Do You Know How Much Water You Need To Survive?

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Let’s start today with, do you know how much water you need to survive? Here’s the deal, the minimum the American Red Cross suggests for personal use water storage is one gallon per day per person. I disagree with this statement and I will tell you why. Yes, you could get by with only one gallon per day per person, but what about cooking, washing and oops someone spilled their drink. You know this will happen, it has in my house. I am a HUGE water drinker and just the thought of having a limited allotted amount of water per person stresses me out big time. I have a stainless steel water bottle I carry everywhere I go just so I have my water to drink at all times. Please meet as a family and discuss your water needs for survival. Every family member needs to understand how important water storage is since we all will need water to survive.

My awesome friend Glen from Kelly Kettle sent me an email and asked me if I would try out one of their new products. I immediately answered “yes” to his email because I love the quality of the Kelly Kettle. That company knows about quality big time! Here is my post on my Stainless Steel Kelly Kettle if you missed it. You will want one for sure, I promise. Now let’s get back to water and how much we need each day to reach survival levels desired.

How Much Water Do You Need:

It is vital to have water storage to sustain life and ultimately survive. Many times in natural disasters the electricity goes down and we are unable to access water via our hoses, taps, etc. because the local water utility, or even home well systems no longer work. Sometimes the water is contaminated from flooding and cross-contamination from sewage. You will need water for a minimum of three days. If we don’t have water, we will not be able to use many of the freeze-dried or dehydrated food we plan to eat every day when challenges come our way. Some hoses have lead in them; use a lead-free hose to fill containers. Element ELGG58050 Green And Grow Lead-Free Drinking Water Safe 5/8-Inch by 50-Foot Water Hose

Minimum water needed per day:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in an extremely HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5 to12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.
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 Boiling water for use:

  • Boil filtered and settled water vigorously for one minute (at altitudes above one mile, boil for three minutes).
  • To improve the flat taste of boiled water, aerate it by pouring it back and forth from one container to another and allow it to stand for a few hours, or add a pinch of salt for each quart or liter of water boiled.

Bleaching/purifying water:

  • Information from Clorox: When boiling water for 1 minute is not possible in an emergency situation, you can disinfect your drinking water with Clorox®Regular-Bleach as follows:
    • Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to the bottom.
    • Pour off clear water into a clean container.
    • Add 8 drops of Clorox® Regular-Bleach (not scented or Clorox® Plus® bleaches) to one gallon of water (2 drops to 1 quart). For cloudy water, use 16 drops per gallon of water (4 drops to 1 quart).
    • Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat and wait another 15 minutes. The treated water can then be made palatable by pouring it between clean containers several times.

Water Preserver Concentrate

  • Water Preserver is recommended by top emergency professionals
  • It is approved by the EPA

AquaBrick Information

Here is a great link to check out: Cold Stream Industries-Water Filters

These containers are good for storing food and water. I like the size of these and I LOVE the two handles. One handle is on the top and one handle is on the side. Woohoo! I am going to quote some of the information on the website so you know the exact size and so much more. I quote:


The AquaBrick is the newest innovative product from Sagan Filters. This multi-use container holds 3 gallons of water for water storage. As a food storage container, it holds 20 lbs of food. Containers are stackable in a variety of configurations so it can fit easily into any area. Easy to pour from and will empty out completely. Easy to carry, clean and use. Water tight and has useful strap down grooves on the sides.


Made of BPA Free High Density/High Impact Polyethylene Plastic

Empty Brick Weight: 2.36 Lbs / 1.07 Kg Volume: 3 Gallons / 11.35 Liters

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Dimensions: 9″W x 18″L x 6″H / 22.86 cm x 45.72 cm x 15.24 cm

AquaBrick uses Water Storage, Food Storage, Dry Storage, Camping, Hunting, Fishing, Picnics, Boating/Kayaking, 72 Hour Emergency Kits, as an Ice Block, Ammo Storage, Document Storage, ATV/Pack, Horse Storage Pack and many other uses.

At its best, use the container with the AquaBrick Water Filtration System. It will safely treat 550 gallons of water from over 118 types of waterborne bacteria and virus. Removes 99.9999% of Bacteria, 99.99% of Virus, and 99.99% Giardia/Cryptosporidium. Certified with the Micro Water Filter Quality Association, and please ask to see our End of Life test results. End of quote.

****Please note, the company did not send me the AquaBrick Water Filtration System. I believe that a water filtration system is for sure an absolute selling point for these containers. It will safely treat 550 gallons of water according to the statement above. But even if you only buy the containers you can safely store these under a bed, in a closet, behind the couch or wherever, filled with water and the Water Preserver I recommend so you would only have to rotate the water every five years. Water Preserver Concentrate

What I like about these AquaBricks is the fact they are easy to fill, carry and empty. They are stackable as well. If you plan on 3 gallons per day per person this makes it very easy to calculate how much water you need for your family. I prefer four gallons per person, but these three-gallon containers are manageable to carry filled with water. My calculations below are for three gallons per day per person. These would be great for camping as well because they are easy to carry.

Two people in your family: one day=2 AquaBrick containers. For seven days=14 AquaBrick containers. For 30 days=60 AquaBrick containers.

Four people in your family: one day=4 AquaBrick containers. For seven days=28 AquaBrick Containers. For 30 days=120 AquaBrick containers.

May God bless you in your efforts to be prepared for the unexpected. Please start with at least one container per week or month as you build your inventory of water storage containers within your budget. You will be glad you are prepared, I promise.

American Red Cross  Look at page 7 for the water they recommend. One gallon per person per day is way better than nothing.

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4 thoughts on “Do You Know How Much Water You Need To Survive?

  • February 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I agree with you completely. I worked with Red Cross Disaster Teams over 40 years as well as the Fire Service 39 yrs and Emergency Management 25 yrs.
    I have pushed 5 gallon per person as a bare minimum, per day in my classes. That said I will bump it up to adding 7 more gallons, making it 12 gallons for drinking, cooking cleaning and flushing per day per person.
    I have seen folks clog up their sewer pipes before the waste get to septic tank or sewer line by not using enough water to wash the waste all the way down the line.
    Great article,
    North Idaho

    • February 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Hi RangerRick, you are my hero AGAIN! I love your comments because you get it and understand the urgency! You have been working the lines of emergencies and I applaud you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Linda

  • February 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    You are most welcome Linda, Rick

  • June 11, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I have spent years developing a device that extracts water from air using solar heat. It was developed for use in Africa and India but it could be an ideal long term emergency supply when the municipal water supply fails and other source water is too contaminated to filter or is not available. Planning for the first 72 hours seems pretty easy. Planning for water over the next 100+ days is more challenging where our device may help..


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