The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 1 (TUESDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

A disaster has occurred near the water supply source for your town. All of the water supply has been contaminated and is no longer drinkable or useable for cooking/washing/etc. It is estimated that it will be several days before things are restored to normal. For today’s tasks, assume it is the end of the third day of having no water.


Today’s Tasks:

  • Go and shut off the main water supply to your house immediately (view tutorial)
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today
  • Cook all of your meals with only the water you have in storage
  • Locate the nearest source of fresh water to your home
  • Print out some resources on alternate water sources and water purification in case the contamination is prolonged.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You can’t use a water purifier for your tap water, the contamination is too bad.
  • Remember that this is the third day without water and account for that when you consider how much you have stored.
  • Also remember … toilets require water to “flush”.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go to the nearest source of fresh water and fill up several water containers.
  • Purify that water with either a water purifier or an alternate purification method.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.
How long would you have lasted under these conditions?


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.


  • Another way to reuse water if you have a sump pump. Not for drinking but bail it out in buckets and fill your washing machine to do laundry. Was a good use when we had power outage. Of course had to wait for power to be restored to use the washer. also, use it to flush your toliet. At least if you have to get rid of the water during a power outage– let it work for you..

  • Heyyou63plus2

    have 6 55gal drums with stored water so water was not a problem.  Lined toilet with white garbage bag and later disposed of it in ceptic tank !  Had no problems today.  Also have a springs near by so that could be source of water if needed.  Everyone will sponge bath today.   Feel secure in the water dept.

    • Heyyou63plus2

      We also used up left overs in the fridg. for meals and had cereal for breakfast to help use the milk up.  All is well.

  • J – newbie

    This scenario is much more REAL these days than,say, a decade ago. I don’t have statistics, but I do hear news reports of “don’t drink” and/or “boil before use” orders often enough that I [almost] don’t notice them anymore. That’s a bad attitude, I know … from now on, I’ll use such a report as more incentive to get prepared!!!

    Your web site is awesome, and the Challenges are beyond excellent!

  • Jayann22

    Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but we store wash water in our empty laundry soap containers. As we empty them we fill with water and I put a small amount of bleach then store. Great for washing with in an emergency.

    • Carpenterclan4

      Great idea. I never would have thought of that;but will start! Thanks!

    • Heyyou63plus2

      This is a great idea and one that I will add to my storage !  Thanks

  • Jayann22

    Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but we store wash water in our empty laundry soap containers. As we empty them we fill with water and I put a small amount of bleach then store. Great for washing with in an emergency.

  • Eldersoc

    Thank you for that comment! I can’t believe I never thought of that. We actually had this really happen to us shortly after moving to the town we currently live in. Thankfully we barely got to an out of town store and home again with a lot of water bottles hours before the road washed completely away leaving us with no drinkable water or ways to get it! This is still the worst thing as far as what I’m prepared for. I just don’t know how to store it without all the space issues. I had a lot of it leak all over our shed and caused some mold issues. So I really love hearing other ideas that I can do. Thanks!

  • great idea!

  • Kingscastle

    This will really get you to thinking …..if it had already been 3 days then it would be getting rough!
    One way to store extra water is in canning jars.
    Why store empty ones…fill with water and then you can use that water to put in your canner or in an emerg. you have it for other needs. Does not take up anymore space whether the jars are empty or full of water!

    • great idea!

    • Eldersoc

      Thank you for that comment! I can’t believe I never thought of that. We actually had this really happen to us shortly after moving to the town we currently live in. Thankfully we barely got to an out of town store and home again with a lot of water bottles hours before the road washed completely away leaving us with no drinkable water or ways to get it! This is still the worst thing as far as what I’m prepared for. I just don’t know how to store it without all the space issues. I had a lot of it leak all over our shed and caused some mold issues. So I really love hearing other ideas that I can do. Thanks!

      • Heyyou63plus2

        Eldersoc,—-  We have purchased several large blue plastic 55 gal. drums that at one time contained food syrups of one kid or another.  Bought 6 the first time and washed them out with dish soap and the hose till they were good and clean and placed them under our car-port in a neat line and where they would be easy to get at then filled them with water and then added 5 teasp. of plain clorine bleech in each one and closed them up!   After a year we checked them to see how well they did and they were fine.  Just to be on the safe side I empied them and refilled them over again along with the bleach and they are doing just fine.  Have had them for at least 5 or 6 years now.   The more you can keep them out of the sun the longer they will last.  My son has his beside the house and put a tarp over them to shade them from the sun and they too are doing just fine.

      • Heyyou63plus2

        One more thing.  I bought an inexpensive hand pump to get the water out of the barrels when we need it.  I got mine from Emergency Essentials.

    • Heyyou63plus2

      I have been doing this for years and it is a good idea.  I have used this during hurricanes.

  • Kingscastle

    This will really get you to thinking …..if it had already been 3 days then it would be getting rough!
    One way to store extra water is in canning jars.
    Why store empty ones…fill with water and then you can use that water to put in your canner or in an emerg. you have it for other needs. Does not take up anymore space whether the jars are empty or full of water!

  • Love4meninuniform

    Living on an Island, being on a well and septic, having power outages and such great stuff, so this is easy….
    I am on a well-now just in case I can’t use it, I would have 5 more sources, from top of my head,
    water storage- 2 55gal water grad barrels, 2 35gal (clorine-use for the well) barrels, could be use for drinking, after boiling, 6 cases of bottled water, numerous milk jugs for flushing….or washing, 1 rain barrel(wishing for 2 more)……
    washing(body)- I use the sqaure pan, that you get at he ER…which is ready with all the needed iems for cleaning, filled…
    was lucky fr lunch and dinner- lunch were wraps, and dinner was the night before left-overs made into a cassaroll…..
    no shopping needed to be done….going out to dinner is rare,
    I did had to leave the house because, I had a medical appt…other than that I am with you all on that challenge ….
    BTW…love the first challenge and found some holes in my storage
    thank you for doing that again

  • Love4meninuniform

    Living on an Island, being on a well and septic, having power outages and such great stuff, so this is easy….
    I am on a well-now just in case I can’t use it, I would have 5 more sources, from top of my head,
    water storage- 2 55gal water grad barrels, 2 35gal (clorine-use for the well) barrels, could be use for drinking, after boiling, 6 cases of bottled water, numerous milk jugs for flushing….or washing, 1 rain barrel(wishing for 2 more)……
    washing(body)- I use the sqaure pan, that you get at he ER…which is ready with all the needed iems for cleaning, filled…
    was lucky fr lunch and dinner- lunch were wraps, and dinner was the night before left-overs made into a cassaroll…..
    no shopping needed to be done….going out to dinner is rare,
    I did had to leave the house because, I had a medical appt…other than that I am with you all on that challenge ….
    BTW…love the first challenge and found some holes in my storage
    thank you for doing that again

  • Love4meninuniform

    Living on an Island, being on a well and septic, having power outages and such great stuff, so this is easy….
    I am on a well-now just in case I can’t use it, I would have 5 more sources, from top of my head,
    water storage- 2 55gal water grad barrels, 2 35gal (clorine-use for the well) barrels, could be use for drinking, after boiling, 6 cases of bottled water, numerous milk jugs for flushing….or washing, 1 rain barrel(wishing for 2 more)……
    washing(body)- I use the sqaure pan, that you get at he ER…which is ready with all the needed iems for cleaning, filled…
    was lucky fr lunch and dinner- lunch were wraps, and dinner was the night before left-overs made into a cassaroll…..
    no shopping needed to be done….going out to dinner is rare,
    I did had to leave the house because, I had a medical appt…other than that I am with you all on that challenge ….
    BTW…love the first challenge and found some holes in my storage
    thank you for doing that again

  • lianne

    Well this was remarkably easy as I had over 100litres of water stored in various places around the house. We averaged 3 litres per person with an additional 1- 1 1/2 litres each for either a solar shower or my bottle shower.
    Had I not had water stored I would have hooked up my bycycle trailer and cycled down to the river (around 4 1/2 kms away) and used my larger containers to collect….I can make a basic carbon filter and of course I would have boiled the water for around 5 mins.

  • lianne

    Well this was remarkably easy as I had over 100litres of water stored in various places around the house. We averaged 3 litres per person with an additional 1- 1 1/2 litres each for either a solar shower or my bottle shower.
    Had I not had water stored I would have hooked up my bycycle trailer and cycled down to the river (around 4 1/2 kms away) and used my larger containers to collect….I can make a basic carbon filter and of course I would have boiled the water for around 5 mins.

  • Patty

    Yes, you could use them for “bathing”. It would be good to try them ahead of time to see if they are irritating for your skin – not because I think they will be after a few days, but because some wipes affect some people differently. (When my oldest was in a diaper every brand of wipes except Walmart would make him bleed. Others have had problems with the Walmart ones.)

    No, you couldn’t wash your hair with them, but using the wipes would safe water to wash your hair and do other things.

  • Tuxgirl

    Not actually doing the challenges this year, but I am thinking about them… I was curious about something on this one, though. We have a few boxes of baby wipes as part of our storage. Could those be used to bathe with? I was wondering first if they would get you clean enough, and second, whether the soaps would start to irritate your skin after a couple days without rinsing.

    The one major problem with this plan is that I don’t think it would clean hair.

    • Patty

      Yes, you could use them for “bathing”. It would be good to try them ahead of time to see if they are irritating for your skin – not because I think they will be after a few days, but because some wipes affect some people differently. (When my oldest was in a diaper every brand of wipes except Walmart would make him bleed. Others have had problems with the Walmart ones.)

      No, you couldn’t wash your hair with them, but using the wipes would safe water to wash your hair and do other things.

  • Tuxgirl

    Not actually doing the challenges this year, but I am thinking about them… I was curious about something on this one, though. We have a few boxes of baby wipes as part of our storage. Could those be used to bathe with? I was wondering first if they would get you clean enough, and second, whether the soaps would start to irritate your skin after a couple days without rinsing.

    The one major problem with this plan is that I don’t think it would clean hair.

  • Stephen & Karen

    We have learned a bunch since last year. We have 200 gallons of water stored in barrels outside and 30 gallons of drinking water inside. The water here in Lawton Okla is tastes really nasty and we buy water for drinking and cooking. For toilets, we have a porta potty. We have access to a water well, about 30 miles from here that may be a drawback but….

  • Stephen & Karen

    We have learned a bunch since last year. We have 200 gallons of water stored in barrels outside and 30 gallons of drinking water inside. The water here in Lawton Okla is tastes really nasty and we buy water for drinking and cooking. For toilets, we have a porta potty. We have access to a water well, about 30 miles from here that may be a drawback but….

  • AnnMarie

    How do we enter the daily giveaways?

  • AnnMarie

    How do we enter the daily giveaways?

  • Had a blast doing this with the family — thanks for showing us the holes in our plan!

    Did the report card but would love it – if it was black printing friendly (especially since I’m scanning it to show on my blog!).

  • Had a blast doing this with the family — thanks for showing us the holes in our plan!

    Did the report card but would love it – if it was black printing friendly (especially since I’m scanning it to show on my blog!).

  • TK

    Stored water plenty plus for todays challenge. Whew! Just got that in place last month. My wash water could be boosted more than we had, just for comfort of mind and longer term laundry issues.

    Evening kettle spit baths, simple meals, and disposable plates made for easy cleanup. Several water sources well within walking distance for us. On the small side Seychelle water bottles made for easy collection and purification. The purchase of larger portables is on our to-do list.

    Hope we do as well in tomorrows challenge!

  • Rachelle

    I had twenty-seven cases of water, juice bottles, and my pool. I used my mop bucket and pool water to flush toilets. The toilets took a lot more water that I had expected. I have a 55 gal. drum in the garage, but have not filled it up. The drum would have been nice to do dishes with to avoid using my safe drinking water. We had canned chili for dinner and canned fruit for a snack.

  • Rachelle

    I had twenty-seven cases of water, juice bottles, and my pool. I used my mop bucket and pool water to flush toilets. The toilets took a lot more water that I had expected. I have a 55 gal. drum in the garage, but have not filled it up. The drum would have been nice to do dishes with to avoid using my safe drinking water. We had canned chili for dinner and canned fruit for a snack.

  • Lynne

    Living in the dessert I think a lot about water. We had a preparedness fair at out church on Saturday and we had a water expert come and talk. I will say his comments helped me a lot with this challenge.
    WE have a swimming pool and two 55 gallon drums of water for our secondary water storage. This is good for flushing the toilet, bathing, washing clothes doing dishes and other things of this nature.
    We use the water from the 55 gallons barrels for drinking after all of our bottled water in the house is gone. We might need to purify it. We didn’t need to get into it at this time but is is good to know it is there.
    The swimming pool water is NEVER for drinking, it can cause dysentary so I have lots of other water that I used and continue to use.
    OUr water expert told us that we would be much better off getting water from the canal near our home and purifying it than using the pool water. The canal is the nearest source of clear water near my home. I figured out that I could attach a rope to a bucket and get it out the same as I would a well. PUtting on Swimsuits and taking a bar of soap was the easiest way to take a bath. It was a little chilly as it is now getting into the high 60’s at night. Our expert also told us that the best way to get sediment of any kind out of water is to run it through a coffee filter. (I need to get some of those) This is done before it is purified.
    I loved the comment about the wash tub in a large bucket. I need to look into that. It is something I hadn’t thought of. I do make my own laundry soap so that is not a problem.

  • Lynne

    Living in the dessert I think a lot about water. We had a preparedness fair at out church on Saturday and we had a water expert come and talk. I will say his comments helped me a lot with this challenge.
    WE have a swimming pool and two 55 gallon drums of water for our secondary water storage. This is good for flushing the toilet, bathing, washing clothes doing dishes and other things of this nature.
    We use the water from the 55 gallons barrels for drinking after all of our bottled water in the house is gone. We might need to purify it. We didn’t need to get into it at this time but is is good to know it is there.
    The swimming pool water is NEVER for drinking, it can cause dysentary so I have lots of other water that I used and continue to use.
    OUr water expert told us that we would be much better off getting water from the canal near our home and purifying it than using the pool water. The canal is the nearest source of clear water near my home. I figured out that I could attach a rope to a bucket and get it out the same as I would a well. PUtting on Swimsuits and taking a bar of soap was the easiest way to take a bath. It was a little chilly as it is now getting into the high 60’s at night. Our expert also told us that the best way to get sediment of any kind out of water is to run it through a coffee filter. (I need to get some of those) This is done before it is purified.
    I loved the comment about the wash tub in a large bucket. I need to look into that. It is something I hadn’t thought of. I do make my own laundry soap so that is not a problem.

  • Vmfisher

    I did cheat a bit, because my peaches HAD to be canned today, and that takes a lot of water. If this had been a real situation, I could have dehydrated them, but I don’t care for dehydrated peaches that well. I do have plenty of water stored for drinking, washing, toilet flushing, etc. The hot tub is great for non-food uses. If necessary, there is a creek a block away, and a pond a mile away, which we could utilize with a wagon if the cars weren’t working.

  • Vmfisher

    I did cheat a bit, because my peaches HAD to be canned today, and that takes a lot of water. If this had been a real situation, I could have dehydrated them, but I don’t care for dehydrated peaches that well. I do have plenty of water stored for drinking, washing, toilet flushing, etc. The hot tub is great for non-food uses. If necessary, there is a creek a block away, and a pond a mile away, which we could utilize with a wagon if the cars weren’t working.

  • Melissa

    Wow this was a good challenge. I was so not as ready as I thought I would be. I have many things to still do to get myself together. As long as I make progress things will work for me.

  • Melissa

    Wow this was a good challenge. I was so not as ready as I thought I would be. I have many things to still do to get myself together. As long as I make progress things will work for me.

  • Ldgreen1

    Water was turned off at the main valve. Then off to work, We have 8-10 5 gallon bottles of water at work, so plenty to drink there. Home in the evening, involves cooking dinner no water needed for leftovers. I live in the desert and have 5- 55 gal. containers of water, plus 3-4 dozen water bottles to hand carry out or use for drinking as well. Bath in the evening involves a quick sponge bath in the sink. alternate water in the hot water heater or toilet tanks. No outside resources any where close by. Purification bottles and bleach on hand. Working on getting a portable toilet source, ordered, by not received yet. I think my water resources are ok…..

  • Ldgreen1

    Water was turned off at the main valve. Then off to work, We have 8-10 5 gallon bottles of water at work, so plenty to drink there. Home in the evening, involves cooking dinner no water needed for leftovers. I live in the desert and have 5- 55 gal. containers of water, plus 3-4 dozen water bottles to hand carry out or use for drinking as well. Bath in the evening involves a quick sponge bath in the sink. alternate water in the hot water heater or toilet tanks. No outside resources any where close by. Purification bottles and bleach on hand. Working on getting a portable toilet source, ordered, by not received yet. I think my water resources are ok…..

  • Momschool62626

    Overall everything went well – I DO want to store more water however. And I DO want to either get a handwashing device of some sort (toilet plungers – new one – OR the $5 agitator one I saw advertised SOMEWHERE!!! that can be used with a 5 gallon bucket.

    Reducing the amount of times the john needs flushing and then using the used dishwater for flushing worked quite well.

    I made tuna and noodles for supper – and re-used the water from boiling the noodles.

    Thank goodness this didn’t start yesterday – I had made a LOT of soups yesterday in preparation for work this week and froze that! LOTS of water used yesterday – hence remembering to add an increased amount of water! Plus I packed up some more green beans for freezing (which means blanching! – hence more water useage!) I also noticed I have more beans ready for picking and freezing outside – which I will pick tomorrow and pack away!

  • Momschool62626

    Overall everything went well – I DO want to store more water however. And I DO want to either get a handwashing device of some sort (toilet plungers – new one – OR the $5 agitator one I saw advertised SOMEWHERE!!! that can be used with a 5 gallon bucket.

    Reducing the amount of times the john needs flushing and then using the used dishwater for flushing worked quite well.

    I made tuna and noodles for supper – and re-used the water from boiling the noodles.

    Thank goodness this didn’t start yesterday – I had made a LOT of soups yesterday in preparation for work this week and froze that! LOTS of water used yesterday – hence remembering to add an increased amount of water! Plus I packed up some more green beans for freezing (which means blanching! – hence more water useage!) I also noticed I have more beans ready for picking and freezing outside – which I will pick tomorrow and pack away!

  • Oakl2003

    I couldn’t do the report card. For some reason it doesn’t play nice with my computer. Well water turn off was easy to find. We recently redid our plumbing ourselves so I know that switch well.

    To bath we used a plastic bin and some stored water and did wash cloth bathes, doing my hair was a bit tricky and messy, but hey.

    Food was not so bad. Ceral for breakfast, left overs for lunch and salad (prepackaged) for dinner. Just enough water to drink and a sink with boiled water at the end of the day to wash everything through out. With a little cheating with paper products for plates, bowls etc.

    The natural water was hard for me. I don’t even know where to begin.

    Thanks for the idea of finding one. I really need to get a 55 gallon drum. All our water filled juice bottles would not be enough. Especially with flushing the toliet.

  • Oakl2003

    I couldn’t do the report card. For some reason it doesn’t play nice with my computer. Well water turn off was easy to find. We recently redid our plumbing ourselves so I know that switch well.

    To bath we used a plastic bin and some stored water and did wash cloth bathes, doing my hair was a bit tricky and messy, but hey.

    Food was not so bad. Ceral for breakfast, left overs for lunch and salad (prepackaged) for dinner. Just enough water to drink and a sink with boiled water at the end of the day to wash everything through out. With a little cheating with paper products for plates, bowls etc.

    The natural water was hard for me. I don’t even know where to begin.

    Thanks for the idea of finding one. I really need to get a 55 gallon drum. All our water filled juice bottles would not be enough. Especially with flushing the toliet.

  • Karen

    I’m happy that I did the laundry yesterday, before this started. However, we have planned for that little problem. I have one of the very large yellow mop buckets with the mop wringer/squeezer on the top of it. Our vintage concrete laundry sinks in the basement have a built in, or should I say ” molded in”, washboard. Hand washing, rinsing and then squeezing out in the mop bucket wringer should take care of the laundry chore. I have a Sunline retractable clothesline for outdoor drying and an old reliable wooden drying rack for indoor drying. So, I guess we’re all set. Oh yeah… there’s a river within 2 blocks of the house if the rainwater doesn’t last. It’s the Mississippi, so I think I’ll be in water for awhile!

  • Karen

    I’m happy that I did the laundry yesterday, before this started. However, we have planned for that little problem. I have one of the very large yellow mop buckets with the mop wringer/squeezer on the top of it. Our vintage concrete laundry sinks in the basement have a built in, or should I say ” molded in”, washboard. Hand washing, rinsing and then squeezing out in the mop bucket wringer should take care of the laundry chore. I have a Sunline retractable clothesline for outdoor drying and an old reliable wooden drying rack for indoor drying. So, I guess we’re all set. Oh yeah… there’s a river within 2 blocks of the house if the rainwater doesn’t last. It’s the Mississippi, so I think I’ll be in water for awhile!

  • kdonat

    Th solar shower is filled with stored rainwater and hanging in the sun to warm for showers/hand washing. Paper products for eating. Lots of stored water (100 gal, 50 2Liter, 4 trash can/rain barrels, 3 cases of 1 liter bottles). Plenty of clean clothes, so no laundry. For the advance challenge: next door neighbor has a well with pump (within 10 feet), canal of brackish water runs behind (would have to set up solar distiller) but could also be used to flush commode, and there’s a couple of lakes with in a 2mi. radius. My wagon would handle the hauling of 7gal water cans if unable to use my car. Our Sawyer gravity filter and other treatments would make sure it’s safe to use.

  • kdonat

    Th solar shower is filled with stored rainwater and hanging in the sun to warm for showers/hand washing. Paper products for eating. Lots of stored water (100 gal, 50 2Liter, 4 trash can/rain barrels, 3 cases of 1 liter bottles). Plenty of clean clothes, so no laundry. For the advance challenge: next door neighbor has a well with pump (within 10 feet), canal of brackish water runs behind (would have to set up solar distiller) but could also be used to flush commode, and there’s a couple of lakes with in a 2mi. radius. My wagon would handle the hauling of 7gal water cans if unable to use my car. Our Sawyer gravity filter and other treatments would make sure it’s safe to use.

  • Luv4genealogy

    Was pretty well stocked with drinking/cooking water.
    Note to self: Keep caught up on laundry, get items for water purification other than bleach. Baby wipes are great for shower substitute. Also, in Girls Scouts, we made a “shower” with a gallon milk jug – that could be hung in the bath tub. That might be a good thing. Maybe get a kiddie pool or that hot tub I was looking at at the home show. We have a couple of small ponds and irrigation ditches in the area. If it were later in the year, the ditches would be dry. Need an alternative for the toilet. I didn’t share the littler box with my cat. Nice challenge. I hadn’t done enough thinking about all the water we use and how to get things done without it. Thanks!!

    • J – newbie

      … “I didn’t share the litter box with my cat.” LOL, that gave me a big chuckle :-), but also got me thinking —

      If no extra water for indoor plumbing and no porta-potty on hand, an extra bag of [clumping-type] kitty litter and a pail, lined with plastic bags, actually might be a viable option. Certainly would be more sanitary than some alternatives.

      Cheers

      • J – newbie

        LOL … If I’d read a bit further (next two posts for example) before replying, I would have seen that a number of people already have good alternatives in place!! The mention of using lime was very helpful to remind me to invest in some of that too.

        Cheers

  • Luv4genealogy

    Was pretty well stocked with drinking/cooking water.
    Note to self: Keep caught up on laundry, get items for water purification other than bleach. Baby wipes are great for shower substitute. Also, in Girls Scouts, we made a “shower” with a gallon milk jug – that could be hung in the bath tub. That might be a good thing. Maybe get a kiddie pool or that hot tub I was looking at at the home show. We have a couple of small ponds and irrigation ditches in the area. If it were later in the year, the ditches would be dry. Need an alternative for the toilet. I didn’t share the littler box with my cat. Nice challenge. I hadn’t done enough thinking about all the water we use and how to get things done without it. Thanks!!

  • Cereusy

    Ok, for toileting I would have already set up the bucket toilet. I have enough tossable bags to work beautifully, and can add sand/shredded paper/cat litter/absorb crystals depending on the length of time it needs to be used. A large bag of lime is stored in a plastic bucket in the garden shed if needed.

    Bathing would be handled in the pool in the backyard. A 3″ x 8″ round inflatable pool that is not good for consumption because of young children can be used to bathe them. And after dark, I can bathe if I don’t want to do it in my suit.

    In desperation, the pool could be used for drinking/etc after being treated with a heavy dose of chlorine. But there is also a creek approximately 1 block from my house. I would start with the creek normally, but the drought this year has caused it to dry up. Therefore I would have to travel approximately 10 miles to the nearest outside water source. (If it’s allowable I would refill the 5 gallon containers I have at a friend’s house in another town.) The water would be filtered through cheesecloth/tulle, then through a tshirt. I would then treat with an appropriate amount of bleach. Then I would mix in appropriate amounts of alum (I keep bottles of it on hand for canning), mix vigorously for as long as possible and allow the organics to settle out. Then the top water would be filtered through our Berkey filter for use. From past experience, if you don’t filter out the organics with the alum, the Berkey filters get clogged up and require very frequent cleaning. Actually my understanding is that it will happen to most gravity drip filters.

  • Cereusy

    Ok, for toileting I would have already set up the bucket toilet. I have enough tossable bags to work beautifully, and can add sand/shredded paper/cat litter/absorb crystals depending on the length of time it needs to be used. A large bag of lime is stored in a plastic bucket in the garden shed if needed.

    Bathing would be handled in the pool in the backyard. A 3″ x 8″ round inflatable pool that is not good for consumption because of young children can be used to bathe them. And after dark, I can bathe if I don’t want to do it in my suit.

    In desperation, the pool could be used for drinking/etc after being treated with a heavy dose of chlorine. But there is also a creek approximately 1 block from my house. I would start with the creek normally, but the drought this year has caused it to dry up. Therefore I would have to travel approximately 10 miles to the nearest outside water source. (If it’s allowable I would refill the 5 gallon containers I have at a friend’s house in another town.) The water would be filtered through cheesecloth/tulle, then through a tshirt. I would then treat with an appropriate amount of bleach. Then I would mix in appropriate amounts of alum (I keep bottles of it on hand for canning), mix vigorously for as long as possible and allow the organics to settle out. Then the top water would be filtered through our Berkey filter for use. From past experience, if you don’t filter out the organics with the alum, the Berkey filters get clogged up and require very frequent cleaning. Actually my understanding is that it will happen to most gravity drip filters.

  • Sanderosa

    Now is the time to set up the sawdust toilet, a layer of sawdust and then use, another layer of sawdust and on and on.. a 5 gallon bucket can be used. You can use a bit of lime powdered to stop all odor too.. buckets are sometimes free from your local bakeries.. many great uses including storage of food and water…..tools, clothes, etc. I have 30 gallons of water in the kitchen, and 55 gallons in a barrel outside along with a pond and many aquariums inside the house so water is no problem for fish,cats, dogs or me.. Have pantry of one bedroom with my own little store in it. lots of food ready to use,

  • Sanderosa

    Now is the time to set up the sawdust toilet, a layer of sawdust and then use, another layer of sawdust and on and on.. a 5 gallon bucket can be used. You can use a bit of lime powdered to stop all odor too.. buckets are sometimes free from your local bakeries.. many great uses including storage of food and water…..tools, clothes, etc. I have 30 gallons of water in the kitchen, and 55 gallons in a barrel outside along with a pond and many aquariums inside the house so water is no problem for fish,cats, dogs or me.. Have pantry of one bedroom with my own little store in it. lots of food ready to use,

  • Karen

    Got the email early this morning and hubby shut off the main water supply. We realized that we have plenty of purified water in storage for drinking and cooking. I made a breakfast of french toast, bacon and had coffee. The dishes were done by using a small amount of stored water in one of the two pans that I’d used. I heated it on stove, added soap and scrubbed. I then poured the soapy water from that pan into the second pan and scrubbed until clean. I used a very small stream of water from a 2 liter bottle of stored water to rinse both pans. Since this isn’t an actual long term water contamination problem, I simply put the dirty dishes into the dishwasher to await washing. If it had been a long term problem, I would have used a bucket of rainwater from the rain barrel to wash the dishes. The rain barrel water can also be used to flush the toilets when absolutely necessary. For bathing, rainwater can be filtered to remove any dirt and debris before using. Tonight, I’ll heat a pan of water on the stove and have a sponge bath before bedtime.

  • Karen

    Got the email early this morning and hubby shut off the main water supply. We realized that we have plenty of purified water in storage for drinking and cooking. I made a breakfast of french toast, bacon and had coffee. The dishes were done by using a small amount of stored water in one of the two pans that I’d used. I heated it on stove, added soap and scrubbed. I then poured the soapy water from that pan into the second pan and scrubbed until clean. I used a very small stream of water from a 2 liter bottle of stored water to rinse both pans. Since this isn’t an actual long term water contamination problem, I simply put the dirty dishes into the dishwasher to await washing. If it had been a long term problem, I would have used a bucket of rainwater from the rain barrel to wash the dishes. The rain barrel water can also be used to flush the toilets when absolutely necessary. For bathing, rainwater can be filtered to remove any dirt and debris before using. Tonight, I’ll heat a pan of water on the stove and have a sponge bath before bedtime.

  • Purplepozy The challenge today is only for today but they have 7 challenges for 7 days. But in today’s challenge it says that you have gone without water for 3 days already. So Minus three days of your water storage.

  • Purplepozy The challenge today is only for today but they have 7 challenges for 7 days. But in today’s challenge it says that you have gone without water for 3 days already. So Minus three days of your water storage.

  • Julia

    Hubby told me this morning that the challenge had started. Of course, this was AFTER he had already gotten ready for work. My morning shower gets me going and is one of life’s simple pleasures for me, so I was NOT happy!! In addition, I have a small mountain of laundry to do.

    After a few minutes of grumbling, however, I told the kids and got things started. I told them it was just like being up at the lake when I was a girl — before we got running water and indoor plumbing. As I was leaving I asked them to unload — but not reload — the dishwasher. We had a sizeable stack of dishes this afternoon, so we boiled water and got our hands wet. Fortunately I did most of the important laundry yesterday, so that can wait a few days.

    This challenge made me think a bit. We have water for drinking and cooking, but I hadn’t quite considered all the extra water we would need for bathing, washing dishes, and flushing the toilet. Hubby and I have now talked about putting barrels out to collect rain water as well as ways to increase our other storage.

    Thanks!

  • Julia

    Hubby told me this morning that the challenge had started. Of course, this was AFTER he had already gotten ready for work. My morning shower gets me going and is one of life’s simple pleasures for me, so I was NOT happy!! In addition, I have a small mountain of laundry to do.

    After a few minutes of grumbling, however, I told the kids and got things started. I told them it was just like being up at the lake when I was a girl — before we got running water and indoor plumbing. As I was leaving I asked them to unload — but not reload — the dishwasher. We had a sizeable stack of dishes this afternoon, so we boiled water and got our hands wet. Fortunately I did most of the important laundry yesterday, so that can wait a few days.

    This challenge made me think a bit. We have water for drinking and cooking, but I hadn’t quite considered all the extra water we would need for bathing, washing dishes, and flushing the toilet. Hubby and I have now talked about putting barrels out to collect rain water as well as ways to increase our other storage.

    Thanks!

  • Bobbie

    Just saw this. Already showered and done some dishes this morning. I will from this point on in the day do this challenge. This should be fun. I can already see that I need to get my water in check.

  • Bobbie

    Just saw this. Already showered and done some dishes this morning. I will from this point on in the day do this challenge. This should be fun. I can already see that I need to get my water in check.

  • Purplepozy

    Let me start with my confusion. Reading the posts some sound like this challenge is all week and others sound like it is for a day. Which is it? Thanks.
    Got up turned off the water. Went around and told everyone. They had known it was coming. 16 yr old daughter not too happy about going to shool without washing her hair. 21 yr old son apparently still to sleepy to process information at 7 am; he got up at 930 and couldn’t figure out why nothing was working after having gotten undressed for a shower and then later after soaping up his hands to wash after working on the car. How did he miss the blue water container sitting on the kitchen counter?
    Glad we have water stored, enough to get us by for several weeks. Biggest irony so far it that yesterday we bought a couple 5 gal containers so it would be more portable but then I didn’t fill them up last night so we are trekking it in from the garage which works. It just would have been nice to start the day with some already portable and in the house. Live and learn.

  • Purplepozy

    Let me start with my confusion. Reading the posts some sound like this challenge is all week and others sound like it is for a day. Which is it? Thanks.
    Got up turned off the water. Went around and told everyone. They had known it was coming. 16 yr old daughter not too happy about going to shool without washing her hair. 21 yr old son apparently still to sleepy to process information at 7 am; he got up at 930 and couldn’t figure out why nothing was working after having gotten undressed for a shower and then later after soaping up his hands to wash after working on the car. How did he miss the blue water container sitting on the kitchen counter?
    Glad we have water stored, enough to get us by for several weeks. Biggest irony so far it that yesterday we bought a couple 5 gal containers so it would be more portable but then I didn’t fill them up last night so we are trekking it in from the garage which works. It just would have been nice to start the day with some already portable and in the house. Live and learn.

  • Shotzeedog

    You can use the water in your hot water heater.

  • BC

    opened my 55 gallon drum this morning and there was a nice film floating on the top of the water. It is a new barell and I must not have rinsed it out well enough before filling. We are not going to be drinking it and are bowing out of today’s challenge, but am spending the day using my stored water for laundry and getting clean water set and ready. I had never considered my undone laundry as a preparedness liability. There is a lot of water stored in CLEAN clothes.

  • BC

    opened my 55 gallon drum this morning and there was a nice film floating on the top of the water. It is a new barell and I must not have rinsed it out well enough before filling. We are not going to be drinking it and are bowing out of today’s challenge, but am spending the day using my stored water for laundry and getting clean water set and ready. I had never considered my undone laundry as a preparedness liability. There is a lot of water stored in CLEAN clothes.

  • Aimee

    yay! we’re prepared….but bathing…that’s overrated isn’t it? 🙂 Wet wipey baths?

  • Aimee

    yay! we’re prepared….but bathing…that’s overrated isn’t it? 🙂 Wet wipey baths?

  • Joan

    I’d almost forgotten that to flush the toilet you should use leftover water from such things as washing dishes.

  • Joanstev

    I think finding fresh water is a real problem. We have a lake about 15 miles away. If there were an emergency where you couldn’t get gas and drive your car, it would be too far away for me to walk, particularly carrying water. It is also not level ground going there.

    For a lot of people I don’t know how they’d be able to get water they hadn’t stored at their home.

  • Chris Valarie

    funny this should be the first challenge I just filled the 5th 55 gal drum this past weekend we got from honeyville this month! Thank the lord I have been purchasing one a month this year and showering is gonna be fine we have an above ground pool for that laundry and toilets. called the hubby and told him no water and he said “Oh man what about our garden veggies?” told him small amounts of pool water would be ok mixed with some pond water from our fish pond and we can pick whats ready or almost ready to prevent losing those. kids and gonna think this is great now they can get out of dishes and use paper plates from the storage! Thank goodness we are not far from the local river canyon! Gonna bust out the lil non electric clothes washer so I can limit water usage over this challange hope I have paid enough attention to what ideas ive seen since I started with this site!

  • Chris Valarie

    funny this should be the first challenge I just filled the 5th 55 gal drum this past weekend we got from honeyville this month! Thank the lord I have been purchasing one a month this year and showering is gonna be fine we have an above ground pool for that laundry and toilets. called the hubby and told him no water and he said “Oh man what about our garden veggies?” told him small amounts of pool water would be ok mixed with some pond water from our fish pond and we can pick whats ready or almost ready to prevent losing those. kids and gonna think this is great now they can get out of dishes and use paper plates from the storage! Thank goodness we are not far from the local river canyon! Gonna bust out the lil non electric clothes washer so I can limit water usage over this challange hope I have paid enough attention to what ideas ive seen since I started with this site!

  • Laura M.

    Ok so the cooking with just stored water and fresh water source I live in the land of sounds and lakes and rivers all within a couple minutes of me. The showering with stored water. OOPS didn’t see this until after I had already took mine for the day. We would of took a bath and used stove to heat the water we had stored!!! also i will be able to wash dishes with the water as well.

  • Laura M.

    Ok so the cooking with just stored water and fresh water source I live in the land of sounds and lakes and rivers all within a couple minutes of me. The showering with stored water. OOPS didn’t see this until after I had already took mine for the day. We would of took a bath and used stove to heat the water we had stored!!! also i will be able to wash dishes with the water as well.

  • Krazyship

    I just knew I was going to be in trouble when we cleaned out the water barrels and did not put more water in yet. I also was up late canning and didn’t get everything washed. I know this is how it will happen in real life. Procrastination is not a good thing to do. Hopefully I will be able to handle what comes next.

  • Krazyship

    I just knew I was going to be in trouble when we cleaned out the water barrels and did not put more water in yet. I also was up late canning and didn’t get everything washed. I know this is how it will happen in real life. Procrastination is not a good thing to do. Hopefully I will be able to handle what comes next.

  • Dorothy Sandaker

    I guess maybe I shouldn’t even be commenting here because we are only acturally doing part of the challenge. First off let me say, My hubby and I are both 75 years old and it is in the middle of canning season for us so we are going to use the water we need to get the peaches into jars and saved. But we can see the things we need to work on anyway. If it were a real emergency we would be going out to our tree farm and filling our containers from the natural springs out there. That water is better than the city water anyway. Could also send hubby down to the river here and fill containers for fluching. Got enough drinking and cooking water for the 2 of us for a long time yet. Can take spunge baths and wash a few undies too. So not doing too bad for a couple oldies, wouldn’t you say?

  • Dorothy Sandaker

    I guess maybe I shouldn’t even be commenting here because we are only acturally doing part of the challenge. First off let me say, My hubby and I are both 75 years old and it is in the middle of canning season for us so we are going to use the water we need to get the peaches into jars and saved. But we can see the things we need to work on anyway. If it were a real emergency we would be going out to our tree farm and filling our containers from the natural springs out there. That water is better than the city water anyway. Could also send hubby down to the river here and fill containers for fluching. Got enough drinking and cooking water for the 2 of us for a long time yet. Can take spunge baths and wash a few undies too. So not doing too bad for a couple oldies, wouldn’t you say?

  • Dorothy Sandaker

    I guess maybe I shouldn’t even be commenting here because we are only acturally doing part of the challenge. First off let me say, My hubby and I are both 75 years old and it is in the middle of canning season for us so we are going to use the water we need to get the peaches into jars and saved. But we can see the things we need to work on anyway. If it were a real emergency we would be going out to our tree farm and filling our containers from the natural springs out there. That water is better than the city water anyway. Could also send hubby down to the river here and fill containers for fluching. Got enough drinking and cooking water for the 2 of us for a long time yet. Can take spunge baths and wash a few undies too. So not doing too bad for a couple oldies, wouldn’t you say?

  • Kaytee

    I do have stored water (2 55g barrels, plus water in 1g glass jugs), but as I understood the information on my filter (Berkey), it can “decontaminate” water. (This is the reason we got it) So… I should be able to use the “contaminated” tap water, right?

  • Momschool62626

    think rivers, lakes, streams. Ocean is NOT a good choice (too salty – BUT you CAN distill water from there and use ONLY the distilled water).

  • Diane

    This one was easy for me, I have enough water to last a month

  • Diane

    This one was easy for me, I have enough water to last a month

  • Zpattyjhz

    MaryHelen – if only you lived near me! I have chickens and I would be willing to give you eggs, but you would have to use your own water to wash them!

  • Zpattyjhz

    MaryHelen – if only you lived near me! I have chickens and I would be willing to give you eggs, but you would have to use your own water to wash them!

  • Mamo99

    I checked with my mom and we figured out 3 sources of fresh water. I have enough stored water to last for us and our pets, the toilet however needs some more water storage. Good to find out now instead of a real emergency! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mamo99

    I checked with my mom and we figured out 3 sources of fresh water. I have enough stored water to last for us and our pets, the toilet however needs some more water storage. Good to find out now instead of a real emergency! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rachelle

    Dead squirrel found in your well this morning.

  • Tracie

    This one is not really an issue for us as we live way out in the country and have our own well. Thank goodness for that.

    • Rachelle

      Dead squirrel found in your well this morning.

    • Momschool62626

      Considering everything – and yes, I’ve had a well as well as a cistern. You CAN find dead squirrels, snakes, and especially frogs and fish in there!

      I’ve also had my water source come from an acre sized pond which had a filter and which was irradiated and otherwise chemically treated.

      And the filters on the intake valve vanished – and we had dead fish come through! Euwwwww!!!! Basically you try to NOT think about it – and boil everything in sight!

  • Tracie

    This one is not really an issue for us as we live way out in the country and have our own well. Thank goodness for that.

  • ldr122

    Well I had signed up to particpate in the challenge, but considering my husband just had emergency surgery, b/c his colon burst…so I am not even going to try…but I do have a river running through my front yard, so the fresh water is taken care of, for washing & toilets…I also have about 15 gallon jugs of water storage, that we could use…I only have 3 cases of drinking water stored…I will definitely have to add to that…I will try my best to do what I can to go along with the challenge this week, but not making any promises due to the hubby’s situation.

  • ldr122

    Well I had signed up to particpate in the challenge, but considering my husband just had emergency surgery, b/c his colon burst…so I am not even going to try…but I do have a river running through my front yard, so the fresh water is taken care of, for washing & toilets…I also have about 15 gallon jugs of water storage, that we could use…I only have 3 cases of drinking water stored…I will definitely have to add to that…I will try my best to do what I can to go along with the challenge this week, but not making any promises due to the hubby’s situation.

  • Heather Richins

    I honestly do not know how I am going to do this. I only have 72 hours worth of drinking water. I don’t think I have enough to wash with. At least I know what to work on now.

  • Heather Richins

    I honestly do not know how I am going to do this. I only have 72 hours worth of drinking water. I don’t think I have enough to wash with. At least I know what to work on now.

  • I have no idea how to find where fresh water sources are. Anyone have any tips?

    • Momschool62626

      think rivers, lakes, streams. Ocean is NOT a good choice (too salty – BUT you CAN distill water from there and use ONLY the distilled water).

      • Joanstev

        I think finding fresh water is a real problem. We have a lake about 15 miles away. If there were an emergency where you couldn’t get gas and drive your car, it would be too far away for me to walk, particularly carrying water. It is also not level ground going there.

        For a lot of people I don’t know how they’d be able to get water they hadn’t stored at their home.

    • Shotzeedog

      You can use the water in your hot water heater.

  • I have no idea how to find where fresh water sources are. Anyone have any tips?

  • I am so glad that we have 4 55 gallon barrels saved of water. 🙂 (We have only TWO, really, but two more to be filled once this is over). We also have a couple natural water supplies up in the mountains, so that is good. We are going to go up and get some this morning because our water is running low with only the 2… we have almost gone through a full one already!! Also, we have tons of stored water in water jugs in order to flush the toilet, and if one person goes, ALL people will go. NO toilet paper in the toilet, it all goes into the garbage. Maybe next year I will be able to purchase a diaper genie or something of that nature to keep the stinky stuff not stinking much. 🙂 We had granola and pudding for breakfast. I will keep you informed on lunch.

  • I am so glad that we have 4 55 gallon barrels saved of water. 🙂 (We have only TWO, really, but two more to be filled once this is over). We also have a couple natural water supplies up in the mountains, so that is good. We are going to go up and get some this morning because our water is running low with only the 2… we have almost gone through a full one already!! Also, we have tons of stored water in water jugs in order to flush the toilet, and if one person goes, ALL people will go. NO toilet paper in the toilet, it all goes into the garbage. Maybe next year I will be able to purchase a diaper genie or something of that nature to keep the stinky stuff not stinking much. 🙂 We had granola and pudding for breakfast. I will keep you informed on lunch.

  • Sherrylynn3

    I am already thinking how to get the chores done and garden watered today, oh, and my hair washed!! Can’t wait to get started.
    P.S. I knew the challange would start when we had company coming this week end!!

  • Sherrylynn3

    I am already thinking how to get the chores done and garden watered today, oh, and my hair washed!! Can’t wait to get started.
    P.S. I knew the challange would start when we had company coming this week end!!

  • Sherrylynn3

    I am already thinking how to get the chores done and garden watered today, oh, and my hair washed!! Can’t wait to get started.
    P.S. I knew the challange would start when we had company coming this week end!!

  • Sherrylynn3

    I am already thinking how to get the chores done and garden watered today, oh, and my hair washed!! Can’t wait to get started.
    P.S. I knew the challange would start when we had company coming this week end!!

  • Sherrylynn3

    I am already thinking how to get the chores done and garden watered today, oh, and my hair washed!! Can’t wait to get started.
    P.S. I knew the challange would start when we had company coming this week end!!

  • Momschool62626

    actually – a lot of this I’ve gone through several times – and so have a lot of other folks. Pretty much on a yearly basis (at least for a while) when I lived in IL – 2 small towns (sometimes more) would have a boil water order frequently for over a week. Here in MA – my city and several neighboring cities have also had boil water orders – for several days at least. Not fun.

    That being said – I guess I am going to be doing quite a bit of boiling here! That and making sure my washing up dishwater is in a tub small enough to carry into the bathroom and pour into the john to flush the poor thing!

    And yes – today IS laundry day here as well. I guess I will be washing by hand only what I ABSOLUTELY MUST have! and hanging it all to dry!

    • Joan

      I’d almost forgotten that to flush the toilet you should use leftover water from such things as washing dishes.

  • Momschool62626

    actually – a lot of this I’ve gone through several times – and so have a lot of other folks. Pretty much on a yearly basis (at least for a while) when I lived in IL – 2 small towns (sometimes more) would have a boil water order frequently for over a week. Here in MA – my city and several neighboring cities have also had boil water orders – for several days at least. Not fun.

    That being said – I guess I am going to be doing quite a bit of boiling here! That and making sure my washing up dishwater is in a tub small enough to carry into the bathroom and pour into the john to flush the poor thing!

    And yes – today IS laundry day here as well. I guess I will be washing by hand only what I ABSOLUTELY MUST have! and hanging it all to dry!

  • Grahamgang

    I guess I will be bathing in our pool or the river this week. I need to go find that natural spring a friend has been telling me about. thanks great challenge already.

    • J – newbie

      I don’t mean to be rude, but sure hope you won’t bath IN the river!
      It gives me a picture of some poor soul downstream, not being aware of your use, taking up the same water to drink … and perhaps not being equipped (or even aware of the need) to filter it beforehand. 🙂

  • Grahamgang

    I guess I will be bathing in our pool or the river this week. I need to go find that natural spring a friend has been telling me about. thanks great challenge already.

  • Momservingchrist

    This is a great challenge.
    We live on a well, so I have become a bit ‘complacent’!
    This challenge has shown me that I need to hook up my rain barrels and get them filled, Store more water in the basement for drinking and cooking, and find a close secondary water supply! Thanks for making me think!!

  • Momservingchrist

    This is a great challenge.
    We live on a well, so I have become a bit ‘complacent’!
    This challenge has shown me that I need to hook up my rain barrels and get them filled, Store more water in the basement for drinking and cooking, and find a close secondary water supply! Thanks for making me think!!

  • Wow, I already know I’m going to learn a lot this week! We have drinking water and water in laundry bottles for clothes (would this be okay for washing the body?) but aside from that. I don’t know how to get around no working toilets…..
    What a fantastic idea and resources you’ve shared. Thank you and God bless 🙂

    • Heyyou63plus2

      Alicia Peckham,   There are several things I know of you can do !    They are, purchase a porta potty, turn the water off to the toilet and then drain all the water out by flushing it; then lift the toilet seat and line the bowl with a white kitchen garbage bag, replace the seat and use as usual as many times as possible, then you can either dig a hole outside and dump it in the hole or just burry it.  You can also use the same idea only put kitty litter in the bottom then use and add a little more liter until it needs to be removed and then burry it.  You can also use a 5 gal. bucket and there are toilet seats you can purchase to put on them and use it as a toilet.   There is also a product out that you can buy and store till needed that is a type of garbage bag to use as previoulsy said and then there is a small bag of chemical to place inside that neutralizes the contents of the bag.   I have no idea how expensive it is but it sounds like a good thing to me !    Just some suggestions to consider !

  • Wow, I already know I’m going to learn a lot this week! We have drinking water and water in laundry bottles for clothes (would this be okay for washing the body?) but aside from that. I don’t know how to get around no working toilets…..
    What a fantastic idea and resources you’ve shared. Thank you and God bless 🙂

  • Barbara

    Aack! Today is laundry day and I need a shower! LOL! But we do have plenty of drinking & washing water on hand, so that’s a plus. I guess I’ll take a good sponge bath and worry about the laundry another day.

  • Barbara

    Aack! Today is laundry day and I need a shower! LOL! But we do have plenty of drinking & washing water on hand, so that’s a plus. I guess I’ll take a good sponge bath and worry about the laundry another day.

  • Beachy1mom

    Alright!! We are so ready for this challenge. Just yesterday, Safeway had cases of bottled water for $2.29!! We’ve been storing gallons of water in space under the stairs. As soon as I got today’s email, I went to count. We actually have 75 store-bought & sealed gallons & 50 reused gallon juice bottles (cleaned & filled with water). With the 25 cases of bottled drinking water (the 16 oz size) stored in closets throughout the house, and the fact that I listened to the still small voice that told me to shower last night, we are so ready for today!! Whoop whoop whoop Bring it on! Loved last years challenge & learned tons!! This year, we are confident in our 3 month supplies – even for the pets!! (and the toilets) Love you guys. You should be on HGTV!!

  • Beachy1mom

    Alright!! We are so ready for this challenge. Just yesterday, Safeway had cases of bottled water for $2.29!! We’ve been storing gallons of water in space under the stairs. As soon as I got today’s email, I went to count. We actually have 75 store-bought & sealed gallons & 50 reused gallon juice bottles (cleaned & filled with water). With the 25 cases of bottled drinking water (the 16 oz size) stored in closets throughout the house, and the fact that I listened to the still small voice that told me to shower last night, we are so ready for today!! Whoop whoop whoop Bring it on! Loved last years challenge & learned tons!! This year, we are confident in our 3 month supplies – even for the pets!! (and the toilets) Love you guys. You should be on HGTV!!

  • Jennifer

    good challenge – I went to the store 4 days ago and restocked my bottled water so I still have 1 case of liters, and 2 large 1.5 left – I haven’t gotten my purifier tho – but, I work at a hospital and in ANY kind of disaster am required to go in – my badge gets me through police lines – my hospital also purifies it’s own water in a disaster so I’m good there. Being single helps, I don’t have to stock for others (though I usually do)- so I can’t spend money, guess the purifier will have to wait until tomorrow! Jenn

  • Jennifer

    good challenge – I went to the store 4 days ago and restocked my bottled water so I still have 1 case of liters, and 2 large 1.5 left – I haven’t gotten my purifier tho – but, I work at a hospital and in ANY kind of disaster am required to go in – my badge gets me through police lines – my hospital also purifies it’s own water in a disaster so I’m good there. Being single helps, I don’t have to stock for others (though I usually do)- so I can’t spend money, guess the purifier will have to wait until tomorrow! Jenn

  • Nicole R

    We’ve got water purification tablets – which I don’t know how to use, however. We’ve also got a new Berkey, still in box – I should probably rread instructions, though. Even with no cheating, this being day 3, we’d have 9 gallons left in the house. I’m surprised, did not have a focus for water as such. We could use a rain barrel, more stored water, and a washtub (more comfortable than bathing in the creek, or the pool.

  • Nicole R

    We’ve got water purification tablets – which I don’t know how to use, however. We’ve also got a new Berkey, still in box – I should probably rread instructions, though. Even with no cheating, this being day 3, we’d have 9 gallons left in the house. I’m surprised, did not have a focus for water as such. We could use a rain barrel, more stored water, and a washtub (more comfortable than bathing in the creek, or the pool.

  • Allison K

    Well its a good thing I had recently set up two or three jugs that hold 4L each in the bathroom …. I have bleach under the kitchen sink so can purify water that way or boil it in my kettle!! Bathing, will do a sponge bath to get worst off ….

  • Allison K

    Well its a good thing I had recently set up two or three jugs that hold 4L each in the bathroom …. I have bleach under the kitchen sink so can purify water that way or boil it in my kettle!! Bathing, will do a sponge bath to get worst off ….

  • Erinblack

    This is timely for me as we are on tank water and we are almost out. Was planning to buy more this week. Hopefully the rain will continue for the rest of the week.

  • Erinblack

    This is timely for me as we are on tank water and we are almost out. Was planning to buy more this week. Hopefully the rain will continue for the rest of the week.

  • Good thing I did all my laundry yesterday! But I’m going to need eggs soon. :o/

  • Good thing I did all my laundry yesterday! But I’m going to need eggs soon. :o/

  • We already experienced this one last week when the water line burst! Time for round 2!

  • We already experienced this one last week when the water line burst! Time for round 2!

  • ILinch4U

    You are going to be brutal with this one aren’t you? I get it, but gee, what timing. Then again, when is a good time?

  • ILinch4U

    You are going to be brutal with this one aren’t you? I get it, but gee, what timing. Then again, when is a good time?