Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water

Water is my "thing," and I know a gallon of ways to purify contaminated water in a pinch.  But nothing brings more health and peace of mind during a crisis than having the clean water you need in the first place.  Every household needs to store three gallons of water on hand per person at a minimum (one gallon per person per day for three days), and some sources now recommend seven days worth.  In my family, that would be 42 gallons.  At my house, we have used stored water several times due to power outages, boil orders, water main breaks, and plumbing work.  Here are some options that you can mix and match to meet your needs:

Option One:
Buy one case of 16 or 20 oz. water bottles for each member of the family.  At three gallons in each case, this supplies the basic three day supply that everyone recommends you keep on hand. Cases are convenient, stackable, and easy to use up by the expiration date. 

Option Two:
Purchase five gallon filled and sealed containers from a water service.  These can be quite heavy, and a water cooler/dispenser will really help when you're ready to use these.

Option Three:
Fill your own water bottles.  This cuts costs and makes cycling through water as simple as dumping and refilling.  Follow the "rules" to prevent bacteria growth.

Option Four:
Purchase a larger water storage container for bulk storage.  Large quantities of water can be stored easily.  Check manufacturer's instructions for location, safety, and other storage details.

Option Five:
Invest in a portable water filtration unit.  These can be expensive and require replacement filters.  (Some filter and some purify.  DO some research before you buy.)  You must have water to filter.

Water Facts:
  • Most people need to drink more than half gallon of water each day during average conditions while not sweating. (Talk to your doctor about your needs and expectations.)  Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugar when water is scarce.
  • If working in hot weather (approaching 100 degrees F), you need to drink significantly more water due to losses from sweat and respiration.  Cold weather is nearly as dehydrating as hot weather and water consumption should be increased.  Remember that too much water is serious.  (Talk to your doctor about your personal water needs.)
  • Infants on powdered formula need to maintain their regular type/brand of water, even a change of brands can upset their delicate systems.  And do not alter their intake or formula concentration without consulting a doctor, preferably a pediatrician.
  • During a water crisis, do not ration water to make it last longer.  Be certain everyone drinks what they need every day, then try to acquire more.  Dehydration symptoms are serious, life threatening, and difficult to correct without medical assistance.
  • has a nice article about water storage.
  • I found more than one site that described how to store water right before an emergency. This may work for a hurricane, but many emergencies have less warning (earthquake, tornado, water main break).  Always keep the minimum on hand!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with the use of the water dispenser at home. There are some who say that the gallon for water dispenser is not safe for health because it is made of plastic material. But in my opinion, this would be much better than we are directly using tap water that has no filter. But, we also have to be careful in using the water refills. Better to use a reputable brand and use the seal to get that clean water and proper consumption.