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Water storage is crucial to any preppers supplies. You can only live 3 days without it and we use it in almost everything we do. Making sure that your water preps will last is another must do task when it comes to your prepping. Learning how to properly store water will help you do just that.
To start, you need to know how much water you need for your family in the event that something would go wrong and you needed to rely on it. This means figuring out exactly how long you want to prepare for. You must know this before you go any further.
Once you’ve got a time frame in mind, you will need to do some light math. You need to prepare, at the very minimum, 1 gallon of water, per person in your family, per day that you want to prepare for.
For instance, if you have a family of 3 and you want a 3 month supply, you would need 3 gallons per day, 21 gallons per week, 84 gallons per month and 252 gallons for the 3 month period. Be sure not to forget your pets too. You should count on 1oz of water per, per pound of each pet per day. Your 16lb would need roughly 16oz of water per day. These are bare minimum amounts. Ideally, you would want to store at least one and one half times the minimum to account for things like excessive heat, cleaning, bathing and so on.
Water needs to be stored in something obviously. The best thing to use is something that is made for doing just that. You can pick up 5 gallon jugs at Wal-mart for around $15.00 each that will keep your storage safe, but if you are planning on storing a lot of water, you might want to consider food safe barrels. On the flip side, if you don’t have the money in your budget to buy containers, rinse out 2L soda bottles or empty juice containers and use those. Just be sure to rinse them well so that there is no sugar content left behind.
If your water is chlorinated, you won’t need to do anything to store it. It will store safely for well over a year. If it’s not chlorinated however, you will need to give it some help. To each one gallon bottle, add 1 small cap full of bleach. This will keep anything yucky from growing within your bottles so that your water is still safe to use and drink.
Once you’ve got your water storage started, congratulate yourself! You’re one step ahead of a lot of other people now!