Need Water: We need water to survive after any disaster, that is a given. What if your city’s water lines or your personal well pump is broken or disrupted in some way? What if the river or creek by your home is now gone because the earth has moved and redirected the flow far away from your home. This is why it is critical to store some water in your home. You can purify the water from a creek or river with this Big Berkey Water Purifier. In fact, I know a lot of people who use this to purify their city water in their own homes, just to be extra safe. You might want to think about purchasing some kind of purifier. We need water for so many things.
You may want to think about purchasing some kind of purifier. We need water for so many things.
We Need Water to Survive:
The picture above has two stainless steel containers stacked together. One is called an upper chamber and the other is a lower chamber. The upper chamber has 4 holes in the top of it so you can place from one to four of the black purification elements (also shown above) in the holes in order to purify the water. If you don’t install an element in a hole then you have to plug that hole with one of the white plugs shown in the picture below. Note, the more elements you use the more efficient the filtering process. This product comes with a stainless steel lid, a knob to use when removing the lid and a screw to hold the knob in place, along with a black spigot to serve the filtered water.
You will need to wash the chambers at least once a month in soapy water, rinse and let dry. Never wash the purification elements with any cleaning agents or soap. If you notice that the filtering process is taking longer than expected the filter elements probably need to be cleaned by taking them out and using a 3M Scotch Brite pad to gently scrub along the outside of each filter element and then rinsing the element in clean water. If you want to validate that the filters are still working you can fill the top chamber with a tablespoon of red food coloring to one gallon of water and it will remove the food coloring from the water. Amazing! You can use this system to purify raw untreated pond, lake and river water. You should always use the cleanest, clearest water you can find, whenever possible.
Purify Your Water To Survive
As mentioned above, the Big Berkey comes with a spigot and the white Blocking Plugs. You will use the white plugs to plug the holes not being used by the purification elements. It comes with a priming button as well.
- According to the instructions, you can Purify 12,000 gallons before replacing the Elements.
- It stands about 8.5″ Deep X 19.25″ High (13″ when nesting inside for storage)
- It is made of stainless steel and can purify approximately 190 gallons a day
Minimum Water Amount Needed:
- 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need water in excess of this amount.
- 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
- 5 to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet
- 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine
It is vital to have water storage to sustain life. Many times in natural disasters the electricity goes down and we are unable to access water via our hoses, taps, etc. Sometimes the water is contaminated from flooding and cross-contamination from sewage. You will need water for a minimum of three days. If we don’t have water, we will not be able to use many of the freeze dried or dehydrated food we need to eat every day. Some hoses have lead in them; use a lead-free hose to fill containers. There are numerous containers available in which to store water; use a container that works for you and your family. As you can see, we need water…lots of water.
Boiling Water For Use:
- Boil filtered and settled water vigorously for one minute (at altitudes above one mile, boil for three minutes).
- To improve the flat taste of boiled water, aerate it by pouring it back and forth from one container to another and allow it to stand for a few hours, or add a pinch of salt for each quart or liter of water boiled.
Bleaching/Purifying Water To Use:
- Information from Clorox: When boiling water for 1 minute is not possible in an emergency situation, you can disinfect your drinking water with Clorox®Regular-Bleach as follows:
- Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to the bottom.
- Pour off clear water into a clean container.
- Add 8 drops of Clorox® Regular-Bleach (not scented or Clorox® Plus® bleach) to one gallon of water (2 drops to 1 quart). For cloudy water, use 16 drops per gallon of water (4 drops to 1 quart).
- Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. It should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat and wait another 15 minutes. The treated water can then be made palatable by pouring it between clean containers several times.
My Favorite Water Preserver:
- Water Preserver is recommended by Top Emergency Professionals
- It is approved by the EPA
Please think about giving water storage containers or water purifiers for holiday gifts this year. We need water…lots of water. Peace of mind is worth its weight in gold…please be prepared for the unexpected. What is one preparedness item you would love to have in your home this year or next year? We all need water stored, please start today. My favorite water preserver