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So let’s get started.
you need water to live. Period.
When you are in the city and are preparing for water shortage events, what do you need to stock? According to Ready.gov ~ there is a minimum of a gallon of water per day per person for 3 days. I’m going to be BLUNTLY honest with you. If you lose power for a storm, are dealing with blizzards, earthquakes or other natural disasters… 3 days can be nothing. That is for drinking and hygiene. (and dont forget on top of your personal water storage, store for any animals you might have also!) (yes, I know you have a pond in your development, but so does everyone else, where else?). scope out the paper maps, be prepared to go to harder to find places, and be prepared by having it on hand ahead of time.
But… if you are going to store longer, you may need to plan on rotating and purifying!
You’ll want to check your water every so often, at least every 6 months. Water just can get gross, undrinkable or worse! Inhabited…
Also, you’ll want multiples of all of the below. In my head I hear, two is one and one is none… Don’t let this become like toilet paper, instead of playing “I dont have any! I need a leaf”. You’re playing, “I was prepared, I need to restock.” One is a whole lot less panicky then then other! Or worse yet, what if the emergency is blizzards and the pond is frozen, OR there is a chemical fire and what you thought would be your go to, isn’t. You need water storage.
I really like Rain Cachements ~ I can’t even understand how these aren’t legal everywhere but this is a truth. Double check your laws. You might be able to find “food grade” locally, BE SURE that you know what was in your bucket previously. You’ll then need to do the adaptations yourself, if you can’t find a clean bucket locally, this is my favorite. best reviews, decent cost. https://amzn.to/38dPJcm.
Multiple storage kinds. (see my favs below)
So I’m a fan of cheap, but let’s be honest, milk jugs just dont hold up over time. I personally do use old apple juice containers for water that is stored primarily for toilet flushing etc. Big family, lots of apple juice containers and it’s a thicker plastic, even thicker than the plastic from the gallons of water you buy (and yes, I have those too..)
Storage cupboard by each toilet ~ we have storms all winter long that risk power outages!
Next up blocks for water, I like these because sturdy, and the blue blocks light so things dont tend to grow as easy.
This is literally my fav set here for the price:
and check out this gorgeous system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM6a64ga8sE
Multiple Purifying plans! Now, some people think you treat it going in and coming out, personally I believe the bigger deal is coming out. I plan on BOTH purifying and Filtering if need be. You’ll want to have multiple thoughts here so here are some of my favorites :
The Aquamira Treatment is 4 years for 30 gallons for a great price. We have some bags we carry on the way, we have these tablets. one table does 2 quarts of water in 3o minutes. We carried these traveling internationally and we have them in our emergency bags! ~
Then you need a filter system *or 2!*. We have a Berkey. We live in the country and we filter everything we drink (hello farm run-off).
We have these LifeStraws in our storage. They are the best of the best for on the go.
So you can see water gathering, storage and cleaning can be very overwhelming. I’d love to hear from you if you have started this process and if this blog post has helped you figure out some steps!