How Much Water Should You Store For Your Family

How Much Water Should You Store For Your Family

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How much water should you store for your family? I know I have mentioned before how much water we all need to store, but sometimes we need a little reminder to fill those empty water jugs sitting on the shelves that we may have purchased. You know the ones that we keep saying, “oh yeah, I need to fill those.” I totally get it. As I’ve said many times before, I recommend 4-gallons of water per person per day. One of the easiest ways to store water is to buy one WaterBrick for each member of the family, this equals one day’s worth of water for one person. They are 3.5 gallons (not the 4-gallons I recommend) but it’s easy to plan using these and I will explain how below. The WaterBricks that are 3.5-gallons are very close to 4-gallons and so easy to calculate how many you need. This is the water preserver I recommend: 55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety

Let’s say you have four people in your family and you want to store, give or take, 4-gallons person per day. We need water to hydrate ourselves, water to cook meals, wash dishes with and for personal hygiene. I realize there may be several scenarios, but here’s the deal, I would rather have excess water than having less water than my family needs.

How Much Water Should You Store

WaterBricks:

Remember always store all containers on 2 by 4’s to keep them off the concrete, you don’t want them absorbing unsafe chemicals.

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Here’s the approximate calculation for SEVEN days using 3.5 gallons instead of four gallons:

  • One person=Seven 3.5-gallon Waterbricks
  • Two people=Fourteen 3.5-gallon WaterBricks
  • Three people=Twenty one 3.5-gallon Waterbricks
  • Four people: Twenty Eight 3.5-gallon WaterBricks

Pros: stackable, spout accessory optional, handles that are easy to carry

Cons: somewhat pricey

55-Gallon Water Barrels:

Augason Farms Emergency Water Storage Supply Kit You may be able to purchase these locally, if not this is a good company and it has everything you need. Remember always store all containers on 2 by 4’s to keep them off the concrete, you don’t want them absorbing unsafe chemicals.

A family of four using 4-gallons per day per person would use just a little less than one 55-gallon barrel in THREE days. I would rather plan for more water than have less than needed. Just remember to get a pump for the barrel and a bung to open the cap on top.

  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day then you would have enough water for 55 days.
  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day for two people then you would have enough water for 27.5 days.
  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day for three people then you would have enough water for 18.33 days.
  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day for four people then you would have enough water for 13.75 days.

Pros: fairly cheap

Cons: hard to pump out the water and hard to store the large containers

Blue Cans:

The cans are 12-ounces and the cases hold 24 cans which equal 2.25 gallons per box. They are expensive because they have the best water that lasts 50 years, even at 145 degrees. I call my cases my “set and forget” water. Yes, they are expensive but it’s worth it to me to have some of this long lasting and convenient to use approach to water storage. They are cheaper if you live where you can pick them up rather than have them shipped. Here are the locations and the website Blue Water Cans They need zero water purifier or preserver.

Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water

Remember always store all containers on 2 by 4’s to keep them off the concrete, you don’t want them absorbing unsafe chemicals.

Pros: long shelf life, easy to stack, can store up to 145 degrees

Cons: expensive

One Gallon Jugs:

If you store water in one-gallon containers this is quite easy to calculate.  With this scenario, you can take the days desired and multiply the gallons needed.

  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day then you would have enough water for one day.
  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day for three days you will need three one-gallon jugs.
  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day for seven days then you will need seven one-gallon jugs.
  • If you want to plan on one-gallon person per day for thirty days you will need thirty one-gallon jugs.

Remember always store all containers on 2 by 4’s to keep them off the concrete, you don’t want them absorbing unsafe chemicals.

Pros: practically free, if you reuse your water or milk jugs (please note I do not recommend these, but if this is what budget warrants, store the water where they will not damage the floor when or if they leak). You can use this water for personal hygiene or wash your laundry when needed.

Cons: short shelf life, they can crack, hard to really clean

Stay Hydrated Service Project

I saw something on the TV about the heat this summer and asking people to share a bottle or two with the homeless families living in our community. My granddaughter mentioned she had just participated in a program at her school that was a service project where the kids took one-gallon baggies and filled them.

We all need a minimum amount of one-gallon of water per person per day. I recommend four gallons per person per day, but this was a humanitarian project. One gallon baggie for each homeless person was filled with the following items. The group drove around with the director to find some homeless people to hand out the bags to as many people as possible. It’s not quite the one-gallon per person, but they can hopefully refill the bottle to keep themselves hydrated.

This is what they put in the bags:

Bottle of water

Fruit cups

Granola bars

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Comb

Small package of tissues

Mints and gum

A card typed with addresses to different homeless shelters, animal shelters, and hospitals

What a great idea to teach the youth to help others in need.

American Red Cross 

Comments

  1. I seen this past week that NOAA has said this Hurricane season will be bad. I hope all the people who
    could be effected by these hurricane’s will rethink all you have told them and not only stock up on food
    but water. Have things ready to pack in your car or truck to get out of town if need be BEFORE the
    hurricane’s hit. Also start thinking about what you have always said about having a full tank of gas ( or close to it). How many times have we seen people lined up at gas station hoping to get gas so they can leave. DO IT
    BEFORE, Linda will NOT be there to “hold you hand” . I live if a tornado land , when I heard me “might” have a
    tornado, I check my storm shelter. Make sure there is food and water, cat food and dog food in it. I have a tent and at first I kept it in my house. Finally I thought WHY????? I put it in my shelter. Things like food and water storage is just something you have to use your head for, Linda can only do so much for us. We have
    to use our minds, not depend on government.

  2. living on the gulf coast, i am as ready as i can be except for water. i moved a year ago and didnt bring all my water. i have been replacing it but i still need more. that’s my project for the next 2 months.

  3. Mildred says:

    I am preparing for “rolling brownouts” and possible “blackouts” because of the heat. I live in the city and that is a big possibility with everyone trying to using air conditioners. I don’t have one and rely on fans and cross ventilation. I am getting a couple of coolers to keep ice and water cold if the electricity goes off. I also have lanterns and plenty of flashlights and batteries. Have a good and safe summer.

    • Hi, Mildred, you have a plan to be ready for those power outages! I love your comment! I think we all need to turn down our air conditioners if we have them so we know what it’s like to be hot. We will pray for a breeze! I love hearing you have plenty of lanterns, flashlights, and batteries! You rock! Linda

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