When it comes to survival preparation, nothing is more important than water. While it is possible to live without food or even shelter for weeks, people need a regular supply of water if they are going to make it. In order to make sure you always have enough water, no matter the situation, it is essential to know how to store water safely for a long period of time. There are two types of long term water storage preparation, stocking up and finding & storing water naturally.
Stocking Up on Water
If you start storing water today, it is extremely easy to store it safely. This is because you can buy purified water, and keep it in the storage containers it comes in. Bottled water that you buy at the store, for example, is designed to be able to sit on the shelf for a considerable amount of time. Many preppers start purchasing a case or two of bottled water each week with their groceries, and store for an emergency situation.
If kept in a cool, dark area, these water bottles can keep the water safe for drinking for months or even years. All preppers should have at last a couple cases of water stored away for emergencies. At least enough to get through the first week or two until you can get to a point where you can start finding and purifying water for use in a long term survival situation. Of course, the more water you have stored the better, but a few cases of bottled water should be the minimum.
Long Term Water Storage
If you’re in a situation where bottled water is not an option, it is still possible to find and store water safely for a long period of time. There are several important things to remember when preparing water for long term storage, including the following:
- Remove Impurities – The more pure the water when you put it in a container for storage, the longer it will last. If you can filter the water, and kill any bacteria in it using bleach or boiling the water before storage, it will last a lot longer.
- Clean Containers – There are many different types of water containers that can be used for long term storage. Even something like old soda bottles can be cleaned out and used for this purpose. When cleaning containers for water storage, make sure to completely rinse out the bottle after washing it. Soap from washing the bottle can contaminate the water, leaving it almost undrinkable.
- Storage Locations – It is best to keep water in cool areas when storing it. A cellar or basement is ideal. In addition, keeping it out of the sun is also a good idea.
- Tracking Age – Water in containers won’t stay good to drink forever no matter what you do. With this in mind, it is a good idea to come up with a system to track the date it was put away for storage. Drinking the oldest water first will help make sure none of it goes towaste.
Knowing how to store water for a long time is essential to survival. Even if you live near water, it is a good idea to be able to store some away for emergencies. It is impossible to predict when a contaminant will be found in a normal water source, or when you’ll be unable to go to a local lake or river to get water. If you have water stored away, you’ll always be ready.
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