By Nicholas O. – Off The Grid News
You can be loaded to the max with all the gear and equipment in the world, but without water, you won’t survive three days.
Water is often the most overlooked survival item, despite being the most vital.
Stocking up on water may not be considered “fun,” but it should still be at the top of your list. First, let’s discuss what your priorities should be. How many people are in your group? Maybe you’re alone, or you have a family of six. As a general rule of thumb, you should have enough water set aside for each person to have one gallon per day.
If you can make it past the first three days of a crisis, then your chances of survival increase dramatically. Therefore, you should store or have reliable access to a minimum of three gallons of water per person.
Let’s look at your options:
Having clean water to drink and cook with is vitally important. For short-term storage, simply buying plastic water bottles and gallon containers from the store is certainly one way to stock up on large quantities of it. The water within the bottles have an indefinite shelf life, but the plastic containers certainly do not (after all, they have an expiration date as required by law). The shelf life of plastic water bottles is generally between one to two years, but it will be increased if you can keep all of the bottles in a dry, cool and dark location away from light and heat.
One obvious way to deal with the shelf life of plastic water bottles is to rotate all of your plastic bottles out every few years, but a more economical and simpler option may be to invest in containers that are designed specifically for storing water. These containers vary in size from 50-gallon immobile containers to small containers that you can carry with you. Having a variety of different sized water containers will come in handy.
Remember, for short-term survival you will need a minimum of three gallons of water per person, plus extra water for cooking and personal hygiene. But for the long term, you’ll have to increase your timescale from three days to several months. Yes, that’s a lot of water. Even if a natural disaster only lasts a day, the power grid can be out for weeks or even months. You’ll be glad you had all of this water stored properly if the need ever arises.
There are, of course, other options: natural water sources…Continue Reading this article here at Off The Grid News: How To Store All The Water You’ll Ever Need