As preppers we all know that water is one of most important items that we want to have stored. Beginning preppers often want to get started putting together a water stockpile at home but do not know exactly how to get started. Long term water storage at home can be rather simple if you take some time to use the proper containers and storage techniques. First thing you need to do when you start prepping for your home water stockpile is estimate how much water you will need. One gallon of water per day per person is the minimum required amount but it is recommended for preppers to store two gallons of water per day per person. Water gets used up very quickly and it will amaze you how much you can use during a day. Once you have figured out how much water you need its important to know how and where to store it safely.
Here are some good and bad ideas that all preppers will want to consider when putting together a prepper checklist for long term water storage at home. As always these are simply recommendations and you can add to them as you see fit.
Good Water Storage Ideas
- Prepacked Disposable Plastic Bottles – Regular bottled water u purchase at any store but remember they can eventually leach chemicals so you need to replace them regularly(every six months recommended).
- FDA approved containers – They come in sizes ranging from 5 gallon to as large as 55 gallons.
- Stainless Steel water container – Be sure to only store non chlorine treated water in these as chlorine is corrosive.
- 2 Litre bottles – These soda etc bottles are great for water storage and are durable.
- HDPE “#2″ Containers – Made of safe non leaching plastic and a often used choice by many preppers.
Bad Water Storage Ideas
- Plastic Milk Jugs – These are tough to get clean enough to remove all chances of bacterial growth.
- Glass Jars or Containers – Avoid them if possible as they are too easily damaged and broken.
- Old Chemical Containers – Even after good cleaning harmful residues often remain and can last for years making them unsafe.
- Unapproved Drums/Barrels – Many drums/barrels are not safe for long term storage even though they seem safe make sure you stick with approved water storage units of this type.
Remember that any containers you plan to use for your long term water storage should be cleaned very well with soap and water before using them. Also make sure when storing your water to avoid any areas that may contain gasoline or kerosene as the vapors from the fuel may permeate through your water containers. Also rotating your water stock about every six months is recommended by many preppers although certain storage selections will keep water safely for much longer. Also when possible be sure to boil and treat your water after it has been stored for an extended period of time to insure it is safe before using it. Hopefully these guidelines will help to make your long term water stockpile safe and reliable in case of a disaster or doomsday scenario.