This is a discussion on Where to find water in a city during an emergency. within the Urban and Rural Survival forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Aside from obtaining water in stores and such where it would probably be crowded, I only would have enough water to last a day, when ...
Aside from obtaining water in stores and such where it would probably be crowded, I only would have enough water to last a day, when generally get home situations can span three days. My question is, because I live in a dense urban sprawl, where can I find water to refill my pack in an emergency situation, such as a power outage or a more extreme alternative (hurricanes don't count obviously). This isn't the wilderness, I am trying to get hydrated in the city.
You can get water from a hot water tank, use wisely, same goes for a toilet tank if you are wise enough to not dump it in a flush.
They have a drain on the bottom of the heater that you can gravity drain it.
At the point you need that there will be no running water anyways.
If you have a hard time getting it getting it out open the pressure relief valve on top to break the vacuum.
You may have to filter out some solids that build up at the bottom of the tank, they won't hurt you just nasty to look at.
Flushing a water heater is a good idea once a year. Screwed if a tankless type.
If this is a concern, why not put back a dozen gallons of warter to be safe???
I have town water, a well, a river behind me and a lake out front,
but I still have about 25 gallons of Wally World distilled water jugs put away in unused closet and cabinet space and more in my shop.
Last edited by SOCOM42; 11-21-2020 at 07:36 PM.
That which doesn't kill me had better start running.
Urban landscape means lots of commercial buildings with a lot of water in the pipes. A '4-way' or 'sillcock' key is in order.
I think most cities have numerous parks with lakes and ponds. Also there are normally several municipal golf courses, each with several water features. I prefer the Sawyer Mini for water purification but I also have several Lifestraws. Just hunt up your closest pond, river or lake.