With summer approaching and high temperatures once again breaking records. It’s safe to assume there will be some crisis. Or, in some cases, the electrical companies must turn the power off during extreme weather events like wildfires or rolling blackouts.
Prepping does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. The only thing you should be preparing for is maintaining your basic needs. After all, once the power goes out, you risk your health, food, and overall livelihood. Tbh, there are many ways you can survive a short-term disaster with very minimal inconvenience. In this post I wanted to strictly focus on water resources and storage.
Keeping Water On Hand For Emergencies
When the power goes out, you can bet so do the water treatment facilities. Because they use electricity to pump the water, once the power is out, your water may no longer be safe for drinking, personal hygiene, or cooking. When that happens most will turn to boiling water or other resources, having water stored ahead of time can circumvent this situation.
If we follow the recommendation of emergency organizations, each person will need a gallon per day per person. That means a family of 4 would require 28 gallons a week! Can you imagine what the grocery stores would look like if a crisis were to strike now? Well, we don’t need to imagine it, we’ve been living it on and off for the last couple of years. It’s so much easier to pick up a few gallons every time you’re heading to the grocery store, rather than wait for a disastrous situation.
Building An Emergency Water Supply
To start, you really need to think about what type of container would be the safest for long-term storage. Plastic containers that are polyethylene-based plastics, or plastics #1, #2, and #4. All food-grade plastics are made of High-density polyethylene (HDPE) #2. You can also use glass bottles as long as they haven’t stored non-food items. Stainless steel is another option, but keep in mind you won’t be able to treat your stored water with chlorine, as it wears down steel. It’s important that you seal and label your water stating what it’s used for and the expiration date. Store the containers in a cool, dry, and dark place for up to 6 months. Though its flavor can change over time, it’s still considered safe to drink if properly stored.
Store Bought Water
Although buying pre-packaged water would be the easiest route to stock up on your emergency supply, it is slightly more expensive (depending on the brand) than using tap water. It’s also cleaner, well-sealed and already comes in food-grade plastic. More importantly, bottled water is highly portable, which comes in handy if you need to bug out. This is a great option if you have limited space in your home or apartment. All you need to do is buy a bunch of packages and store them under beds.
Reuse, Reduce and Recycle
If you care about the environment and are not interested in purchasing more plastic. A great alternative is using old soda and Gatorade bottles, so as long as you properly wash the previously used bottles. It’s a great way to recycle, and you’re getting the very same benefits without making the initial purchase.
Larger water jugs (in the 5-7 gallon region) that you would normally take camping are also a great option for water storage, and the blue water jugs have an added bonus of restricting light, which will help prevent the growth of algae.
Certain chemicals found in plastic can leach into bottled water over time, which could potentially damage your health. Therefore, it’s probably best to avoid commercially bottled water that’s far past its expiration date.
Always remember to practice good habits regarding water storage and consumption for you and your family’s safety.