The other night I watched an episode of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. The episode was about the 2012 prophesy and it made me think twice about how prepared we would be in the case of an emergency. Not necessarily the “2012” kind of emergency but one that could leave us without power for an extended period of time. A few years back we had a significant ice storm and due to our location at the end of the line in a rural area we were without power for over a week. Needles to say it was not a fun experience to live without power and running water. I have been pretty good about preparing for other needs and I realized I had forgotten one of the most important things…..WATER!
They say a normal active person needs about 2 quarts per day and we cant forget about or pets! That means that the typical few bottled waters people usually have around the hose wouldn’t last more than a day. Here are a few tips about storing water and some products that will help.
- Only store water in a food grade water container.
- Label as “drinking water” with a date
- Store water in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight
- Do not store water near gasoline, chemicals or pesticides
- Treat your water with a water treatment
- As with food storage you need to rotate your water storage as well for treated water it will stay consumable for 5 years. Other smaller containers of tap water should be rotated every year.
- Made from high-density polyethylene (food grade/ BPA Free)
- Comes in blue color to restrict light, which helps to control the growth of bacteria and algae
- Weight when full is approximately 480 lbs.
Includes the following:
- 55 Gallon Water Container (BPA free)
- Water Siphon (6’ long, 1/2” wide)
- Bung Wrench
- Water Treatment Solution
- Detailed instructions