Oh, and speaking of that water you've been lugging around in your garbage can: It's poison, so don't drink that. Probably should have told you that before making you haul it all the way back here, huh?
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Oh, don't look at me that way.
Purifying water will be a big challenge in our new, awful world. Boiling it is the safest way to kill pathogens, but in some situations, that might not be possible or practical. Which is why a bottle of pool shock could come in handy. Pool shock is the common name for calcium hypochlorite, and is normally used for cleaning pools. Although hardly an everyday item you have on hand, you'll want to know what it is to at least understand why someone felt the need to kick in the door of that pool supply store down the street from Fort Payless. It's because it can do a great job of disinfecting drinking water.
If you know what you're doing.
Which you probably don't.
Seriously, this is a ridiculously powerful chemical which can do a lot of harm if misused. But if you do know how to use it, a single bottle could disinfect thousands of gallons of water.
Or clean your pool, if you're going through one of those fairly easy apocalypses.
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