What you need to know about water preservation 101 is the most important thing you need to start in your preparedness journey. I actually did this post a few years ago but I am feeling the need to re-post it today.This is a good day to talk about water preservation and storage. I want to start with a few containers that I like. The first one is the Big Berkey.
Water Preservation 101
It’s the large silver one in the picture. It actually can purify water with two different types of filters, depending on the bacteria. You can purify approximately 12,000 gallons before needing to replace the filters. I prefer the black cartridges (they remove more than the white cartridges).
The blue bottles with the black tops are called Sport Berkey Portable Water Purification Bottles. They have a built in filter, not a purifier, in each bottle. You can buy replacement filters as well. I personally purchased these for my own 72-hour kits/bug out bags. I chose to buy these slowly for all of my family members. They are nice for camping or hiking too.
I also like the “WaterBrick “. According to their website they are BPA Free and FDA approved. The larger ones hold 3.5 gallons. The smaller ones hold 1.6 gallons. They stack together similar to “legos”. I have 16 of these laying with their “legs” down so they are about 2 inches off the ground under my guest room’s queen size bed. This gives me 56 gallons of water stored. I did use my favorite “Water Preserver” which is EPA approved. The thing I like the best about it is the fact I only need to “change” the water every 5 years.
According to the Water Preserver instructions, it states: 1 gallon needs 8 drops-I used 1/2 tsp. in each 3.5 gallons WaterBrick size which is 28 drops. Here’s the deal, I counted the drops and I could have blinked…no guarantees but I put 1/2 tsp. in each container. Please count your drops so you feel secure in the amount you use. I used 12 drops, or so, in my smaller 1.6 gallons WaterBricks. The “Water Preserver” is a 5-year rotation product rather than a 6 month change it solution. I love the 5 years over every 6 months. I have seen articles that say if you fill your containers with city culinary water you never need any water preserver. Please do your own research on that. I drink Reverse Osmosis Water because I do not trust the quality of the water where I live. It’s just me.
I personally will not put bleach in my water containers. I know there is a lot of talk about bleach. This is my understanding, years ago bleach did not have the NEW chemicals it contains today. Please do your own research so you feel comfortable making your own decisions about this topic.
The small white and blue 30-year water cans are nice because they can be stored in the hot garage or your cool basement. They have a shelf life of 30 years. No rotation needed.
The Blue Cans have a 50-year shelf life and the Emergency Purified Drinking Water pouches have a 5-year shelf life. Great size for 72-hour kits. I drink so much water that I would need a dozen of those…….
Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. My book is a great help: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation