One of the first things that people think of when preparing for a disaster situation is storing water. Water is extremely crucial if you want to survive. A person can survive three weeks without food but only three days without water. Although water storage is forefront in many a prepper’s mind, there are five common mistakes that many make. The amount you store, where you store it, how long you store it, what you store it in, and the condition of the water are things you need to be mindful of when you store your water.
1. The amount you store
The recommended amount to store water is one gallon a day per person. But when you factor in cooking, hygiene needs, sanitation and increased activity levels, the amount should be closer to two gallons a day per person. If you have pets, remember to store water for them too.
2. Where you store it
Heat and sunlight can shorten the shelf life of water. If you store your water in a garage or a shed – don’t.
Keep your water in a cool dark place, like a basement or even under your bed.
3. How long you store it
Water can go bad. Algae and bacteria can grow in water, even if it is treated. Rotate or replenish your water every six months to one year. If you use a commercial water preserver, then it is five years.
4. What you store it in
Don’t store your water in used milk or juice jugs. The proteins and fruit sugars embedded in the plastic is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. A better “free” container would be a 2 liter soda bottle. Just be sure to sanitize it first.
5. The condition of the water
If you get your water from a well, don’t just put the water in a storage container and think that you’re done. Add two drops of non-scented bleach per gallon of water. This will kill any bacteria that might be harboring in the water.
With these common mistakes avoided, you will be sure to have a good water supply at a time where you need it most.