Sanitation Needs – PART 4
During war, most people don’t die from bullets but from starvation and disease. Many of the diseases are from drinking unclean water. Access to clean water will be critical in the upcoming hard times.
In an emergency survival situation the standard allotment is one (1) gallon of water per person per day. That gallon of water covers drinking, cooking, and hygiene. The average American household uses 70-100 gallons of water, per person, per day. The average Navajo on the New Mexico reservation uses seven (7) gallons per day.
With the current abundance of rainfall, the reservoirs full, our lakes and rivers full, it is hard to imagine the problem of severe water shortage. But remember, we are talking about “clean water”. What I want you to envision is no water coming out of your faucets and no water for your toilets to flush. Both of these occurring in a forty-eight (48) hour interval would cause major sanitation problems, not just for yourself but your neighbors as well. If the electrical grid goes down, that is what will happen in most places that are dependent upon pumps for delivery of water and removal of wastes.
In a “no electrical grid” situation you will need to attend to your bathroom needs outside, in order to continue to live inside your home. Ways to clean one’s body properly will become increasingly important since frequency of washing will decrease. Stocking up on items like wipes, antibacterial gel, toilet paper, dry shampoo, and deodorant will help in maintaining a minimum sanitary standard in your home.
Also consider that, if your emergency plan includes the high probability that you will be traveling to your safe place, make plans for the one gallon per person per day allotment of water for each day of travel. Since most everyone will be travelling on foot, take into account that, physical exertion increases the need for drinking water. Including a high capacity water filter in your “Bug-out backpack” will help you to procure drinking water from sources you find along the way.
In consideration of a ready supply of drinkable water at your safe place, it may be beneficial to consider drilling a permanent well to serve the needs of you and your neighbors.
See Part 5, for “Simple methods of purifying water”