Many organizations, groups, and religious factions have encouraged people to secure an emergency food and water storage in times of disaster. Where many people have actually seen the benefit of it, you never know when disaster may strike and have the appropriate amount of safe drinking water will be a worthwhile investment. We are not suggesting the zombies are coming to destroy us, but you never know when your local drinking water may be tainted, or a natural disaster might inflict your area. Having some drinkable water store can save you a lot of grief. AAA Water Team relate some tips for storing water for emergency consumption.
How Much Water Should You Drink A Day?
It is generally believed that people need a minimum of a gallon of drinking water a day. FEMA recommends that you have at least three days worth of water for you and your loved ones (don’t forget the pets) in your storage. Where three days is a good starting point, consider extending your storage over time. When you store your water, keep the oldest prepared water in the front to use first if the need ever comes to fruition. More people advocate a minimum of two weeks of water prepared for storage. A single person would need 14 gallons of water and a small family of four would need 56 gallons of water, and so on.
Water Preservation Home Storage Solutions; Water Jugs, Barrels & Tanks
There is a plethora of methods and suggestions you can do, but today we will just discuss a few.
1. Store bought water. This is probably the easiest but may also be an expensive solution. Buying prepackaged water to meet your water saving quota is very efficient. It comes in single serve, food-graded plastic bottles; it’s clean, and well sealed. Along with the efficiency it is more portable than other methods in the event you have to travel. Storing the packages is fairly easy as well; under beds, pantries, and other manageable spaces is adequate.
2. Water jugs 5-7 gallon sizes. Camping enthusiasts are probably familiar with these food-graded plastic containers. Manufactured in blue to remind you of the water contact and light restrictions preventing algae growth, these stackable containers can be a space savor, and are easily transported with the smaller size.
3. Water barrels. If space isn’t an issue, you don’t plan on using it for fast traveling, and want quite a bit of water storage; these are for you. Again, they are designed with food-grade plastic, with sealable bungs for contamination prevention. The plastic is UV resistant and blue for algae prevention as well. A pump and drink hose (avoid garden hoses) are needed to fill them. If you have a particularly larger family, these barrels might be more ideal if you have the space to store them. Below is a list on how to prepare water for your barrel storage.
a) For additional safety, place your water barrels on wooden pallets.
b) Use a specially designed drinking hose, as experts recommend avoid using a garden hose, to fill your barrels.
c) Fill them up. If possible, it is easier to fill them where you plan on leaving them stored, otherwise having a truck-dolly on hand might be useful.
d) Seal it tight and secure.
e) Consider a smaller container for your water for easier use.