Lets Talk Water Storage
Water Storage Info: I am sure that if you are reading this you already know how important it is to have water storage. After I read about Iowa City having to use bottled water it reminded me that perhaps we should talk on the subject some more. Store shelves can literally be emptied in hours! Water is so important! If this has not been a priority, make it one now! Its more important than food. Watch the video below for a good reason:
Storage Containers: There are many different ways to store water. You can buy tanks that are designed exactly for food and water storage such as Sure Water tanks. You can also buy new or used 55 gallon tanks. These work great if you think you might need to move your water storage, although 55 gallons of water is a serious task to move! You can even use old soda or juice bottles, you just have to wash them out and treat it.
CAUTION!!! Do NOT store water in milk jugs! They will break down and leak your valuable water all over!
Water Treatment: Here are some common quantities for various containers. Make sure the bleach you use in NON SCENTED! Just plain bleach.
- 1 quart bottle 4 drops of bleach
- 2 liter soda bottle 10 drops of bleach
- 1 gallon jug 16 drops of bleach (1/8 tsp)
- 2 gallon cooler 32 drops of bleach (1/4 tsp)
- 5 gallon bottle 1 teaspoon of bleach
How to Use Your Water Storage: I have been amazed at the number of people who have water storage, but no way to access it. No pump, no siphon hose, or no way to purify. Be sure you have pumps, bleach, and hoses that are put away and stay clean for when you need to access the 50 gallon drum of water. I would highly recommend a hand pump for these. Make sure you also have smaller containers laying around that you can use. You wont want to go to the basement to pump water everytime you would like a drink.