Water Storage for Preppers
Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. Following a natural or man made disaster, clean drinking water may not be available as your normal water supply might be shut off or contaminated.
A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts (half gallon) of water each day. People in hot environments, children, nursing mothers, and ill people will require even more. You will also need water for food preparation and personal hygiene. Store at least one gallon per person, per day.
Consider storing at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family. If you are unable to store this quantity, store as much as you can. If supplies run low, never ration water. Drink the amount you need today and try to find more the next day. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.
Commercially bottled water is about the easiest and safest ways to stock your emergency supply. For best results store the purchased water unopened, in the original containers and in a cool dark place. You’ll want to keep track of expiration dates on the water as well.
If you decide to store water in your own containers make sure that they are food-grade water storage containers and thoroughly cleaned if previously used for foods.
One of the easier ways to store water is the 55 gallon barrel. Water can be stored for 5 years (when used with water preserver concentrate). Note: you will need to purchase a bung wrench and pump separately for full use of this product.
Another option is stackable 5 gallon storage containers selling for about $20 each. They have a hideaway spout that attaches quickly for on-demand water and removes for safe storage. And the translucent light blue construction allows you to see water level.
Secondary yet safe water sources in your home include the water in your hot water tank, pipes, and ice cubes. Never consume water from toilet flush tanks or bowls, radiators, waterbeds, or swimming pools/spas. Make sure you to protect the water sources already in your home from contamination if there are reports of broken water or sewage lines or if local officials advise you of a problem.
After you have used all of your stored water and can’t find other clean water sources, it may become necessary in an emergency situation to treat outdoor water. Emergency outdoor water supplies include lakes, ponds, springs and streams. Treat all water of uncertain quality before using it for drinking, food washing or preparation, washing dishes, brushing teeth or making ice. In addition to having a bad odor and taste, contaminated water can contain microorganisms (germs) that cause diseases such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis. Avoid water with floating material, an odor, or dark color. Use saltwater only if you distill it first. You should not drink flood water.
You can treat unknown water by boiling, chlorination or distillation. Or pick up one of the best rated water purifiers on Amazon.
The bottom line is that you cannot live without water. Take some time to plan and build an appropriate emergency water supply for your family. If the worst happens, you’ll be glad you did.