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Importance of Water Storage
Remember August 14th, 2003? I do. In fact, I doubt I will ever forget it. My husband and I were living near Detroit then, and we lost power for almost a week. Detroit Edison was always slow to restore power back then, so as soon as we knew the extent of the problem we, and everybody else, knew it wasn't going to be an outage measured in hours, but in days.
The Detroit water system, which services the area of Southeast Michigan from Flint to Ypsilanti, shut down. We were two of the lucky people, because we had stored drinking water. “No problem,” you say. “Just run out to the store and get some when something happens. No need to store it.” I beg to differ. Within 24 hours all the water was gone from the store shelves. Within 48 hours all the gas stations were out of gasoline. If you were there, you were stuck with what you had on hand.
2 weeks ago we had a water main break near our home. First the water was contaminated and needed to be boiled before drinking. It was discolored and smelled funky. Then the water was shut off entirely for a day while they made the repair on the water main. We continued our daily life, unaffected, because we had water stored. We were even able to offer water to our neighbors who had no water.
We didn't need to use our stored food for either of these events. How much greater our need for stored water would have been if we had needed to use our dehydrated or freeze-dried food! I cannot imagine the emotions one would feel if they had rows and rows of food they were unable to consume due to a lack of water. In survival training, the military teaches that the amount of food you allow yourself to consume is limited by the amount of water available to drink.
You cannot eat and not drink. I strongly recommend you have water on hand at your house.