Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Water Emergency In Jackson, Mississippi Worsens

The water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, has gotten so bad, the city temporarily ran out of bottled water to give to residents

Isn't this supposed to be the United States of America?
Shit like this IS NOT supposed to happen. We are better than that.

Well. Apparently not. Jackson Mississippi has not been able to provide centralized water for its inhabitants. Recently they got some pressure back in the line, but the water is discolored. Suitable only for flushing toilets. But the sewer district might throw a shit fit, pun intended, if they keep sending that water to their facility. It's hard enough already to clean the water with just pee and poop, and now with who knows what coming down the sewer water might not get treated properly.

So this brings up a question. If something like this happens to you and your family, what will you do? Wait in line for two hours for a single case of water? 

A single case of Aqua Fina water, produced by Pepsi, is a little over $5 locally. When I was working I used to buy this stuff for making dilutions with. I regularly tested the total dissolved solids when I bought it and generally speaking the tds was around 5ppm. The city water in fresno was usually around 250ppm, so that was a significant drop.

So spend some money, buy 20 cases of bottled water and store them in your house. Use the aqua fina for drinking. Buy a bunch of one gallon jugs of a cheap brand to use for flushing. Or if you have empty one gallon milk jugs, fill those with water and label them flushing water only.

Buy a sawyer water filter or a lifestraw water filter. Keep those in your kitchen drawer and drag them out if you have a situation like this. 

Tornado alley, winter storms, electricity goes out. Whatcha gonna do then? Pee on the floor?


  1. FEMA slow to respond. Biden widely blamed.

    1. Yep. Blame biden. He is the cause of all problems.

    2. Maybe not his fault but democrats in general, that dump has had a democrat mayor for 40+ years.

  2. Rain-water (50 gallon) collection barrels x4, hand-pump shallow well x1, Multi-bucket sediment/carbon pre-filter, big berkey x2 ( including fluoride filters, plus 'many' counter-top 'resin' water-jug filters, shown to reduce heavy-metal and chemical contamination), LifeSaver jerry cans x4. Also sundry MSR, Grayl, Katadyn, Water-to-go, Sawyer, etc. camping filters (and multiple Brown pre-filter bags, Dromedary/Ortlieb bags to store/transport)

    Whatever you have stored, it ain't enough (I admit I do have a 300 gallon tank, and x12 5 gallon jerrycans 'just in case' though). FEMA tells you two quarts per person/per day. If you can get by with less than 3 gallons pp/pd you're a better man than I Gunga (that's what experienced preppers and off-grid livers recommend).

    FYI, I live in an area where if it doesn't rain every day there's panic in the streets. If it was a drought-prone area I'd be digging a pond and/or 5000 gallon tank in. I've experienced (actual real-life desert survival) doing without before, and I'm 'never' doing that again - it's (really!) unpleasant.

    Even an apartment dweller could put 5 gallon water jerry-cans aside and be better off than a case of water. You can stash six or more under a single bed. just sayin'.

    1. Best to keep some form of drinking water available. Never know when the water main will break, as happened to us about a year ago.

    2. Agree, but I'm obviously not being very clear, all the tanks and jerry-cans are full of filtered/chlorinated water (stored ready just in case). Having a couple of bottles too may help, but not much.

  3. I live off grid in Alaska so I go with the outhouse, we have a bucket to pee at night. We have to haul water from the public well so if that goes down for long it would be either rain barrel water or lake water either boiling it for drinking or for really long term setting up the Berkey table top filter.

  4. As far as potable / non drinking water storage goes, maybe a spray can of paint splash on container would make it easier to determine how many of what units are available for use.

    I have a couple of steel hooks screwed into roof soffit for making tarp roof water collection. Just allow tarp to fold to point where run-off is guided to bucket below. Place these hooks where the roof is tallest for quicker water collection.

    If a lot of water need is anticipated, a couple of kiddie pools which can nest together when not used is a good way to have bulk water storage. These pools can be slid under a bed until needed and no rule on the pools not having other items stored in them and easier retrieved. Summer is ending and likely priced to move for fall items..