We are Talking Water (Part 2) Water to Drink

a gallon of water a dayKnowing that I can no longer turn the kitchen sink handle to get a glass of water I must make sure there is enough potable water to drink over the next 30 days. But the question is how much is enough. I have always kept several cases of bottled drinking water on hand, but recently moving to Oregon proved that the water that I get from my faucet was equally as drinkable as the purified water I was purchasing at a premium price.

Our own Homeland Security Department recommends at least 1 gallon per day for each person in the family. Given the circumstances of knowing that we will be dealing with a stretch of 30 days and may have to assist other neighbors with certain needs I would recommend doubling that amount to 2 gallons per day for each person in your home. For just the two of us that would equate to 60 gallons of water.

5_Gal_Hot-CCOn my list I have included an inexpensive water cooler. This of course is optional but I find that it is a better way of easily using the water in the 5 gallon jugs. Even without electricity to cool the water it will still be able to free flow to fill whatever it is that you are using it for. Unless you intend to use it all the time even when not in a disaster emergency, I would recommend trying to find one that doesn’t work anymore. By posing an ad on craigslist that you are looking for one and are willing to pick it up an haul it away you can probably get it for free.

aquamiraI also suggest keeping two products on hand for water purification, Iodine Crystals and Halazone Tablets. Wikipedia has an excellent article about water purification which includes both of these products. If for any reason you do run out of water you will soon be searching to find it from any source. I would also include a good water filtration system like a Berkey. These systems can be a bit costly but if you really need to filter water they will become priceless. If a situation should arise where you find yourself in a position of having to harvest water or pull it out of a local river remember to filter, chlorinate and iodize it for at least 30 minutes before you drink it.

Drinking water should be the very first area of preparedness you should engulf upon as it is certainly the most important.

How long is bottled water good for? Indefinite. 

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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6 Responses to We are Talking Water (Part 2) Water to Drink

  1. kimberlysmyth says:

    Excellent post, great article at the end too!

  2. Florida Life Minimalist says:

    Down here in Florida we fill our bathtubs with water before hurricanes hit. A lot of homes also run on wells in addition to city water, and if installed really well, can be clean enough for drinking.

  3. I just got a generic Berkey for $92-same thing but it’s called Crystal Drop and came w/ Aqua cera filters [better than Berkey]. I am going to have to look in to filling my big tank as part of getting settled. I have some sort of community well water, but if anything goes wrong, it takes power for the well pump.LOL

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