I am lucky enough to have a spring fed lake no more than 100 yards from my apt.Does that mean the water is good,no.dead fish,ducks,muskrats,feces,certain harmful algea blooms.However after filtering and boiling or treating with bleach then letting it sit for a while for the bleach to disapate,i would feel safe to drink it.
If you are not so fortuante,where can you get water?One point to bring up here in Indiana there are no moving streams that are not polluted in one way or another.So no cowboying it up by dropping down on your knees and slurpin up a mouthfull.
Even when the water is shut off toilets unless flushed,will have 1.5 to 3 gals of water in tank.not bowl where waste go's but tank on top.this is basicly clean fresh water.If you feel a little grossed out filter and treat it.
Water heaters will have between 30 to 50 gals of water left standing in them.Most water heaters depending on hardness and amount of minerals will have lime and calcium build up from half inch to one foot deep.one older heaters I have routinely removed bottom elements that are totally ingulfed.And often drain valves wont drain because they are plugged or mechanically seiezed.
Moral of that is flush out water heater once or twice a year and if drain doesnt move freely and flow well,replace it.If yours works you can hook a garden hose up to it and drain off standing water.
In most all links I have left out electric filtration -purifiers etc,blacklight etc due to the fact we may not have electric power or batterys.
It looks like rain and treating lake or creek water are our best options and from what I see so far this one if parts aren't assembled you should already have collected and ready.
For those with the money,something along the lines of berefield or berkey would be great.If you dont than like me we will be putting together filter buckets than treating it,more to come this is a huge fiels to cover.If any specific questions I will do my best to figure out.If any of you have done any Diy filtration-purification please share your knowledge.
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