I watched the water slosh around in the pool this morning after the earthquake, and got to wondering whether this could be a source of potable water in the (god forbid!) event of “The Big One” knocking out our water service for a week or so. We don’t use chlorine to treat the pool water; we use this new stuff called Baquacil that TubaDiva recommended because she uses it in her pool.
I tried to send an email to the Baquacil folks tonight, from their webpage, as I did this past summer. Although the address worked this summer, it does not now, for the mail came back to me undeliverable. So, I am wondering if we have any chemists or such out there who can tell me if there is anything I could do to make those thousands of gallons of water potable. Boil it? Draw small containers of it and leave it in the sun to evaporate chemicals out of it? Would I be better off switching to chlorine, to prepare for such a catastrophe? And if I did switch, what would I have to do to chlorine-treated water to make it potable?
Yes, I generally keep a stash of bottled water on hand, but I’m concerned about what if I run out, or if the situation is worse than what I am prepared for.