Many people in several parts of the world face a daily struggle to acquire potable water. For some, the lack of infrastructure means using communal collection points. For others, natural disasters or armed conflict have disrupted water supplies. And for others, the freedom of living off the grid outweighs the inconvenience of not having water at the turn of a handle.
Yet, the challenge of not having immediate access to water is a blessing. Whilst we know that you need to hydrate regularly or you will die, we often fail to see beyond our consumer and instant gratification desires. The lack of water in your taps requires a shift in your thinking.
You need to think out of the box. Attend one of our H.E.A.T. courses and learn how to survive when the taps run dry.
- Realise that no municipality or body corporate can control your right to life. You need to look for ways to become more self-reliant.
- Consider using a variety of containers to collect and store water empty bottles. But, first of all you must sanitise these water containers. To fill a bath tub that is dirty, has a coating of soap film and is exposed to falling debris, will only spoil the stored water and make it unsafe to drink.
- Understand the water flow in your premises. Shut down the incoming water flow until you have a filtration and purification system in place. As the water pressure in the pipes is reduced, the water from your taps could become contaminated.
- Identify water storage units in your home. Toilet cisterns and geysers hold potable water. Car radiators do not.
- Cook using tinned foods. Freeze condoms for re-useble ice cubes.
- Invest in a water filter and purification system.
Carry a water spigot key. Whether you use it or not is a moral decision. But, circumstances might force you to hydrate before you comply.