Apart from ensuring you have safe water when there is elevated terrorist alerts, emergency water storage is a vital initiative that prepares you for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and ice storms.
While most people quickly purchase distilled or bottled water during crises, a viable option for safe water is to store tap water. Addressed here are some valuable tips for emergency water storing and preparation to keep individuals and families stay prepared for such situations.
The following are easy-to-do guidelines to ensure tap water stays healthy while in storage:
Store a gallon of water per individual, for each day in a dark, and cool place.
On the average, each individual must drink two quarts of water daily. While people in warmer climates including children, nursing mothers, and senior citizens need more. Additional amounts of water should be put aside for food preparation and personal hygiene.
Ensure the water is clear.
Ensure that the water is collected on the days that it looks free of color or sediments. On some days, especially after a heavy snowmelt or hard rain, some tap water might contain residues or have a brownish color.
Choose the appropriate containers for emergency storage of water and disinfect before use.
Clean food-grade plastic containers, like soft drink bottles, are okay. Other options include enamel-lined metal or fiberglass containers. Do not use a container that was used to store toxic substances previously.
Containers for water must be rinsed with a diluted chlorine bleach solution before use.
Treating water with a chlorine bleach solution before storage helps to prevent the buildup of harmful pathogens or bacteria. Keep replacing the water after every six months. If the water is commercially treated, it isn’t necessary to treat it before storage. If you have a public well or water source that hasn’t been treated, ensure you disinfect the water before storage using a liquid household bleach made with at least 5.25% of sodium hypochlorite.
Do not use color-coded, scented bleaches or bleaches that contain soaps. The authorities recommend the following guidelines for treating water for emergency storage:
– Put six drops of unscented bleach into each gallon of water.
– Stir and allow to stand for about 30 minutes.
– If the water doesn’t smell and taste of chlorine after the 30 minutes, add a second dose of unscented bleach (the same amount) and allow water to stand for an extra 15 minutes.
– Seal all storage containers and label with date and content of the preparation.
Look for additional water sources.
Other water sources include water drained from water heater faucet, melted ice cubes, and water from flush tanks of your home’s toilets, as well as liquids from canned goods like vegetable and fruit juices. Some unsafe sources of water include radiators, waterbeds, swimming pools, hot water boilers, and spas.