Do you have adequate water supplies to see your family through an emergency scenario? It’s important to always have water on hand in case of even a short outage. While many preppers store plenty of water, some make tragic mistakes in their storage methods and it results in water that is unsafe to consume. Here are 5 deadly water storage mistakes to avoid as you prep your water stash.
1. You Don’t Have Enough
While most people recommend storing a gallon of water per person per day, this is realistically not enough. You have to also consider how much water you will need for cooking, flushing toilets or washing hands, and basic hygiene. Plus, you are likely to need more water to stay hydrated when you are in an emergency situation where activity levels are higher than normal. If you have pets, they will need water too. With that in mind, aim to store well above the recommend one gallon per person to insure you have enough.
2. You Stored It In the Garage
Water should never be stored in the garage or an outdoor shed. Exposure to heat or even sunlight can shorten the shelf life so choose to store water in environments that are dark and cool. Basements are a perfect choice, but if you don’t have a basement, you can shove several gallons of water under the bed and it will be just fine.
3. The Water Is Old
It’s a myth that water supplies will last forever. Water can go bad and you can get a deadly mix of bacteria and algae in your water supplies if you don’t treat it properly. Make sure you rotate your water storage so it always gets used up every six months to a year. Each week, add a new stock of water to your storage and pull some of the old water out to use.
4. You Stored It In the Wrong Container
Choose your water storage containers with care. Sometimes people think they can rinse out old milk or juice cartons and fill them with water. This is a bad idea! The sugar and proteins from the former liquids can actually embed in the plastic jugs and create a perfect storm for bacteria to grow. If you really want free containers, opt for two liter bottles. After they are empty, wash them thoroughly with soap and hot water before filling with clean, fresh water.
5. You Didn’t Treat the Water
If you get water from a well, it has to be treated before it’s ready for storage. Just add two drops of plain unscented bleach to each gallon and it will kill the bacteria that could be lurking invisibly in the well water.
If you avoid these five most common mistakes, you will be on the road to smart water storage. Don’t make your family sick! Learn to store your water correctly so you will be prepared if an emergency strikes.