Scientists say that our bodies are made up of 70% or more water so that makes Water the most precious thing we have. I'm sure you already know that people can live without eating for weeks at a time. But no one can live without water for longer than three days.
While the weather is still on the mild side, purchasing bottled water before any disaster happens will keep you and your loved ones safer than taking for granted that you will have water coming out of your faucets when an emergency situation strikes. If you leave your home during an emergency you may find that the stores are empty and you have nothing, so prepare early.
How Many Days Do We Store For?
Because I am speaking about emergency situations I am going to focus solely on short term storage of water. Officials have stated to store three days worth of water. Personally, I say store up to three weeks worth of water. Why? Because in an emergency situation you won't know when or if the government will respond in time to help you out. Assistance may not come for a few days or even a few weeks. And if drinking water in your city or town might be contaminated, to be honest, boiling contaminated water is not good enough. You are not going to want to wash yourself or any family members in contaminated, poisoned water, much less drink it.
Preparing before hand will give you some peace of mind.
How Much Water Do We Need Daily?
Once again, officials say that we need one gallon of water per person per day, and one quart of water per pet per day.
But why one gallon of water per day? It sounds like a lot to consume. We know we are not going to drink the whole, one gallon of water per day, but, we do need that extra conserved water, for sanitation, washing up our selves, our teeth and cleaning dishes, surfaces and our pets bowls.
Purchasing and then hauling three weeks worth of water into your home and storing it is daunting. But you can do this a bit at a time. A gallon of water weighs over 5 pounds. I know some of you are living in small upstairs apartments without elevators but you can still store enough for emergencies.
Purchase your gallons on days that you aren't doing your regular grocery shopping. bring home a gallon or two at a time. If you have a car a and belong to a big box club you can go and purchase a case, or cases of water, in smaller bottles.
Be sure to store your bottles of water away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight.
I purchase Ozarka bottles because they are very sturdy. I have found that Ozarka has made their water bottles, in the one gallon jug with the easy pour handle, able to stack on top of each other very nicely. Where I live, they cost about 30 cents more per gallon for the water, but other water companies, though they may price their bottles less, place their water in the cheaper more flexible plastic bottles. But I have purchased the bottles with the cheaper plastic and found that over time the water leaks out of the bottles and you've wasted your money. I'd rather pay a bit extra for a bottle that is more rigid and will stand the test of time.
There is the issue of rotating your bottles of water. For short term storage, having your water stored for under 6 months old should be just fine. But when you know your water has been stored for about 6 months you should start to use it, and purchase some more. Why? Because even though it's just water, it's in a sealed bottle, it can go flat and tasteless. There is the theory that if you pour flat tastless water from glass to glass it can be aerated. I haven't tried that yet. But I will experiment and place the results of that in a later article.
The best way to know how old your water is, is to write, in black marker on the containers label, or if you buy a case or cases of water, the date you purchased it on the wrapping. It will be easier to rotate your store of water.
What If You Don't Have a Lot of Space to Store Water?
That is a good question. There are many who live in small apartments, or have small homes. Some of you may be able to store your water under your bed, on the back wall of your closet, behind your couch.Brainstorm to find the best way to fit extra water bottles or cases in your home. For some having a store of water sitting out in their living room or bedroom may be inconvenient but imagine how convenient it will be for you when you don't have to leave your home during a winter storm, because you prepared earlier.