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A key case in point is water.
an essential component to life; it is not a fringe need. As humans,
we consume so much of it, yet plan so little for it in the future
because of its perceived abundance.
This article is about the preparation
for your future sustainability with regards to one of the most
essential elements to the human body.
The temptation to re-use milk or soda bottles should be avoided in most cases, as they can transmit bacteria and tastes to the water.
If you need them, you can use them as a
short-term water solution or for water that will be used often and
will be specifically purposed as short-term drinking water. You can
also use these used jugs to hold water for pets, plants, and other
uses, where public water access would not be acceptable in a major
event, but keep in mind the storage space concerns that come into
Container sizing will be an important factor, as well as stackability, structural integrity of the container, and footprint size. These factors will determine the realistic amount that you can store in the space you have.
that water is equally important to food and medical emergency
supplies, but much more is needed; adjust storage space to reflect
There are many reasons why you should
take seriously the proper storage, maintenance, and usage of your
water supply, not the least of which is that it will be your
lifeline in any scenario. An average human can only be without water
for a few days under normal circumstances.
Donít hesitate to throw in some small
bottles though, to help with rationing, should the situation dictate
that. While many organizations say not to ration water, rationing is
simply controlling access and usage of water, when there is no other
means of derivation of new water.
Remember one gallon of water is eight
pounds, making a fifty-five-gallon plastic drum will be immovable by
one person, so you must plan accordingly.
The next article in this series will
cover filtration and purification of water along with emergency
techniques for obtaining water, in case you are subjected to a more
You might even want to freeze a couple of bottles of water.
This can assist in keeping food spoilage
to a minimum in case of power outage. Rule of thumb when placing
water bottles in the freezer is to leave at least two to three
inches of space as water expands when it freezes.
It is highly practical, however, to use
water and replace it as needed every six to twelve months. Water
rotation is a great way to experiment and check the amount of water
stored against the amount of water your household requires. This can
also be a system used to check if any viruses or bacteria have
invaded your water as a result of not sanitizing one hundred
One gallon of fresh water per day for each person in your group.
You SHOULD plan for more like one and a
half gallons per person, while also paying a lot of attention to
alternate methods of water acquisition and working towards creating
a much more substantial store of water than you expect to reasonably
Theoretically, water has a use-by date,
but itís rare that sanitized and well-sealed water containers will
cause a bacterial problem, or even a taste and odor problem.
The odor and taste can be reduced by
using specific types charcoal to filter them out.
In the event that a major event happens (and you donít have toddlers which could drown easily), fill the tubs and sinks with water to extract the maximum amount of water before negative impact on the supply occurs.
Also fill up jugs and buckets if you have them to have fresh water available to buoy your total supplies.
If you make a ďportfolioĒ of water and
diversify it, so not too much of it comes from any one specific
source, it will guard against things like this.
Water is incredibly important - life sustaining, in fact. If you are not taking your water storage seriously, you are not doing yourself any favors. Be on the lookout for part two to this article to get some excellent tips and reviews on water purification and obtaining water in survival situations.
Itís relatively cheap compared to other parts of your preparations for off-the-grid living, and itís essential to work on your planning and get started as soon as possible.