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Friday, August 5, 2011

Water storage is and should be a major concern for everybody.

You can live for days & weeks without food but you must have water to survive.

Store more than just food & water!
Most sources will recommend that we need a minimum of 1 gallon of water per day per person. That is only for survival.  Water is needed for drinking; cooking, cleaning of cooking and eating utensils, personal hygiene, laundry, some of us have pets that will also require water.

If you currently have no water storage then START and start with one gallon of water per person.  Start with the goal of 2 weeks storage.  That is doable with no special equipment to purchase.

You can store water in food grade and/or PETE plastic containers. Two liter plastic soda bottles work well.  Do not use plastic jugs or cardboard containers that once had milk or juice in them.

Soda bottles for smaller amounts.

Water storage boxes are another good option. Mylar bags are filled with water then placed into stackable cardboard boxes.

25 Gallon Boxed Kit

For larger water storage containers you have many types to choose from.  Research to determine what type and size fit your personal needs and storage space.  Here are two examples:

                                                                         250 Gallon Super Tanker

Listen a quick clip from Al, owner of Be Ready Inc, on water.

Always try to store your water away from too much light or heat.  Make sure you thoroughly clean and rinse all of your containers before filling with water to store. Never use containers previously used to store non-food products.

DO NOT store water containers directly on concrete. Place on cardboard, wood pallets, something as a barrier.

Boiling is the safest way to clean water; however you can also use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms.

Water storage, as with food storage, needs to be rotated. Depending on your storage method and water treatment this will be every six months – 5 years.

 Facebook has a Water Storage Tips posting you might find interesting.

The more we can save money, feed our families nutritious food, prepare ourselves and our friends and neighbors the better off we ALL are.

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