Storing Water for Preppers – First Steps
Why is Storing Water Crucial?
To put it simply, if you don’t drink any water over a three day period it’s unlikely you will survive.
If the taps stop running then it may be possible to find alternative sources but these will need to be made safe to drink.
If we face a natural disaster that may cause flooding then it is likely that water in your surrounding area will become contaminated.
This could cause water borne diseases to become common place or allow “clean” water sources to saturate with contaminants from the land including chemicals or decaying matter.
How much Water do I need?
We looked previously at how much water one person needs over a 72 hour period here.
It is worth looking over this again as it it such an important topic for preppers.
The recommended amount is 4 litres per person per day and this is just for drinking.
You will also need water for cleaning fruit, vegetables, dishes as well as basic sanitation for yourself such as keeping clean or brushing your teeth.
So let’s add on another minimum of 2 litres of water.
So that’s 6 litres per person or 24 litres of water for a family of four.
Over 72 hours that’s 18 litres per person or 72 litres for a family of four.
Over a week it’s 42 litres per person or 168 litres for a family of four.
Now have a read over those numbers again to let the amount sink in……
Your emergency water supply is such an important resource that it’s worth making a note of this.
How to Store Water
The easiest way to do this is simply to buy water.
It isn’t the most cost effective solution but if you grab a couple of 5 litre bottles as part of your family shop, then it will soon start to build up and be there when you need it.
Store Tap Water in Water Containers
Personally this is how I store water, by filling empty 2 litre bottles when we’ve finished off the lemonade or fizzy drinks for the week.
You can easily disinfect them first by adding a teaspoon of unscented bleach to one litre of water and giving them a damn good shake. (don’t forget to screw the lid on first! 😉 )
Rinse it out, fill with tap water and store.
If you have the opportunity then a rainwater barrel being fed by drainage from the roof is a no brainer.
Without purifying it, you immediately have a great source of water for rinsing and cleaning.
If you are considering drinking it then there are a few other things to consider.
You may want to have a mesh over any openings to reduce any dirt or debris from contaminated the source.
This is also a recommended safety feature to stop animals or small children from falling in there.
You will also want to filter and purify the water to make it safe for drinking first.