We are in the midst of a power outage, here in Virginia; and it will likely be a week before electricity is restored. (Update: we were without power for 11 days!) For us, no power means no water. Couple that with 100 degree weather and you can see where that could quickly become a problem for those who are unprepared.
In these types of emergency situation times, people tend to feel a bit panicky and there’s always a mad rush for bottled waters. While I do use them sometimes, I’m not much of a fan of plastic water bottles. We refreeze water in them to keep the bunnies cool in the heat, but most of the time, they end up getting only one use.
Today, I thought I’d share my method of canning water for emergency situations. It’s an easy way to accumulate sterile storage water without using plastic. I’m not exactly sure where I first read this tip – I want to say (though not 100% positive) from something Jackie Clay wrote. If you don’t know who Jackie Clay is, then click on her name for a link to where she answers canning/food preserving/farming questions. I have been so inspired by her writings and her homesteading ideas. She’s a one-of-a-kind resource that is just amazing!
All you need to do, is every time you can something, whether it is green beans, soup, potatoes, or what-have-you; fill a jar with water and process with the other items per their recommended times. Store these with your other canned goods and when you need a source of clean sterilized drinking water, just reach for a jar.
I often will can a small batch of something and have leftover room in the pressure cooker. Using jars of water like this, also keeps the food-filled jars from toppling over into the empty spaces.
Now that our power is out, I find myself reaching for a can of water when we need to brush our teeth or need sterile water to wash off a cut or scratch. I see now that I did not make enough for a situation like this and plan to remedy that this year!
I hope everyone is staying cool in this heat! (Or staying warm for my friends in the midst of winter right now.) Also, remember the birds and wild animals with little bowls of water and filled birdbaths! :)