Water Use: This is Your Brain on Water
What can we say about using water that you don’t already know? I am not sure of that, but let’s try. Water for your health, as in keeping you alive, is the obvious and first requirement you have for water. Water use during an emergency is mostly that. Now, this is your brain on water.
Uses of Water
As stated before this is the number one priority for water. Experts love to quote about a gallon per day though. Lack of drinking water leads to dehydration which in turn can cause unclear thinking, mood changes, cause your body to overheat, constipation, and kidney stones. Who wants that? Drink up, people!
Food Preparation and Cooking
You somehow can and do harvest a squirrel and want to make that meal spread out for 4 people, stew it, by adding some wild garlic, some acorn meal, and … yes you guessed it water.
You’ll want to shower, or bath. You know keep clean and keep away diseases, and also just feel ‘normal’. For an emergency you may also want to keep different soaps than usual, the infrastructure that can handle current gray water may not be there, or you may have to improvise a gray water system. Keep that in mind.
State of water availability and pollution
Keep an eye on water quality reports for your state, city, or town. The watersheds where your water comes from as well. Buy water testing kits and use them yourself. This information can help you figure out parts of your plan, such as buying water to store or using tap water.
You know how you use water and how much of it. Plan emergency changes accordingly, remember you may not have all the water you need for your plans. So, change them again, and again, until you have a workable plan. Don’t get caught in the middle of an emergency without a ‘water plan’.