Storing Water-How To Be Prepared For The Unexpected

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This is a post a wrote a few years ago, but I added one new item at the bottom. It is vital we learn to how to be storing water to sustain life. Many times in natural disasters the electricity goes down and we are unable to access water via our hoses, taps, etc. 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 need to eat every day.

Some hoses have lead in them; use a lead-free hose to fill containers. There are numerous containers available in which to store water; use a container that works for you and your family.

Storing water-minimum water needed per day:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5 to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.

Storing water-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.
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Storing water-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.

Storing water-Water Preserver (Drops):

Water Preserver Concentrate

  • Water Preserver is recommended by Top Emergency Professionals
  • It is approved by the EPA

Storing water-purify water-Big Berkey:

Berkey BK4X2-BB Big Berkey Drinking Water Filtration System with 4 Filters – 2 Black Filters and 2 Fluoride Filters

  • According to the instructions, you can Purify 12,000 gallons before replacing the Elements.
  • It stands about 8.5″ Deep X 19.25″ High (13″ when set inside the outer container for storage)
  • It is made of stainless steel and can purify approximately 190 gallons a day

Sports Berkey Portable Water Purifier:

Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle

  • The size of a water bottle (great for 72-hour kit):
    • The Sports Berkey has a 50-year shelf life. Refill Capacity:
    • Water from any source: 160 refills
    • Water from Municipal Water: 640 refills
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Storing water-WaterBrick Water Container :

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

  • Dimensions: 9″ X 18″ X 6″
  • Each container holds 3.5 gallons
  • These are stackable; 16 will fit under a queen-sized bed (56 gallons total)
  • They stack/interlock for easy storage as well, yet you can easily grab one and go.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of Water Preserver to store for five years; change the water every five years.

Storing water-Emergency Purified Drinking Water:

  • This is an envelope size “bag” of water that lasts 5 years. It’s a perfect size for 72-hour kits.
  • These are U.S. Coast Guard approved and have a little over 4 oz. of water in them.
  • These have a shelf life of 5 years

Storing Water: Canned Emergency Drinking Water

These might seem expensive at first glance, but they last 50 years. PLUS, it’s the best tasting water that does not need to be filtered. Place a box a month under your bed. You’ll be glad you did!

Canned Drinking Water

  • Comes in a can and has a shelf life of 30 years
  • This water will survive severe conditions of extreme cold and intense heat for 30+ years
  • For complete details of testing and processing information go to

My New Favorite Water-Blue Cans:
Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water

Survival food storage by Linda

3 thoughts on “Storing Water-How To Be Prepared For The Unexpected

  • October 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Where would I obtain the “stackable water bricks?” I live in Georgia


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