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Similar situations have been posted by others before, but I just thought
I would share my recent experience.

Around noon today the local water district sent out a "boil water" order.
A 54" water line broke and they couldn't be sure that the sudden drop
in pressure hadn't pulled some sort of contamination into the supply lines.
Better safe than sorry, so they issued the announcement. We're under
a boil water order for today and all of tomorrow. (Not complaining about
our local water district. I think they do a great job. This is first time in
decades of living here that I've heard such an announcement.)

Anyway, I pulled one of my stored 2-gallon water containers out of our
supplies. It was getting close to needing to be rotated out anyway, so
no big deal. Happy to have it available though. Sure is easier than boiling
water just to get a safe drink. (Got water filters too. Would just have to
assemble them, if need be.)

Then I just happened to be at Walmart this evening. Figured I would cruise
by the bottled water section and replace my container. I know the point
of the exercise of having preps is to not have to fight with all the unprepared
crowds, but I was mainly curious as to what I would see. I was amazed.
The entire bottled water section was stripped clean! :eek: Walmart was bringing
out supplies of smaller water bottles on pallets, and those were being
snapped up as fast as they could deliver them to the floor. No panic or
fighting in the crowd, but there was a fair amount of hoarding going on as
people were packing their shopping carts to the brim. Needless to
say, I found someplace else to be. I've got several hundred gallons stored.
No sense in throwing myself in the middle of that mess. :D:

Fascinating to see how quickly the supplies ran out. What if there were
a serious emergency going on? I suspect the food shelves would be empty
just as fast.

Boil order should be lifted tomorrow. No big deal. Interesting little hands-on
lesson there though. Feeling pretty good about having my supplies. :thumb:
 

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Yep we went to walmart and price chopper and both were having cases of water taken right off pallets, my 20 cases sitting at home and the two cases in the fridge, and the water filters make me feel happy that this little water issue has no effect on me.
 

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you don't need to boil water, just filter it.

Similar situations have been posted by others before, but I just thought
I would share my recent experience.

Around noon today the local water district sent out a "boil water" order.
A 54" water line broke and they couldn't be sure that the sudden drop
in pressure hadn't pulled some sort of contamination into the supply lines.
Better safe than sorry, so they issued the announcement. We're under
a boil water order for today and all of tomorrow. (Not complaining about
our local water district. I think they do a great job. This is first time in
decades of living here that I've heard such an announcement.)

Anyway, I pulled one of my stored 2-gallon water containers out of our
supplies. It was getting close to needing to be rotated out anyway, so
no big deal. Happy to have it available though. Sure is easier than boiling
water just to get a safe drink. (Got water filters too. Would just have to
assemble them, if need be.)

Then I just happened to be at Walmart this evening. Figured I would cruise
by the bottled water section and replace my container. I know the point
of the exercise of having preps is to not have to fight with all the unprepared
crowds, but I was mainly curious as to what I would see. I was amazed.
The entire bottled water section was stripped clean! :eek: Walmart was bringing
out supplies of smaller water bottles on pallets, and those were being
snapped up as fast as they could deliver them to the floor. No panic or
fighting in the crowd, but there was a fair amount of hoarding going on as
people were packing their shopping carts to the brim. Needless to
say, I found someplace else to be. I've got several hundred gallons stored.
No sense in throwing myself in the middle of that mess. :D:

Fascinating to see how quickly the supplies ran out. What if there were
a serious emergency going on? I suspect the food shelves would be empty
just as fast.

Boil order should be lifted tomorrow. No big deal. Interesting little hands-on
lesson there though. Feeling pretty good about having my supplies. :thumb:
Y'all really need to get a filter and don't wait until you water is deemed unpotable. Be prepared.

btw, we've got a 20% off sale going on now. You won't find a better deal on the web right now. I will challenge anyone who tries....
 

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Our water company usually sends us a letter in the mail a week or two after the incident. The notice tells us we should be boiling water during the time frame specificed which was a week ago.

That is why we only drink bottled water and always have 10 cases or more at the house at any given time. And that is not my Prep water which is stored in 55 gallon drums.
 

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Makes you wonder if the "3 days of food in stores" bantered about is really just 1 day.
It might be 3 days worth. But the problem is that people trying to buy at the last minute before a crisis don't just buy 1 day's worth. They can clean a store out in hours.
 

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It might be 3 days worth. But the problem is that people trying to buy at the last minute before a crisis don't just buy 1 day's worth. They can clean a store out in hours.
Correct, its 3 days at "regular consumption".

Thats not really accurate either though, it depends on the product and the individual supermarket.

Fresh food may be ordered in daily (i know bread is), and they typically aim to sell out of that within the day, low turnover high shelf life things though they probably have 2 weeks or more worth stored.

Panic buying can strip a store of most items as fast as the tellers can process customers :)
 
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