Prepping 101 | Water storage and purification

Water storage and purification

The human body is comprised mostly of water. That's kind of hard to imagine when we look at ourselves and others, isn't it? Yet, our adult bodies are made up of approximately 60% water; and babies' bodies are closer to 75% water. Knowing that, is there any wonder that we need to consume a lot of water daily? In fact, when it comes to prepping we are advised to store one gallon of water for each person per day! Can you imagine the amount of space it would take to store one gallon of water for 30 days for one person? Just think about hard core preppers who are preparing enough food and water to last years? What if you have a family of 6, you would need an entire warehouse just to store your water!

Why do we need to store so much water? Well, for starters, that gallon of water a day is not just for drinking. It is also to be used for cooking and hygiene. According to nutritional guidelines humans should consume eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day. That's one half gallon of water for consumption for each person per day. Even if a person skips hygiene and cooking with water for a few days out of the month, that's still a lot of water needed. How on earth can that even be achieved? How is it possible to store that much water? Well, I will give you a few tips that will help you with this overwhelming goal.

Bottled water

The obvious tip here is to store as much bottled water as you have room for. That could be individual water bottles, gallon jugs of water, and those bigger water jugs with the spigots. If you run out of room in the house, use the garage, outdoor patio, or wherever you can find room for them. I would suggest if they are stored in the garage or outdoors that you store them up high where little critters can't reach them. You may also want to consider storing them in plastic tubs when storing them outdoors.

One thing that we had happen with some of our gallon water jugs was leakage. Over a period of time (a month or so) the leaking was noticeable. In light of that, I would suggest that you make sure bottled water is either stored on the ground/floor or that you don't have anything stored underneath them. We had some on higher shelves and had to take everything out that was underneath them and dry everythi