How to Store Water
Knowing how to store water is absolutely essential if you want to be self sufficient!
Staying hyrdrated is extremely important. You can go without food for quite a while and still be alright, but you just can't go without water for very long. Dehydration can be fatal, so it's very wise to store up a good supply of it in your home. Knowing how> to store up water is an important piece of knowledge.
Have Your Own Water Source
Obviously having your own source of water is ideal, as you would never have to worry about actually storing it. Wouldn't we all love to have a roaring stream of fresh water in our own backyards!
If you live rurally and are in the right part of the country, you may actually have this luxury. But even if you have your own water source, how do you know if it's sanitary? Is it clean enough to drink? The fact is, every free flowing stream is going to contain bacteria and parasites which can be potentially harmful, or even fatal. There are just as many dangers of drinking dirty water as there are of drinking no water.
As refreshing as it may sound to take a drink from a clear bubbling brook....think again. The two main dangers are Giardia and E.Coli. (My little brother had Giardia once and it is no fun!)
Now, this doesn't mean you can't drink stream water ~ it just means that it needs to be purified before you drink it. There are a few different ways to do this.
How to purify your water
- Boil it. This is the cheapest, easiest, most sure-fire way to kill pathogens, bacteria, and parasites that may be lurking in your water.
- Use a water purification straw. This is a really neat little device that you can dip right into dirty water and draw out clean water. This is probably the most convenient no-fuss way to do it.
How to Store Water
If you don't have access to your own water source, then you need to know how to store water at home. This is actually a very easy process; you can have jugs of water stored within minutes!
How much water to store?
This totally depends on how many people you are planning on hydrating. You should plan on about 1 gallon per person per day. How long you want to plan on being prepared for is up to you. Two weeks is a common time frame for survival plans.
What about pets? If you have a dog or a cat, you may want to consider storing water for them, too. Find out how much water your pet consumes per day and then go from there!
Can water go bad?
If you store water in open containers, then yes, it will definitely go bad! You will get larvae, bacteria, dust, and just general debris in your water. You should always store drinking water in a closed container. Another thing to consider is that you always want to store purified water. Contaminated water that is in a closed container will simply get more and more disgusting as the days go by.
The correct way to safely preserve water is to place purifid water in a clean, food grade container. Glass, plastic, and stainless steel are all examples of food grade. What I mean is, you don't want to store water in a container that will leech into the water. Never store water in a bucket or container that has previously contained chemicals of any sort.
How to Store Water
- Find and thoroughly wash plastic or glass container (canning jars, empty plastic soda bottles, gallon water jugs, etc.).
- Fill with purified water.
- Using an un-contaminated, totally clean medecine dropper, treat water with 16 drops bleach, or 1/4 teaspoon, per gallon or 4-liter container of water.
- Place lids or caps on containers and store in a cool, dark place.
- Rotate water every 6 months.
Of course, the easiest way how to store water is to just buy flats of water bottles at the store. It will be more expensive, but it is easy.
Now that you know how to store water, you can stock up your cabinets! Although the need for extra water is not often (hopefully never), you will be SO glad you did it if the need ever arises. Knowing how to store water is a vital part of being self sufficient.
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