- Tuesday - the city issued a statement saying they were having trouble with the water plant keeping up, and asking residents to conserve water.
- Tuesday 3:20pm - the City figures things were under control as the water plant was catching up.
- Wednesday 8:30 am - City was asking residents to conserve water for another 24 hours.
- Wednesday 10:15am - the attitude changes, City is declaring a water emergency as the water plant completely shuts down.
- Wednesday 11:15am - local state of emergency declared due to critical water storage situation. City declares it only has an 8 hour water supply at normal usage.
- Wednesday noon - City asks residents not to hoard water, no dishwashing or clothes washing, only cooking and drinking.
- Wednesday 4pm - Boil water order is issued, City water is no longer drinkable, City's ability to provide fire suppression is at risk.
- Thursday 2pm - Boil water order still in effect
What I find interesting is how quickly the situation deteriorated, and our inability as a general population to navigate the unexpected. I'm sure workers at the City of Lethbridge are doing everything they can to remedy the situation. I'm also aware that money does not grow on trees, so every municipality can't build infinite water storage or treatment facilities, so I am by no means pointing any fingers. Nature happens.
The point to highlight and bold here in this situation is the government cannot predict and prepare for every situation possible - they just can't. We shouldn't expect them to, and frankly I don't want them to. And that's the whole reason why we as preppers exist and why more people should think twice about having some storage. It only took two hours from the time the water plant shut down in Lethbridge until the time the city issued a Do Not Hoard statement. Why? Because every single person was filling their bathtub and the water supply was taking a double hit.
Please take this unfortunate situation as a reminder to yourself, and pass it along to those you care about as well. Get some water storage happening in your home in whatever way you can. Get a big tank, or lots of little ones and FILL THEM UP. This is for all of you who have bought a Super Tanker from us and it's still sitting empty in your garage - fill it up! Then extend your water abilities by getting some filtration/purification. That could be some Lifesaver water bottles, an AquaPail or AquaBrick, or some Aquatabs. Lots of aqua there, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Just do yourself a favor and take this as a hint. Then when the snow melts too fast in your area for the local plant to keep up, you'll be ready.
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