Water is the most important part of your food storage plan. Experts say you cannot live longer than 3 days without water. Stored water can be use in many different ways but the 3 important are drinking, cooking and cleaning. If you are just getting started on your food storage and you are asking yourself where to begin, the answer is water. Check out Food Storage List For Beginners for more information on other essential food storage items for beginners.
In this post I really want to talk about how to store water safely for the long term. There are 3 different categories that I think are important. Immediate water storage on hand, water storage bags or containers to fill at the time of an emergency, and water filters to use once your storage and emergency bags are empty.
Immediate Water Storage On Hand
In order to take care of the 3 important uses of water mentioned above, you need to have 1 gallon of water per person per day. That should take care of the drinking, cooking, and cleaning.
On of the biggest excuses I hear when it comes to storing food and water is the lack of space. I can totally understand the concern and I do sympathize with you. We live in a small town home and have very little space as well. You have to be creative and willing to give up some of your personal space to make this happen. I promise that if you do, you will feel a sense of comfort knowing that the temporal security of your family is taken care of for at least the near future. It is well worth it.
The best part about living in our day and age is that there are so many options. You can store bags, buckets, cans, and barrels of water in all different shapes and sizes that can fit into every nook and cranny of your house. I will list below the few that I have had success with.
Quick Fills In Case Of An Emergency
If there is ever an emergency and you know that the water system is or will be shut off or contaminated, you will need to jump into action and store as much water as you possibly can before that time comes. The first thing you are going to want to do is shut off the water input on your water heater. Most water heaters can store up to 50 gallons of water. If the outside water is or will be contaminated, shutting of the input valve can give you can instant 50 gallons of water to work with.
Another cool item to own is the water bob. This is a heavy duty plastic bag that you can put into your bathtub and fill up. It holds up to 100 gallons of fresh clean water. It comes with a handy pump in the middle that allows you to pump our water as needed. Again, this would only be used in case of an extreme emergency because it will make your tub unusable for the time.
Water filters are a great way to clean up the water from a stream or lake. The last thing you want to deal with is any sicknesses or diseases that come from the water. There are a lot of different types of water filters so make sure and do your homework before making a purchase. You can check out beprepared.com for more information.
What are your thoughts on water storage? What can you share with us that you have found helpful when prepping and storing your water? Please comment below with any thoughts on the matter.