Everything you Need to Know about Long Term Water Storage

Disasters, natural or manmade, can happen whenever.  If one happened where you lived, would you have enough water supply to last meet your needs until you had access again to fresh running water?

When it comes to water storage, the general rule of thumb is that you should have one gallon of water per person, per day; and half of that gallon being used for hygiene  and the other for drinking.  With that being said, how many days worth of water storage should you plan on having and how to do you store water to make it viable when you need it?   To help answer these questions and more, we have listed below all of the guidelines you would need to follow for successful long term water storage.

Long Term Water Storage

How many days without water should you prep for?

According to FEMA, you should have enough water on hand to last you three days.  But most often, water is shut off for much longer than that.  So a good rule of thumb to follow is planning on having water storage that can last you two weeks.  Which is the equivalent to 14 gallons of water for one person.

What do you store your water in?

When it comes to storing water, you either want to use food-grade plastic bottles or plastic water barrels.  You could also do glass bottles.  Just make sure that your glass bottles have never stored non-food items in them.  But whatever your store your water in, make sure it is in something that has a sealable lid.

How do you store your water?

To make sure you have long lasting drinking water, follow these steps…

  1. Thoroughly clean your containers with soap and hot water.  If the containers you’re using once had food in them, clean them out with a cleaning solution of 1 tsp liquid household bleach for every quart of water.  Swish around to touch all surfaces, then rinse.
  2. Put water in your containers then place the lid on making sure not to touch the inside of it so you can avoid potentially contaminating your water.
  3. Label your container with the words “drinking water” and also make sure to put down the date you bottled your water.
  4. Store water in a cool dark place.  Light and heat can damage containers.  And sunlight can also cause algae or mold to grow.
  5. Check on your water supply every 6 months.  If you notice your plastic containers become cloudy, scratched, discolored, or scuffed, replace them.

And that’s it!  If you ever need to use the water you’ve stored, make sure to use what you open within 1-2 days if you are storing it in a room temperature space or in 3-5 days if you are refrigerating it.