You may remember me talking about how to store water for drinking and cooking. This is a friendly reminder to stock up on water for drinking!
Obviously, we know that water is vital for life to exist as we know it. But, did you know that our fresh water sources are only 2.5% of the water on Earth? And, two-thirds of that water is frozen in glaciers? This means in times of disaster, water is going to be in high demand and supplies are limited.
Water demand already exceeds supply in some parts of the world, which means storing water for drinking and cooking is of utmost importance.
Below, I will be sharing with you some reasons why we need to stock up on water, how much we need and just how to do that!
Why Should You be Concerned about Prepping?
I cringe when I hear, “I need to go help my grown children if we have a disaster,” really? Are you freaking kidding me? For the love of your children, I hope you taught your adult children to be self-reliant so they are ready BEFORE a disaster strikes.
When the SHTF there will be zero food stamps, zero banks open, zero ATM’s that work, and the grocery shelves will be empty. Please promise me you will NOT be standing in line waiting for a case of water.
The time is now to be prepared more than ever before. Russia tried to hack our grid system, as an example.
Please read the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. I love to “read” audible books, this is the best book, besides mine, “Prepare Your Family For Survival.” It’s a no-nonsense book to help you to be prepared. Have your family read it, it’s critical to be prepared today, not next week.
Why Can’t we Use Nearby Lakes for Water?
I’m going to share how I store my water. Keep in mind some of the water you think you may be able to harvest after a disaster may be diverted in a totally different direction and the water source may even dry up.
Some people, like my friend Lori in Michigan, have several lakes surrounding their neighborhood. But, when there is a natural disaster of any kind, the water may be tainted with algae and is not able to be used for bathing, cooking, or brushing your teeth, to name a few things. Additionally, the water in lakes and rivers may contain harmful bacteria, chemicals, fecies, and other things you don’t want in or on your body.
It is important to be ready for plan B, C, & D.
What Things Do we Need Clean Water for?
You probably realize that you will need water for both drinking and cooking, but you need to keep in mind other reasons you will need clean water.
- Washing Dishes
- Taking showers and baths
- Flushing toilets
- Brushing your teeth
- Cleaning cuts, scrapes, and burns
Of course, if we have a real disaster, and I’m expecting one or I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing, you will need quite a lot of water.
How Much Water Do We Need?
You may know by now that The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day. Additionally, they recommend that everyone have enough water to last three days. Three days of water should be enough to get you through periods of water shut-offs or contamination from natural disasters like earthquakes, tornados, and ice storms, in many cases.
Three days is a good starting point, but lets face it; run of the mill disasters can keep things down for much longer than that. Therefore, it is recommended that you store at least two weeks worth of water at 1 gallon per day.
I am here to tell you, that’s not going to cut it, period. You need four-gallons of water per person per day.
Mark and I need 8-gallons of water per day and 56 gallons per week. Hence 8 gallons a day times 7 days equals 56 gallons per week.
That’s a lot of water if you’re trying to store water for a long-term outage. Now, I can stretch the water, but I would rather have more water than not enough. This is why preparing is so important.
I’m telling you today, actually I’m begging you, to get water purifiers and store lots of water. Please do the calculations for the water your family needs. I hear people mention to me, “I’m going to Linda’s,” please don’t count on it. We must be self-reliant. I have water stored for Mark and me, period. I do not have a warehouse.
Are Emergency Water Packets a Good Idea?
A reader asked me about these packets, Emergency Water Packets. These little packets are great for backpacks, but they are too expensive to store water for every day drinking purposes.
I get thirsty just thinking how small the packets are. But I drink a lot of water throughout the day. They would be okay for the car, but I can’t recommend them unless you put a box of them in the car for emergency use.
If you have very many people in the car they would only “wet your whistle” so to speak. Let’s get real here my friends, we are so close to a grid down, as in zero power.
Because these are not adequate ways of storing water, please consider my recommendations for storing water.
Store Water For Drinking
Below is a list of options that you have when it comes to storing water for a disaster. Please remember to store water containers on 2 by 4’s to keep the containers from leaching the chemicals from the cement. Make sure all water containers are BPA free and safe for water storage.
55-Gallon Water Barrels or Water Tanks
Be sure and get a pump (these use one full bottle of Water Preserver). You may be able to pick up WATER BARRELS online from Walmart or in the store. This is one of my new favorite water tanks: PURCHASE HERE: 55-Gallon Water Tanks
These are stackable and I use 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver per 3.5-gallon container. PURCHASE HERE: WaterBricks
High Capacity Water Tanks
You can also purchase tanks that hold 160, 250, and 350 gallons at many emergency preparedness stores. Some of the smaller 160-gallon tanks stack.
BlueCans can withstand temperatures up to 150 degrees. No added preserver is needed. Yes, they are expensive, but I want several types of water. The cheapest place to buy these is Brownells. Watch for coupons and free shipping.
5-Gallon Water Containers
You can buy 5-gallon water containers that are stackable. The possibilities are there and you only have to buy a few at a time. I quote: (two or three high at the most) PURCHASE HERE: 5-Gallon Water Containers
- Portable (approximately 11.25″ x 10″ x 14.25″ tall)
- BPA free Food-grade Plastic; Plastic resin USA sourced
- Includes one spigot and one cap wrench
Here are some additional posts that will show you how I store several emergency items in my small home: Linda’s Home.
Purifying Water that You Store
Here are my recommendations for purifying the water you store for drinking and cooking.
I prefer the black ceramic filters because they filter and purify more. I quote from their website:
- Includes: Stainless Steel Spigot for Berkey System
- Purifies up to 3.5 gallons per hour
- Filter Life: Up to 3,000 gallons per filter element
- Holding Capacity: 2.25 Gallons
- High Grade 304 Stainless Steel
I gave every one of my family members one of these for gifts. They are awesome! I quote:
- Filters can be replaced
- Can be refilled up to 640 times using a municipal water source
- Reduces harmful microscopic pathogens: Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-coli 99.99999% and other pathogenic bacteria
- Removes unpleasant taste and odors, cloudiness, silt, sediment and chlorine
I have given these to my grandkids who hike. I quote:
- This official LifeStraw personal water filter will provide 792 gallons (1,000 liters) of safe drinking water without using chemicals, iodine
- Removes 99.9999% of bacteria including Escherichia coli (e-Coli), Campylobacter, Vibrio cholera, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella, salmonella
- Removes 99.9% of protozoa including giardia lamblia (beaver fever), Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica
- No shelf life – can be stored indefinitely, even after use
- Perfect for your family and friends to use during camping, hiking, and backpacking, or for your emergency kits at your home, car, and office
Use Water Preserver in the water you store, it’s approved by the EPA. I quote:
- Use with tap water to store emergency drinking water for 5 years. To be used with 55-gallon water storage barrels.
- Water Preserver is the first and only product recognized and proven effective for 5-year water storage, registered and licensed by federal and state EPA.
- Water Preserver was scientifically tested for 10 years to ensure its potency for 5-year storage.
- Guaranteed 100% effective.
- Water Preserver is a proprietary formula of stabilized, ph-balanced sodium hypochlorite with highly effective residual action that kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. Accept no substitutes.
Be Prepared Like Lori
A friend, Lori, shared the following picture. She teaches small groups how to be prepared so they learn skills she knows. I applaud her work. She purchased a hand pump for $9.99. Here’s this great Bottle Buddy Holder or this one Bottle Buddy 3 Tier System (3 Pack) 9-Bottle, Black
I didn’t buy all of these water containers in one week, I have been buying a little at a time. Please teach others in your neighborhood how to store water for drinking and cooking, and don’t forget personal hygiene.
Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda