Long Term Water Storage Methods, Containers and Treatment Information


One of the most crucial and important components of building resiliency and emergency preparedness is having a long term store of clean drinking water. Many people have said that a person is capable of living for three weeks without having any food but he can only survive for three days without water. There may be many situations where your daily water supply becomes undrinkable or unavailable. It is situations like this that we must prepare for. Here are some of the water storage recommendations which you can explore in order to ensure that you are fully prepared for any incident from a natural disaster to a full on zombie apocalypse.

Water for drinking or domestic use can be stored for a long period if it is properly prepared and done correctly. It can take a period of six months to five years depending on the method that was used to prepare.
• Water is heavy! If you are going to build an type of shelving that it is crucial that it be built to be very sturdy.
•An absolute bear minimum, for every person, two gallons of water is enough per day. It is advisable to try and store a minimum of three day supply. For the family of four people, that will be 24 gallons of water stored. Obviously this will only have you covered for a small event like a hurricane or blizzard. A Zombie situation will  require much more than 24 gallons.
•Air and light are not good for water. Try and use opaque containers, airtight containers for long term storage and make sure that you store them in cool and dark spaces.
•Learn to use bleach solution or water preserver to prevent your stored water from going bad due to growing bugs and bacteria.
•It is also recommended that you rotate this water at least once a year in order to ensure freshness. It is also important to keep an eye on your water supply after every month to check if there is any occurrence of contamination / damage or any leaks.
•Find creative ways to store water around your house. Containers used to store water can be stored in various places such as underneath beds, closets and many other places.

There are many things which you can consider before developing your water storage plan. Some of them include; number of people in the family, presence of water locally, temperature of the surrounding environment, average rainfall in the area, number of activities you will be doing, if you have got any pets that will need the care, and if any of the family members has got any special medical conditions. After considering all these variables, it is up to you to put a plan together, but most important that you get your plan underway. The following are various ways on which you can store water for long term use and build a more resiliency into your everyday lives, and the lives of those around you.

The New bottled Packaged Water
Buying a large store- bottled is the quickest and easiest way you can establish the baseline of water storage. It simple, you buy enough quantity and store. Remember that this method of storage is not re-usable and it typically requires the supply to be replaced after every one to two years at most. As a family of four, having 36 gallons of water put aside, can give you a a bit of peace of mind.  Having a 6 month to a year supply can let your mind rest knowing you have done all that you can.
•Packaged water is available almost in every location at various sizes
Easy to store in small places and cabinets
•Comes with different prices depending on the quantity
•It good for emergency and bottled water is lighter and easier to transport
•The upfront cost will be low when buying in bigger sizes

•The durability of packaged bottles for a long term period is questionable
•There is a probability of chemicals leaking from these plastic containers during the period
•Increased wastes and considerations for recycling

Glass canning jars
Most of the resources don’t recommend the use of glass jars in storing water. This is because they are easily breakable compared to plastic containers. Water in these jars is always fresh and one need not to worry of any chemical contamination.
•Easy to sterilize and clean
•They are re-usable completely
•Easy to pour
•Easy to check how much is left
•Wont leach chemicals
•Jars can chip and are more breakable
•Expensive when storing in a big volume

Outside storage
Outside storage may involve bulk tanks, rain barrels or pools and ponds. The method requires a proper planning with high infrastructure investment. The method is best as it provide a high volume that is available for a longer duration of use. Remember that water should be filtered and purified in case you are using bulk tanks and rain barrels.
•Contains a large volume of water
•Allows free natural sources of water harvesting
•Easier access for outdoor and indoor use.
•Requires purification and filtration for safety drinking
•Requires additional infrastructure
•Not moved easily
•Visible by public

Heavy-duty containers
There are containers specifically designed for storing and transporting water on a medium scale. They are made of plastic and polyethylene. They can withstand storage for a long period and they come in volumes usually. They are opaque and less risk of leach chemicals to the stored water. They can be re-used for many times and are the most recommended method to use in storing water for a long period.


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