Water Storage — What if the Tap Goes Dry?

I recently watched a national morning television show where they discussed emergency preparations and the “expert” gave some really awful advice about water storage. Some straight talk is in order.

Water storage is absolutely essential to a good preparedness plan. In an emergency, it may be too late to go to the tap and expect clean water to flow. One gallon per person per day is the minimum you will need to continue living the way in which you are accustomed. You will need at least two quarts for drinking and the rest for cooking, cleaning, flushing toilets, and personal hygiene.

When planning your water needs don’t forget your pets.

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2. worldwide stock market capitalization Plastic bottles – Water may be stored in well-rinsed bleach (hypochlorite) bottles. Begin by cleaning bottles with hot, soapy water. Completely clean the inside and the outside of the container, including the handle, the lid. Rinse well with plain water. Finally, rinse with clean water. Once you clean and sanitize the container, fill it with water you know is safe and screw the cap on tightly. Since some experts say storing water in bleach containers is fine and others say it is dangerous I recommend you rotate the water at least once a year and then reserve it for cleaning and flushing toilets.

3. futures options trading brokers Soda Bottles – Liter soda bottles with screw on lids work well for storing drinking water. Colored bottles are the best as they filter the light. Sanitize by rinsing inside and out with a solution of one-half teaspoon of household bleach per pint of water. Rinse well with plain water. Finally, rinse with clean water. Once you clean and sanitize the container, fill it with water you know is safe and screw the cap on tightly. You may want to fill containers with your own tap water. Water in different areas tastes differently and your family will be accustomed to the taste of your own tap. Before using open the container for several hours. Pour water back and forth between two pitchers to add air back in and improve the taste. If the water appears cloudy treat or use it for cleaning and bathing but not for drinking. Liter bottles are also great to have on hand to grab quickly if you need to evacuate. They can be carried easily by an adult with the use of a lanyard type bottle carrier. (Available at www.TotallyReady.com)

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A Few Tips:

· Do not drink sodas or alcoholic beverages in an emergency. They will greatly increase thirst.

· Do not store water containers directly on a concrete floor. Chemicals may leach into the bottles and the concrete will weaken the plastic and cause your bottles to leak.

· Water should be stored in containers that are filled completely to the top. Mold and bacteria love damp surfaces. You can greatly reduce the likelihood of molds forming by eliminating the air, in other words, by filling the bottle to the top.

· Water should be stored in a cool, dark location. Heat and light will increase the rate at which plastics decompose.

· Water should never be stored near chemicals, pesticides, perfumed items, or products which may emit toxic gasses.

· NEVER store water in milk containers. They are too porous, difficult to sanitize, and are easily contaminated.

· Label all containers with the words “drinking water” and with the date you stored it.

· Stored water should be rotated every year. The best advice is to choose a date you will rotate your water every year. A good time would be a special occasion that falls during the summer months – birthday, anniversary, 4th of July. The water can then be used to water outdoor gardens and trees.

· Train your family in the safe and responsible use of stored water.

· Do not use bottled water that has been exposed to flood waters.

· If you don’t have bottled water, you should boil or treat water to make it safe. Boil: Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present, such as Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium, which are frequently found in rivers and lakes. These organisms are less likely to occur in well water (as long as it has not been affected by flood waters). If not treated properly, Giardia may cause diarrhea, fatigue, and cramps. Cryptosporidium more highly resistant to disinfecting , may cause diarrhea, nausea and/or stomach cramps. People with severely weakened immune systems are likely to have more severe and more persistent symptoms than healthy individuals. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, (altitudes above one mile, boil for three minutes). Let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers. To improve the 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 of water.*

· Disinfect: If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it using household chlorine bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. Do not use non-chlorine bleach to disinfect water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand, covered for 30 minutes before you use it. The water should have a slight chlorine odor. If not, repeat the dosage and allow the water to stand for an additional 15 minutes. If the treated water has too strong a chlorine taste, allow the water to stand uncovered for a few hours or pour it from one clean container to another several times. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers. As you plan for water needs be sure to store some household chlorine bleach for treating water.*

· If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and treated after floodwaters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific guidelines.

· Water Purification Tablets are iodine based and are specifically made to purify water. They are sold at camping and sporting goods stores, military surplus stores, some large department or drug stores and by companies selling emergency preparedness supplies. Carefully follow directions on the package. Purification tablets are for emergency use only, not everyday use. Unopened tablets have a shelf life of several years. Some kits include an additive to help improve the taste and color created by iodine.

· In an emergency, iodine in a medicine kit will purify water. Use 2 percent U.S.P.-strength iodine (read the label). Using a medicine dropper, add 20 drops per gallon to clear water and 40 drops per gallon to cloudy water. Mix completely by stirring or shaking in a clean container. Allow the water to stand at least 30 minutes, uncovered, before using. Iodine is an antiseptic and is poisonous, so use and store it safely, and only in a real emergency.

· Store the containers upright in a cool, dry place. Because direct sunlight and heat gradually weaken plastic containers, store them away from heat and light to prevent possible leaking. Water is heavy, so store the containers on a strong shelf or in a cabinet.

· A freezer is also a good place to store water for a long period. Freeze water in plastic bottles only; glass will break. Fill containers leaving two to three inches of space at the top to prevent bursting as the water expands and freezes. You probably won’t have enough freezer space to store all the water you will need in an emergency, but storing at least some is a good idea. If you lose electricity, the frozen water will help keep foods in your freezer frozen until power is restored. Foods will stay frozen longer during an outage if the freezer is full so if your freezer is partially empty fill it with containers of water and you will help to solve two problems.

Don’t be caught with “Water, water all around, and not a drop to drink”

*(U.S. federal agencies and the Red Cross recommend these steps to disinfect drinking water in an emergency. Remember no home method can guarantee complete safety)

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10 Responses to “Water Storage — What if the Tap Goes Dry?”

  1. Matt says:

    Great post! I would have never thought of half of these things. Living in a place where public utilities could easily be taken out by an ice storm it gave me a lot to think about. Keep ‘em coming!

  2. Megan says:

    If I boil the water do I need to filter it? I thought I’d read somewhere that after boiling you need to filter the water through cheese cloth or coffee filters. I’ve been boiling and filtering with coffee filters and today my husband asked me why I was doing that. He thinks that is okay to boil and then store without filtering. There are particles floating around in the water so that’s why I’ve been doing it.


  3. admin says:

    This is a many faceted question. How are you storing it? If you are filling bleach bottles just fill from the tap. The bleach will kill anything in the water. If you are filling canning jars and not processing them, I never process mine, fill them from the tap and then boil them when you want to use them. If you are on a well you may want to strain and boil but only if you have had problems with your well and have sand or particle in the water. I’m not sure if you are on city water why there would be particles after you boil it, unless you have hard water, that’s the problem, no danger in those particles. Are you boiling it uncovered? If you are storing in a large barrel I would purchase an additive to add to the water which will preserve it for 5 years. Personally, I just store the water from the tap, I’m on a well, and boil it when I need it. The water stored in glass we just drink. Anyone else have a different experience?

  4. Megan says:

    I am storing tap water in old plastic juice containers on a closet shelf. I did boil the water uncovered and we do have hard water. So it’s ok for me to store tap water without boiling it? I’m thinking I might boil it anyway because what if I can’t boil it when I need it? I guess I can buy purification tablets. Would that be good enough if I can’t boil it?

  5. Shiela says:

    Great post!
    So going to store water in my canning jars during the “off season”!
    And freezing bottles to keep the freezer cold in a power outage…duh! Why didn’t I think of that?

  6. Beth says:

    First, I want to thank you for a great website. Your suggestions bring order to my desire to work on our emergency preparedness.

    I love the idea about storing water in glass canning jars. Being new to country life and having well water, I would like to clarify something. If we store our well water in glass canning jars, may we just drink it when we need it, without boiling it? We have a lot of power outages here, and it would be hard to boil the water when we need to use it, but I don’t want to take any health risks. We have our well water tested for bacteria, so I would be fairly confident that it is “safe” when we put it in the jars. Thanks for any advice on this.

  7. admin says:

    Your water will be fine. We also have a well and there is no problem storing the water. Be sure to use clean jars and lids and store then in a cool, dark place or in the original boxes and you will be fine. There is no need to boil stored water. If you should ever be in doubt about the safety of you water process your jars for 15 minutes and then store them. This will kill anything in the water, but it really isn’t necessary if you have a good well.

  8. marc strickland says:

    I have had great success with storing water for three years with absolutely no problems whatsoever. I have done it regularly for many many years…I’m 55. I put 1 cup unscented bleach in af 55 gal blue drum. The water tastes as fresh as if I pulled it out of the tap.


  9. Jen says:

    Will a doubled up sheet work as a good enough protector between my plastic bottles and the concrete floor?

  10. admin says:

    Yes, this would work but I would advise against it. The concern about placing water bottles on concrete comes because water leaches up through the concrete and can then leach into water bottles with the chemicals from the concrete. Placing plastic down would trap this water under the plastic where it would not be able to evaporate and could cause mold to grow. I would use a material such as scraps of wood or metal shelving or racks such as old oven racks, which will all allow the water from the concrete to evaporate.

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