There are several ways you can go about making an emergency water supply, so you always have some at hand.
It’s not something many of us think about or even do, but it’s a good idea to store some clean drinking water in case of an emergency. It’s tempting to think your existing running water supply will always be there, but disasters can happen and there’s usually little or no warning, and you never know if your supply could be affected. It could be cut off or contaminated, meaning you have no drinking water for the household and leaving you scrambling for bottled water at the stores as their stock quickly runs out.
In an increasingly complex and environmentally imperilled world where anything can happen at any time, it’s best to be prepared so that you and your family won’t suffer if disaster strikes and you have peace of mind. So how to store an emergency water supply? It’s relatively simple and easy and won’t take much of your time. Here’s a brief guide to setting up your own emergency water supply.
How Much Emergency Water Will You Need?
When you’re thinking about having your own emergency water supply in the home and perhaps also in the office or elsewhere, the first thing you need to do is work out how much you’ll need. There’s little point in storing large amounts of water that will take up lots of space when you need a lot less and can place containers in a smaller area.
As a general guideline, store at least 1 gallon (3.78 litres) of water per person in your household and have enough for at least three days but preferably a week or even two or more. It’s recommended that people drink up to half a gallon, or two litres, of water per day, so it won’t last long. If you live in a hot country, you’ll need to add more than that, and you should consider the needs of people in your house who may want more water than others, such as those who are ill or pregnant.
Storing an Emergency Water Supply
When you’ve decided approximately how much emergency water you need, you next have to work out how to get it. You can go to the store and buy up water in bottles large and small, but you’ll have to bear in mind their expiration date. The water itself won’t go off, but the plastic containers might put it at risk of contamination due to the chemicals they’re made of — over time they may leach into the water.
Another solution to establishing your own emergency water supply, and one that many people adopt, is to store tap water in large containers. You can store the water in such everyday items as empty glass bottles that you’ve thoroughly cleaned, but they’re likely to be too small and so not of much use in terms of having sufficient amounts for at least three days or several weeks.
When choosing large containers to store tap water, make sure they’re of food grade and haven’t been used for toxic chemicals such as weedkiller — no matter how much you clean them, some harmful residue may remain. You can visit places like your local camping store to see if they have anything suitable, or you could look online and order there.
Another method is to take water from air — a sustainable solution that’s mostly all around us. The air, after all, is full of humidity, and atmospheric water generators like we make at Eshara Water extract it and make it safe for drinking. They do this by filtering the water and then briefly treating it with ozone and ultraviolet light to ensure there’s nothing in the water that might be harmful to human health.
It’s water any time, anywhere, and whether there’s an emergency or not.