Water is a vital survival resource. Without water, you cannot live. Period.
Here are a few interesting facts about water:
- The human body is about 70% water.
- The average person in the US uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day, much of which is used to flush toilets.
- About 85% of US residents get their water from public water facilities; 15% supply their own water.
- By the time you feel thirsty, you have already lost more than 1% of the total water in your body.
- A healthy person can drink about 3 gallons of water per day.
You can see how vital water truly is for human life. This is why it is important to make sure you have an adequate water supply for you and your family during a disaster. Making sure each person has a three-day supply in their emergency bag is only a start. To be truly prepared, you should make sure you have plenty of water stored for the long-term.
One way to do this is to stock up on jugs of water from the grocery store. This water, however, has a limited shelf life. You will need to constantly keep it rotated because bottled water typically only has a shelf life of 6 months or so, depending on how it is stored.
A better option is to prepare water to be stored for long-term storage. Ideally, you will use 55-gallon barrels, but make sure these barrels are safe to store water in. Often you can find free barrels, but they have probably been used to store chemicals. Even if you wash them out, they are not safe for water storage.
Instead, get barrels designed specifically for water storage. These barrels are designed to block UV rays to prevent algae growth.
Before you seal your filled water barrel for storage, make sure the water is treated with Water Preserver. When added to your barrel of water, Water Preserver is guaranteed to keep your water storage ready to use for five years, and kills bacteria, viruses, fungus, and mold.
Make sure you have these important water storage tools for your preparedness plan.