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Quick Prepper Tip: Hidden H2O

Hidden H2O: Ice Cubes

Quick Prepper Tips from Cheaper Than Dirt!Not only do we need safe drinking water each and every day, but we also need water to cook, clean and help with important tasks, such as flushing toilets and laundry. In an emergency, when you need to find alternative water sources, do you know where to look? Regardless of whether your pipes freeze or there is a power outage, you may want to have some extra water on hand in an emergency. Storing bottled water is a great option, but what do you do if you do not have bottled water on hand? Then what?

Hidden H2O: WaterBob
Use the WaterBOB to store drinking water.

If you have time, fill your tub, sinks and other containers with safe tap water. A collapsible water bladder, such as the WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage 100-gallon bladder, is a viable option; it fits in a standard size tub and easily stores away until you need it.

Hidden H2O: Ice Cubes
When you need water, melt ice cubes.

If you still need to find other sources of H2O around your house, look for it in unusual places. Melted ice from ice trays or even defrosting your freezer is one source. So are canned foods because they often are packed in water. Also you can use water from water heaters, pipes, radiators and water beds for some tasks. Remember the water in the toilet and toilet tank and water from a pool or hot tub.

It is vital to remember that not all water found in or around your home will be safe to drink or use for cooking or bathing. You may have to filter and disinfect water before you can use it safely, even if you just plan to cook or bathe with it.

Do you have a tip for finding hidden water? Share it with us in the comment section.


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Comments (9)

  1. Slow down everyone. There are hazards to many of the suggestions. For example, In the US many house roofs have shingles that are treated with chemicals to prevent algae and moss from growing, these chemicals are in the water from the roof and may not be good to drink. In western Washington state there is much free ground water on the surface but to is apt to be contaminated with chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides
    I think those above who emphasize being prepared are closes to the answer..The suggestion about the ice in the bottom of the freezer has a good point. It will preserve the food for later consumption and provide clean drinking water. However, if you want to get the most out of ice it needs to be moved to the top, just like using dry ice. Cold sinks to the bottom. Do not forget that if the sewers still work undrinkable water can be used to flush toilets. Good ides but only if you prepare ahead of time.

  2. I think the waterbob is the most efficient but the drawback is you have to be expecting an emergency situation to deploy it. Keeping gallons of drinking water is probably the most common and best bet. Washing and cleaning are second to survival. However I think the absolute best item to have is a water filtration device. That way you can utilize outdoor water sources, rainwater and any suspect water in your home. It can be easily stored and only used as a last resort when other clean water sources have been consumed. Of course keeping a backup filter for home or travel would be helpful too.


    I have my drains from the roof flowing all of the rain water into my cisterns. That is what the Mexicans do for fresh water! and have for decades!

    get the Poly ethylene water storage tanks while you can, set them up now and trap that valuable resource. Put a sluff off pipe at the top so the water stays reasonably fresh during the rainy season.

    in the summer I stick a hose in the top and run it on slow over night to keep the water fresh. A little Bleach ( A little now!) in the tank helps control algae and bacteria!

    Prepare now and thank God later that you did it!

    Its coming folks….Its coming.

    Be well! and God Bless

  4. The bottom layer of my chest freezer is lined with gallon jugs of water. Can be used to preserve food until thawed and then consumed.

    1. I have been told it is unsafe to freeze water in plastic containers. If anyone knows what is safe to freeze water in I’d sure appreciate the help

  5. I am putting an old (but usable) hot water heater in line with the regular heater to hopefully take some of the cold out of the water going into the existing heater this will also give me 40 more gallons of potable ! For non potable( toilet flushing etc) I am thinking of collecting rain water . Just need to find a suitable LARGE catch basin

  6. i have an idea for water. its more of a theory. i could be wrong. But ya know when you look at a mirror, or any piece of glass or metal and you put your mouth close to it like you are going to clean it by going “ahhhhh” and your warm breath makes water appear there? i tried once just for the heck of it to fill a small candle glass jar to test out my theory that your breth is acting like a dehumidifier and taking water out of the air in your lungs and the heat causes it to be water vapor. theoretically you can make your own water by doing this. it took me about 30 minutes to get a few ounces of water in this jar. .now this is either water vapor from air or water from your own body i am not sure. thats why its a theory. if its from your own body then you gain nothing and lose water but if its the other way around then this is one heck of a survival trick. slow yes. but if you relax and take your time you can make your own water. kind of like an air conditioner forms condensation. which by the way is a good water trick if you dont have water but have electricity you can drink that water thats dripping from your AC.

    1. You will dehydrate quicker using this method. It would be easier to make a solar still if conditions allow. A pen filter, chemical treatment, or stored supplied are good options. If rescue is imminent you may be better off to risk giaradia or other diesese. Fluid replacement would be one of the first things treated by rescuers most likely. That is unless you have bleeding, hypovolumic shock, or respiratory distress (then most likely they will start a line anyway before the vessels collapse). All in alll the best thing is to prepare. You don’t need to go crazy, just educate yourself and others…Don’t panic. . .ly

  7. In emergencies I’ve drained from my water heater. I hook up a hose to the drain, shut the heater down so as not to burn it out, and you have at least 30-100 gallons of clean water.

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