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 Post subject: Water: Misc. Notes
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:26 pm 
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When you are filling containers from your household tap while the water is still SAFE ...If the public water system is chlorinated, it is unnecessary to futher treat water for storage. http://extension.usu.edu/files/foodpubs/fn503.pd
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Fact: Water weighs 8 plus pounds per gallon! 5 gallons of water weighs 40 pounds,
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Figure 1-2 gallons per day per person. If someone is sick with H5 they will be losing fluids from every opening. They'll need extra. Other uses like laundry and showers are in addition to that. Source: Avian Flu Talk -- http://tinyurl.com/yacwv2
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 Post subject: Personal Hygiene Activities Which Require Water
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:09 am 
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Personal Hygiene Activities Which Require Water

How to Find Water and Make It Safe to Drink
Copyright © 1998, 2006 by
Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.

http://www.grandpappy.info/wwater.htm

Personal Hygiene Activities Which Require Water

Bathing

If you are low on water then don't waste it bathing or washing your clothes. I know cleanliness is important but most of us overdo it in the United States. Just wash your hands, face, and feet periodically. Use the two-pot method for bathing. Fill one pot with water and use it as the first rinse after bathing with a sponge or wash cloth. Fill another pot with water and use it as a second rinse. Don't discard the wash water in the first pot until it is too dirty to be used again. Then use the second pot as your first rinse and start a new pot of clean water as your second rinse. (Note: The average person probably won't appreciate the true value of their feet until they are confronted with a difficult situation. Then they will suddenly realize that their long-term survival depends on the condition of their feet.)

Teeth Brushing

Always brush your teeth at least once per day. It doesn't take much water, just a little in a small cup. Only use a little toothpaste each time, and not the amount you normally use. Your toothpaste will last four to six times longer this way, with no compromise in dental hygiene. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing with a small amount of water.

Washing Dishes

Use the three-pot method to wash your eating dishes. Wash your dishes in the first pot of water with dish soap. Rinse the dishes in a second pot. Rinse the dishes again in a third pot. When the dish water in the first pot gets really nasty, discard it. Then put dish soap in the second pot and use it as the initial wash pot. Use the third pot as your first rinse. Add a new pot with clean water as the final rinse. If your sewer is still working properly, you can pour your waste water from the first pot down your toilet stool to flush it.

Hot water, or even warm water, makes it easier to wash your dishes by hand. However, the effort and energy required to heat the water may sometimes exceed the extra manual effort required to simply scrub the dishes a little harder by hand in cold water. That trade-off decision will need to be made by each person based on their own personal circumstances. (Note: Warm water doesn't kill germs. Boiling water kills germs. However, warm water does make grease removal from the dishes much easier. Or you could use enamel coated camping dishes which clean up nicely even in cold water. However, long-term exposure to citric acid will stain the enamel coating on enamel dishes.)

The Common Household Toilet Stool

Flushing the toilet each time you use it is NOT a good idea under hardship conditions. In the country when people occasionally find themselves short on water they follow a very simple rule:

If it is yellow, let it mellow.
If it is brown, flush it down.


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