Do you have a water supply set aside for emergency use? If you are like most Americans, it hasn't really crossed your mind, or at least, it hasn't worried you enough to get a storage started. In fact, 57 percent of Americans don't have a water supply of any kind. Storing water for a rainy day is incredibly important and is something every household should have. So whether you are a little experienced in water storage, or if you might begin one soon, you need to know how to correctly store the water so it can be of use if and when you need it. Here are just a few tips on how to correctly store water in your home.
Amount to Store
Our bodies are approximately 60 percent composed of water. Water helps to flush toxins out of the body and helps create a healthy environment for tissue. Because of this, water is probably what you need most in a home storage. It is recommended that 14 gallons be stored for each person in your household.
You can purchase water storage tanks from various stores including emergency essential stores. When doing so, make sure your tank is UV coated and does not allow light to get in. Light can increase the possibility of contaminant growth in the water. In addition, you'll want your tank to be BPA free, so BPA doesn't leak into your water. And of course, make sure your tank is plenty durable. Check for cracks and potential leak areas before purchasing the tank, so you don't have any surprises when you fill it up.
Once you've purchased your water tank, make sure you wash it with mild dish soap and clean water. Of course, you'll need to thoroughly rinse it before filling it with water to drink.
It is definitely a good idea to purify your water. You may want to boil the water before putting it in the tank. You will also want to chlorinate your water. You should use eight drops of liquid household chlorine bleach for every gallon of water. Treating your water will certainly help you avoid any hazards untreated water might present.
If the day does come when you need to use your water supply, you may notice that it tastes a little odd. If you have rotated it like you should, which is recommended every 6-12 months, you should be just fine to drink it. To improve the taste, you can pour the water back and forth between two containers. Doing this increases the oxygen in the water and helps it get a better flavor back. If you are still concerned about the health and safety of your water, you can choose to boil the water again. You can also use filters, whether backpack filters or otherwise, to purify the water.
Getting a water storage together really is not too much work or headache, but it will certainly come in handy if you ever do experience an emergency where water is not easily accessible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food storage supplies.