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Having your own personal emergency water storage could save your life when a major-scale disaster happens. For those that are not prepared with water, it will be pure chaos.
Emergency water filters and a good supply of drinking water in storage containers, or water tanks, is an absolute necessity.
It is possible to survive weeks without food but only days without water.
Your focus on water survival and emergency preparedness should begin
with the following two steps:
1. Learning how to store enough water for your needs.
2. Knowing the different ways to purify water.
It takes so little time to prepare ahead for the unexpected and unimaginable.
Take the Time Now... and Just Do It!
Choose from the following choices to prepare your emergency water storage:
Fill the containers with filtered water (best).
Fill water containers with your household water supply (if safe for drinking).
The Emergency Water Filters Page explains why filters are an essential part of preparedness.
There are basically two grades of plastic containers: edible (used for soda, water, juice) and non-edible grades (liquid laundry soap bottles, etc), be sure you refill edible grade only.
Re-used edible grade bottles are a free, recycled resource, and therefore fit into everyone's budget. Re-using them keeps them OUT of the landfills.
NOTE - ALWAYS FOLLOW the 3 important sanitation steps below when re-using edible grade plastic containers.
DO NOT use gallon milk jugs for storage or drinking. They are designed to break down and biodegrade. Within six months they can start leaking in your storage area, and no matter how well you wash them, you can't get out all of the milk fats, which will leach back into your water. The same goes for cooking oil bottles. Toss them out.
DO NOT use old bleach bottles for drinking water. They are a non-edible grade plastic. If not thoroughly rinsed, too much bleach can become toxic to the system.
Important: All storage containers must be thoroughly washed, sanitized, and rinsed before filling for storage:
You should not drink flood water -
Take one of the following appropriate steps to treat water from any of the above sources to make it safe before drinking it:
Boiling: 1-3 minutes at a rolling boil (5-7 minutes at high altitudes)
Filtering: Below are water filter options that are available for your emergency water preparations:
1. Portable Emergency Water Filters
2. Gravity Drip Filter/Purifier Systems - No Electricity Required
3.Treating or Purifying: find options for both here
Emergency Water Storage Tips
Most people have at least one toilet tank, one bathtub and one sink to fill with water. Filling these can increase your emergency water storage supply to many more gallons than you would have had otherwise. (Put a piece of plastic wrap over the drain to slow any leaking.)