The importance of water
It is commonly known that the human body can go for up to three days without water. While that may be true, I sure don’t want to go without water and neither do you. The importance of water for the body is a great one, to help keep us hydrated and in good health. Think about that refreshing drink you take to replenish after some hard yard work. Now imagine this is a SHTF, or bug out situation. SHTF water will be a very important during this time, without is a bad position for you to be in.
While consumption is of big importance, so is hygiene. Without water for proper hygiene and general cleaning purposes it can have an affect on your health just like not having enough water to stay properly hydrated. The average person today uses up to 100 gallons of water per day, while some of us may use varying amounts, this is still a lot of water for one person.
The major difference between drinkable water and cleaning water is the water for cleaning doesn’t need to be potable.
You will definitely want to be ahead of the game when it comes to storing water properly. The last thing you want is a bunch of water stored that is no longer good for consumption.
One fact of water that you never be able to get around, is the weight of it. With a gallon weighing in at roughly eight pounds, the amount you will need is going to get quite heavy. It also takes up space. As much as we would love to find someone to compactly store our water storage. It’s not going to happen. It will be heavy and large.
There are a few different ways that you can store your water depending on the amount you wish to have at the time. If you are just going to a hike, or a scouting mission you can probably get away with a bottle of water or one of those CamelBak back packs. If you are trying to store water for your home or in your bug out location you will much larger jugs ranging from a one gallon jug, five gallon jug, and even 55 gallon drums.
Portability of your water is important so that you can move it with you when/ if you have to leave your location. Once you fill up those large drums they won’t be able to be easily moved. So this is something that you want to take into consideration when you are setting up your water storage. It may make more sense for your situation to store water in smaller jugs that can be easily carried, or loaded into a vehicle in a short amount of time.
There is no such thing as having too much water on hand. Water is not going to go bad but you will want to use the FIFO (First In, First Out) method. Even if you believe that some water has gone bad, make sure you don’t dump it out. This water can be used for laundry, bathing, and gardening.
Storing Tap Water
If you are on your own well, you will want to add a few drops of non scented chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. This water should already be drinkable so only a little bit will do the trick to keep it potable. If you are on city water, chances are that it is already treated well enough to store, but if you don’t trust the water from your municipal you can add a couple drops to that as well. Make sure to store in a cool, dark, and dry place.
Where to start when stocking up on water
The advice I would give to new preppers and people who are just generally trying to prepare. Is to start with bottled water. We already know that bottled water is safe, and can be easily transported or stored. You can keep a few in your car, some in the garage, couple in the kitchen, stacks of cases in the closets, etc… The point is you can pretty much put these anywhere. This is nice when you’re trying to keep them out of view from family members who may drink them and don’t expect an emergency situation.
No matter how you start stocking up on water whether it’s water bottles, one gallon jugs, or rainwater from your gutters. The important part is you get started stocking up on water.
Remember all the water bottles and potable water you store should be saved for consumption only. Your stored water will be your crutch when SHTF before you are forced to look for alternative water sources. Bathing and laundry can wait until you can find some concrete plans to acquire water. Don’t use all your drinking water on cleaning your clothes.
You can find more about alternative water sources when SHTF here.