Studies have shown that we can survive for three days without water, but even with that margin, can you really guarantee that your current water stock will even last for three days? Natural disasters around the world proved that the first things to go scarce are food and water. Emergency water storage is often the number one thing preppers take into consideration simply because water is important for hydration and for cleaning. So as a prepper, what are the things you need to consider for water storage?
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What’s Your Emergency Water Storage Strategy?
The human body is made up of roughly 70 percent water, which is why our physiology requires us to be constantly hydrated. But what happens when natural disasters or calamities strike and cause water shortage all throughout? Emergency water storage is your best option and will save you and your family’s life in times of desperate need. When done right, you will be able to stock up on clean and potable water for months. So, as a prepper, water helps you survive, and survival is everything.
1. Identify Your Containers
You need to choose the suitable water containers. There are several types of containers that you can use in storing water such as food-grade water containers, plastic soft drink bottles, glass containers and stainless steel tanks if you want to collect rainwater. Be sure to clean and disinfect containers first before storing water in it. Learn more about water containers for long term storage here.
2. Water Preservation And Treatment
There’s no need to add anything if you’re using tap water or if it is already treated commercially. But if it’s from a well or from a public place, you have to make sure that it is safe to drink before storing it. You can use chlorine, iodine, and calcium hypochlorite. If you’re going to use chlorine, you need to add two drops of non-scented chlorine for every two liters of water. This is to prevent bacteria and other pathogens from building up. Plus there are readily available water tablet purifier out in the market that you can purchase. Check out the link for more info in making your water safe in a survival situation.
3. Store Your Water
It is important to store your water in a cool, dry and dark place where it won’t be exposed to sunlight. UV rays have an effect on containers and on chlorine as well. Where you keep your water is significant for emergency preparedness.
4. Water Replacement
It is necessary to replace stored water after 6 months, especially homemade stored water. This is to avoid any contaminants that can build up inside the bottle over a long period of time.
5. Look For Other Water Sources
Water that you’re going to store is not only for drinking. There are other uses of water such as bathing, and cleaning cookware and kitchen utensils. Of course, we also need to be mindful of our hygiene. Look for other sources of water like melted ice cubes, water from canned goods and specific trees and plants. Learn more about other water sources here.
Watch this video from EmergencyFoodWarehouse.com for more info about emergency water storage :
Water, as we know it, is one most important substance on this planet, and when SHTF, I just can’t imagine how devastating it is to live without water. Clean, potable water. Drought and natural disasters can take away our access to clean water, so we need to learn from those mortifying encounters. Emergency preparedness is the key to survival. If there’s anything you want to add to this list of tips, feel free to hit us through the comments below.
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