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 everything out.

Fifty five gallon water storage containers

Another option or addition to your water supply storage would be to purchase several fifty five gallon water storage containers. You can fill those with tap water! They are available for around $70 - $90 on Amazon by clicking on the image to the left or you may be able to find them at a tractor supply store or similar stores.

Before filling with safe water, use these steps to clean and sanitize water storage containers:

Wash the storage container with dishwashing soap and water and rinse completely with clean water.

  1. Sanitize the container with a solution made by mixing 1 teaspoon of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach in one quart of water.

  2. Cover the container and shake it well so that the sanitizing bleach solution touches all inside surfaces of the container.

  3. Wait at least 30 seconds and then pour the sanitizing solution out of the container.

  4. Let the empty sanitized container air-dry before use OR rinse the empty container with clean, safe water that is available already.

You can also re-use them if you are in the middle of SHTF by setting them outside to collect rain water. Just be sure you use a water purification process before using the rain water as drinking water.

Bathtubs for water storage

Almost all of us have bathtubs, don't we? When you know that something is going to go down that you will have to rely on your emergency food storage make sure (if you have time) you fill all your bathtubs and sinks with water right away. They don't have to be spotless clean because you can use a water purifying process before drinking the water. The average bathtub holds around 80-90 gallons of water. That would go a long way toward your survival goal.

A water BOB (water bladder for the bathtub) can also be used to ensure that your bathtub water is safe for consumption. If you use a water BOB you won't have to bother with making sure the water is purified and drinkable because you lay them right in the bathtub and fill them with the water faucet. These are available for around $35. Water Bobs are available on Amazon, you can check them out by clicking on the link above.

Water Purification

You may have noticed that I mentioned water purification above. You may, at some point in your survival find that you are in a situation where you are without available drinking water. You may have to find a creek or river to obtain your water, or you may have filled containers with rain water, or that bathtub wasn't clean when you filled it with water. If that is the case, you will need to purify the water in order to drink it; that, or you or a family member may become deathly ill. Also, a subject that we haven't touched upon yet but plan to in the very near future is called "bugging out". Some of you may already be aware of that term. But, if you have to bug out you will definitely need to make sure you have adequate means to purify any water that you may find. In the next few paragraphs I want to address some of the different types of water purification available.

LifeStraw: LifeStraw drinking straws are one of the most popular ways to ensure that the water you are drinking is safe to drink. The LifeStraw pictured to the left is the original ones that were made. They are still being manufactured and are readily available. LifeStraw claims these straws will last through 1,000 gallons of water! We have one for each of us in my family. The LifeStraw is available for around $20. Of course, you can find them on Amazon, just click the image to the left. However, I do want to provide you with a link to their website so you can see how they work and get a better understanding of the product. They also have other water purification products available. To go to the LifeStraw website, click here.

Another popular brand of water purifying straws is the Sawyer Mini. These are a great size to have in your Bug Out Bags! They are smaller than the Life Straw (only 7 inches long) and will filter up to 100,000 gallons of water. You can check them out and/or purchase them by clicking on the image to the left.

My family members also each have one of the Sawyer Minis to keep in their Bug out Bags.

Water purification tablets: Water purification tablets come in two types of packaging, they're either in a bottle or in packets. They also come in different water to tablet ratios, so you want to be careful when you use them and make sure you have the correct ratio for the amount of water you are using. Water purification tablets can be found at Walmart in the camping section or at most, if not all, hunting, camping, and fishing stores; and of course on Amazon, just click the image to the right.

Household chlorine bleach: You can also use unscented chlorine bleach to purify your water. Make sure the bleach is no more than six months old as the active ingredients start to deteriorate after that amount of time and it would not be safe to use for drinking water as it would not be able to properly purify it. To use chlorine bleach to purify your water simply add two drops of bleach per quart of water. Stir well and let the mixture stand for a half hour before drinking. So, if you've been using a scented chlorine bleach, I suggest in the future you buy the unscented kind.

Well, we covered a few of the basics regarding water storage and purification, I hope it has helped you. In upcoming articles I will be talking about bug out bags (BOBs) and preparing homemade MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Oh, and I may touch on what SHTF means. If you want to know about something I haven't covered here yet you can leave a comment below, contact me on social media, or leave a message for me in the Contact Me section on my About page.

Happy prepping, and God bless!