How To Properly Store Drinking Water For Emergencies
Clean drinking water is something that should always be in the home. The Center for Health and Nutrition recommends that 8 ounces of water be consumed 8 times daily to maintain healthy hydration levels. When the power goes out or natural disasters hit, the amount of drinking water in your home must be enough to keep your family supplied. How much water is needed for your family and how do your store it properly? Here, you will find the answers to those questions to help you prepare for those unexpected events.
How much water should you store for emergencies?
Recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that you store at least enough water for each member and pet in the household for a minimum of three days to two weeks. Store at least one gallon of water per person per day. For example, if you have four in your family plus two dogs, you need to store 18 gallons to get you through three days.
Note: If someone in the household is pregnant or nursing, additional water should be stored. Pregnant and nursing mothers require more water intake daily to remain fully hydrated.
Where do you store the bottled water?
For best results, bottled water should be stored in cool, dark areas. Consider storing it under your basement staircase, in a cupboard, or even in a freezer or refrigerator. The cool, dark conditions are needed to protect the plastic containers that the water is stored in.
Do not store your bottled water in any areas that also store chemicals or household cleaners. The chemicals can emit vapors that can be absorbed by the plastic water bottles and the water could become contaminated.
How long can bottled water be stored?
In nearly every case, if you purchase bottled water from a supplier or in a store, the water will come stamped with a date. Oftentimes, the water is good for six months after bottling. Mark the expiration date on your calendar, as well as one month prior to expiration. If the date is approaching, buy replacement bottled water and consume the water that was in storage. This way, you are sure to have good water in the case of an emergency.
Preparing for emergency situations before they occur can help protect your family from the insanity that can arise as the emergency is happening and for the days after. Talk with your local water supply company to set up an automatic shipment every six months so that you have clean water ready for any emergency.