alternative water sources - pool water reserves

Pool Water Reserves
Alternative water sources - pool water reserves

Consider a pool water reserve? Using an above-ground pool as a reserve of water
in preparation for a catastrophic event is an option many preppers employ.

Collecting rainwater is illegal in many states, but having an above ground pool is
not. That's why preppers in many states across America are choosing to install an
above ground pool strictly for water reserves. The above ground pools on this page
are available year-round on Amazon.

  • In what states is it illegal to collect rainwater? Colorado, Oregon, Utah and
    Washington State currently have all had laws for collecting rainwater. Some
    may have changed the laws. Other states may require a permit, and still other
    states have restrictions by county. It's up to you to check with local laws.
    Start by contacting your county health department to see if collecting
    rainwater is legal in your city. Read more about harvesting rainwater for

How to Safely Store Water in a Pool
While there are other methods for more safely storing water in preparaton for an off
grid scenario, having an above ground pool as a water supply is an inexpensive way
to store massive quantities of water.

Do not ever filter your water with Pool Shock!  Pool Shock will SHOCK your system!
Please don't filter water that way. Get yourself AquaPail 1000 to help filter larger
quantities of water (up to 1000 gallons)!

How to store your water in a pool reserve
If you choose to have a pool reserve, then make sure to keep the following things in

  • Fill the pool using a drinking water hose: Fill your pool with a drinking water
    hose. Ordinary garden hoses contain lead. Look for a hose intended for RV
    hookups that is NSF certified. AquaFRESH is a high pressure drinking water
    hose, pictured left, is an ideal solution to help ensure lead doesn't get into
    your water reserves.

  • Use a water preserver: You'll need to stock lot of water preserver. Water
    Preserver, pictured left, kills the pathogenic organisms responsible for
    typhoid, dysentery and other serious diseases, and also kills and prevents
    growth of yeast, mold, fungi and algae which also make water undrinkable.
    Generally doses are available in the 55 gallon size. Auqamira Water treatment
    drops, right are also very popular on Amazon.

  • Use a pool cover. Keep your water reserve away from mosquitoes, bird
    droppings, pollution and other debris.

  • Don't swim in your water. Unfortunately, many preppers can't help
    themselves and want to use their investment for pleasure and they add
    chlorine to their water. That's a dangerous practice! Pool chemicals should not
    be consumed according to FEMA.While it's true that water from a chemically
    treated pool is the same chlorine that you'll find in your tapwater, there is an
    important difference: proportional safety. There's just enough chlorine in your
    faucet to constantly kill the germs. Whereas chemicals in the pool are 15-95%
    chlorine before they are diluted into the pool at levels intended to disinfect,
    kill bacteria and control algae to make water safe for swimming. Pool chlorine
    contains antimicrobial pesticides! It's a calcium and sodium hypochlorite at
    higher levels than drinking water so that it can keep the pool free from
    contaminents coming from the air and bodies touching the water.

  • Test your water before drinking. First Alert Water tester, lower right hand of
    the page, is an excellent kit.

Read Natural News, "
Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big
Government claims ownership over our water," to learn more about laws restricting
property owners.

Should you use pool chlorine to disinfect your drinking water in an emergency?
No! The chlorine used in swimming pool chemicals are calcium or sodium
hypochlorite, which are "antimicrobial pesticides." In other words, the chemicals are
a "disinfectant"  and indeed it does disinfect the water; however, it boils down to
having an appropriate dosing strategy, and theirein lies the danger! Disease-
causing organisms may lurk at the wrong dosage. It's important to note that neither
sodium hypochlorite nor chlorine will deactivate Giardia Lambia and Cryptosporidium.
What's more, it is a corrosive substance. Too much sodium hypochlorite will burn
body tissue and cause damage to air tracts, stomach and intestines. Perhaps you'll
reconsider this misguided strategy of using pool products for your drinking water.

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