s not going to get better with 40 million Californians taking a drink, having a shower and using it for cooking it will dwindle to a point it becomes prohibitively expensive and since it’s something you cannot go without those who control the water control the populace – are you going to let your family get to that point?
I spoke of large container storage the bottled water delivery those big blue 5-gallon bottles you lift weighing nearly 50 pounds you use on your household dispenser – yeah that’s the one.
How big is your family? Let’s really go out on the edge with size and say a mom, dad and three kids. How does the water get used in your home? Face it kids play outside and manage to find every molecule of dirt and grime and it seems to put itself in places you never think of.
You sent little Trinity and Tommy out to play all fresh and clean in their play clothes and when they come in for lunch it looks as though they trudged through the Ardennes Trenches caked and covered with dirt and grime. You give them a nourishing lunch making them hydrate before returning them to kid wars knowing when the day is over they will need a good scrubbing.
You mop the floor, wipe down the counters, do load after load of laundry with kids, dishwasher, and hygiene, water the plants, shower, shave, flush, wash the car, consume gallon after gallon just to stave off thirst. That’s my friends is a lot of water.
The average family of five uses around 500 gallons of water a day over the course of one year 182,500 gallons consumed.
How much water is that – consider my home swimming pool held 14,000 gallons I could fill it more than 13 times with that much water.
It seems inconceivable doesn’t it? Yet it’s a fact and add 40 million consumers to that list they consume over 7 quadrillion gallons annually and that is just in California alone.
Is the drought serious – you bet it is as is the freedoms you have to the access of inexpensive water.
The average gallon of tap water in the USA is about 0.002 cents per gallon and in some places in Europe they pay $0.025 cents per gallon more than 12 times what we pay here on average. I guarantee that price is going to rise drastically in the very near future as will governmental controls on its consumption and monitoring.
How can you cope with this rise in cost and rise in your families protection – have extra water on hand.
When you go to Sam’s Club, Costco, Wal-mart or Target super stores they have those big blue bottles for sale but they are heavy and putting them in the cart will be perilous at best and no room for groceries – what do you do then?
Delivery… and how much do you store? If you have a garage I suggest you keep a dozen bottles on hand and for the time you ever have to leave your home because of imminent danger of natural or manmade types buy the 35-bottle case (4.62 Gallons each) at Wal-mart, how many? For a family of five like we mentioned 10 cases (nearly 400 pounds) but that will last you 2 weeks per family member with conservation and having a portable quality water purification system you can use water from ponds, streams and rivers to sustain your needs.
What would I recommend as far as good portable water filters you can keep in the car for those go and emergency situations?
You’re likely wondering what the difference in the three for $75, the cost of replacement filters and the cartridge life 1,000 -2,000 liters, 3.78 liters per gallon. These water filters can be costly.
My all-time favorite the Sawyer Personal Water Filter is something each member of the family can have it filters 500 gallons of water for drinking enough to sustain one person for more than one year and at a cost of about $35 at Wal-mart.
And the Sawyer filter is easier than trying to carry a gallon of water at 8.3 pounds per gallon isn’t it?
You have to use common sense here. Store extra water at your home or apartment burt for traveling just 3-gallons and a good water filter and you’ll be fine.