I’m guessing you are one of two groups:
- those who have heard about the water crisis here in Northwest Ohio
- those who are living it
I am the latter, unfortunately.
Luckily, the time frame that the water was first noticed as being contaminated, we were not home so we didn’t have to worry about drinking it. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty details (no pun intended), but algae is making our water toxic. Basically, we were told not to drink it, use it to cook, bathe in it, wash clothing in it, touch it, look at it, or even think about it.
After some testing (which we have not yet heard the results of!) we are hearing reports of being allowed to at least shower in lukewarm water and wash clothes with cold water, but the bacteria will still remain on our skin and clothing. Uh… yuck!
So while everyone was freaking the freak out and buying every bottle of water in town or trying to sell a case for $53, I was trying my best to be logical. Here is what I have come up with to get through this week (or longer) while maintaining some sort of healthy eating normalcy.
Hope this helps!
Make use of dehumidifier
I made sure our bucket was clean and once it was full, I emptied it into a large pot. I boiled the water and separated it into two bowls. One bowl is cool for washing vegetables and the other is for cleaning up Quinn after she eats. Gosh she can be so messy!
Use frozen veggies
I grabbed some bags of steam veggies which is something I tend to stray away from. I wasn’t sure how long this would last, but I know it’s going to be very time consuming and there might be times I need to save some time with washing/prepping/cooking.
Collect rain water
You better believe that I will be putting containers outside to collect rain! It can be boiled and used for baths or dishes.
Use precooked meats
Rather than buying raw chicken that I need a lot of clean up for, I opted for precooked Meijer chicken sausage, Aidell’s meatballs and Applegate lunchmeat and breakfast sausage.
Buy paper and plastic
I made sure to grab some utensils and plates/bowls/cups that can be tossed or recycled. It’s not fun having to wash dishes without running water; soooo time consuming!
The less dishes you have to dirty, the better. Tonight I made a panini but covered by George Foreman with tinfoil so I don’t have to wash it. You can use the foil in a pan on the stove or oven like usual and it can double as your plate or bowl if you need it to.
Sub veggie broth for water
If you must make rice, quinoa, etc just cook it with vegetable broth instead of using up all your water. I will be using it for some quinoa this week.
Buy vegetables and fruits
Watermelon, celery, apples, cucumber and zucchini are just a few produce items I grabbed to help us feel more hydrated. If you buy organic you can skip washing to make it easier on yourself. (I always recommend washing, but if necessary, you could skip.)
Use baby wipes, sanitizer or disinfecting wipes
There will be times you just need to wipe things up or clean you hands and this is the most convenient option without using up all the drinkable bottled water. Luckily, I already had a lot of this at home.
Go out of town
Who needs a better reason to take a mini vaca? A day at the Cedar Point water park means free baths! Even if not for a play day, go out of town to use a laundromat. If things get too ugly here, I will be heading up north to my parent’s house.
I feel like the past two days have been a whirlwind! Thank you to everyone who has donated, volunteered and worked overtime to make sure people have drinkable water at many locations!!!!!!
Is there anything you recommend that I may have missed?
Has your town every had a similar crisis?
What do you think about the price gouging?!