I know I’ve been blogging quite a bit about the emergency water supply I’m trying to put together at the new residence, so I anticipate this will be my last major post about the topic for a while.
Now, that being said, I want to share with readers some helpful information I’ve recently come across concerning the long-term storage of this water.
First off, I wanted to ensure that when I socked my emergency water away, I’d be doing it “correctly.” I found comprehensive instructions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, under “Water-Related Emergencies & Outbreaks,” “Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water.” Topics covered include:
-Create a Disaster Supplies Kit
-Prepare an Emergency Water Supply
-Water Containers (Cleaning and Storage)
-Make Water Safe
-Finding Emergency Water Sources
You can view this info on the CDC website here.
Second, I had heard that when storing water long-term in containers like my new Moeller Scepter and WaterBricks, I needed to use bleach/other chemicals to prevent the water from going bad. Apparently, this might not be true. From the American Red Cross/FEMA publication Food and Water in an Emergency:
Filling water storage containers
Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.) If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water.
(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)
A quick check of my water provider revealed tonight that my tap water is indeed treated with chlorine. Great. No chlorine bleach needed then.
You can read that FEMA/American Red Cross publication here.
Next, I mentioned previously that I’d be purchasing commercially-bottled water as part of my preps. But I wasn’t sure if purified water or spring water was the better choice for an emergency water supply. Then I came across an article entitled “Water For Health And Longevity” by Lawrence Wilson, M.D. Dr. Wilson, a nutrition consultant, recommended spring water, saying:
The best water to drink is usually plain spring water. In my experience, it does not matter if it comes in plastic bottles… I have found pure spring water to be the best type of drinking water in many cases because it hydrates the body well, and it supplies many needed minerals. Overall, it is clean and healthful when approved by the government, and it has other invigorating properties due to the natural processing it has been through.
Spring water it is then. As a matter of fact, after reading last night what Dr. Wilson wrote, I headed out to the Walgreens just down the street from me and picked up two 24-bottle cases of Ice Mountain spring water ($7.19 with tax) for my stash.
You can read Dr. Wilson’s article here.
Finally, I’ve been curious about how long I can store the water for. To answer this, I utilized the CDC website again. Under “Water-Related Emergencies & Outbreaks,” “Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water,” “Prepare an Emergency Water Supply”:
Observe the expiration date for store-bought water; replace other stored water every six months.
Those cases of Ice Mountain spring water? The packaging says the water’s good until January 2015. Nice.
Well, that’s it for my emergency water supply for now. Time to clean, sterilize, dry-out, and fill all those water containers up, and store them and the bottled spring water in my cool basement.
If you’d like to share any helpful info concerning the storage of emergency water, please feel free to comment.
(Editor’s note: Links added to “Resources” page)
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