waterPerhaps I’m ranting here, but I consider the PROTECTION of our water sources one of the most key services that our tax dollars pay for. To discover that our government is miserably failing in this aspect twenty percent of the time is simply unacceptable on any level of conscience. We MUST have potable water in order to survive and thrive. Is it not bad enough that our government permits the PURPOSEFUL addition of carcinogens and toxins in our water (such as fluoride) but now we have to add to that “oopsy daisies” too? We can’t even trust the government with our water supplies. Why in the world would we expect them to handle our currency, our health care, and the rest of the functions of our government?

We know that our nation has received terrorist threats which involve tainting our water supplies. Have these errors simply been some “dry runs” for the terrorists to see just how easy it would be bring this nation to its knees? Think 20% isn’t all that much to worry about? Think again. This is 20% of the WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS, not 20% of the population, folks. As you and I both know there are SEVERAL persons who rely on the same water treatment systems and the subsequent supplies, be it in a home, community, region, etc. What if only 30% of the partakers of that 20% of tainted water were to become seriously ill because of what’s in the water? This would be accomplished easily if ever deadly levels of toxins were allowed to infiltrate the water. As a result, we would have a health crisis more serious than the last 5 years of any type of flu put together! That type of dent in the everyday operations of our country would cause a financial collapse of astronomical proportions. And there would then be an unfathomable domino effect on top of that. Those same water treatment systems are used to supply water to medical and food manufacturers, schools, hospitals, and other vital services. Can you start to see the big picture now?

Water for cooking and drinking


Get a considerable storage of water together.

I personally take two things from this article. First, stop relying on the government to take care of your survival on any level. Use a water filter of the best kinds in your home for cooking and drinking. Take responsibility for the cleanliness of your water. Don’t simply purchase water assuming it’s clean and drinkable. Remember, the NY Times article referenced above states that there’s quite a bit of apathy on the part of the treatment facilities. Many are getting away without so much as a hand slap. Secondly, have a significant supply of water that you have stored to then treat in the event that your water supply becomes intolerably tainted. When it comes to this undervalued commodity, we simply can not be too careful.

Fill your water barrels!

You know those barrels that you have in your backyard that are still empty? Get off your duff and get them filled—I don’t care if it’s freezing and snowing outside. It doesn’t matter what kind of hose you’re using. Chlorinated water is better than no water at all. Let’s stop being creampuffs and start showing the kind of stock that we Americans are really made of, shall we?

Ok. That’s the end of my rant. Care to share some of your own?



Mark · December 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Spot on Kellene! Water is the most taken-for-granted resource that we all need in abundance. My rant would implore everyone to learn how to acquire, filter, purify, and sterilize water from natural sources so that storing huge amounts of tap water are not necessary. My hope is that the cost of the LifeSaver bottles will come down considerably and be available for us poor people!

m · December 11, 2009 at 12:51 am

I can’t find a nonfluoride toothpaste and, if I do, I’m not willing to pay $10 for a tube of toothpaste.

What other options for brushing teeth do we have?

Thank you.

    Anna · December 11, 2009 at 1:00 am

    The best, cheapest option for toothbrushing is baking soda. It doesn’t taste great but it gets the job done.

    Kellene · December 11, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Just FYI, I use the Thieves toothpaste from Young Living. It has the Thieves essential oil in it and it also has the xylitol. It lasts me an easy 6 months and that’s with my hubby and myself using it.

UncleJoe · December 11, 2009 at 2:59 am

We just had our well pump go out on Tuesday night. Thankfully I had bottled up 30 gal. of water this past summer which got us through the night and the next day until I replaced it. The importance of having even some water stored can never be overemphasized.

mrm · December 11, 2009 at 5:14 am

He who has water rules the UNIVERSE. Best toothpaste we have found has Xylitol in it and no ‘rat poison’ fluoride. Just had a surprising ‘no cavity’ check up and I totally attribute it to this toothpaste. $10 toothpaste vs $300 dentist bill? I’ll take the toothpaste! Baking soda is a close second – you can mix 2 parts baking soda and 1 part salt in a jar with a shake hole top lid. Add a half dozen dried beans to help break it up when you shake it if it gets a little stiff from collecting moisture.

Cin · December 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm

One of the best investments one could make is to buy the LifeSaver Water Filtration System. I have one and use it everyday. The only two drawbacks are that it cannot be kept in temps lower than freezing (due to plastic working parts) and it does not filter out salt from salt water. I have been using it regularly and the water comes out tasting perfect. The benefit of having this LifeSaver is that you can use just about any water source and filter out everything, without having to transport water with you. You can just draw up dirty water from a puddle, pond, river, etc. and filter. Then drink. The nanometer filters separate all contaminates before you drink the water. So if there is a water source (non-salt) you have drinking water. I take mine everywhere and the options of water sources are everywhere.
I don’t argue the point of having some water at your home, but in a bug out scenario, this is fantastic. If you learn the distillation process for salt water, you have an abundance of water nearly everywhere on the planet.

Scott · December 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Great points – I needed this “nudge”. I have a variety of filters but only a moderate amount of stored water. A couple of barrels in the backyard sounds like a great idea.

Sheri · December 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm

When you put water in a barrel do you just put water in and seal it. I know my grandmother used to put a little bleach in hers. How is this done and what is shelf life?

    Kellene · December 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Look up the article called “Water Blogged”. (just put it in the search engine for this site up at the top) That will share with you how to handle your water storage. Good luck!

    Kellene · December 11, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Sheri the exact link for Water Blogged is: http://www.preparednesspro.com/blog/water-blogged/

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