Water Storage 101
No matter where you live, storing water is an excellent way to prepare for possible bumps in the road. Without this vital product, man can die in a matter of days, so why take unnecessary risks and rely on the government to do the right thing? The problem with storing water is that many of us simply place some in a few containers and then forget about it. But if the correct measures are not adhered to, you may as well be flushing it down the drain. We've listed some of the most common water storage mistakes in this article and hopefully you will read this before you make any of your own.
Storing water for future use is an excellent practice to follow, but think about how much water you really need. Each person requires one gallon every day and that should be the benchmark to follow when storing the good stuff. Remember that this is the bare minimum and if you need to undertake any physical activities, that amount could be doubled in no time at all. Also think about your household pets and people who may not be very well. So 2 gallons per family member would be a far safer amount to stick to.
Straight From the Tap?
Even if you live in an area that has fresh and drinkable water, don't use this for your storage purposes. Add 2 drops of chlorine bleach to each gallon in order to kill those pesky bacteria. But check first with your municipal supplier, they may have already got this important feature covered.
Will it Stay Fresh?
Despite following all of the guidelines for storing fresh water, you should replenish the supply every 6 months. Algae and bacteria are incredibly powerful germs and they can be very persistent in their efforts. You may be able to get hold of some store bottled water, but even this only has a shelf life of a few years. The risk of drinking bad water is far too high to even consider, so be vigilant and you'll have drinkable water for the whole family.
Those old milk and juice containers may be a cheap option for storing your future water supply, but you could be making a huge mistake. As well as left over milk protein and fruit sugar hanging about, the plastic itself may not be made to last more than a year or two. Pick food-grade plastic bottles for the purpose and always use bleach to sanitize the container before pouring your valuable water into the vessel.
Even once you have ticked all of the boxes regarding the container and water treatment, the storage destination still needs to be given some serious consideration. Sunlight and heat can affect your water in a bad way and you should ensure that you find a suitable location that is not affected by either of these conditions. Somewhere cool and dark is best, so perhaps your basement or a large closet could do the trick nicely?
So long as you stick to these guidelines, you will be preparing for whatever may come and looking after your family in the best way possible - GoodLuck!
The author of this article, Jonathan Wilkins, is a part of the team at Rhodes Pump Service, leading providers of well water drilling services in Connecticut. Jonathan is an ardent photographer and hones his photography skills whenever he gets the time.
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