Storage of your
Drinking Water in an Emergency
By Joseph Parish
Most survivalists if solicited as to the primary item
which they would store up on for an emergency it has to
be water. You should always plan for at least one gallon
of water per day per person. With this requirement for
fresh drinking water in an emergency you should have some
idea as to what you can store that water in.
You could rush to the store and purchase the gallon jugs
of water similar to those which milk products come in.
These fragile and thin jugs tend to leak after a couple
of years. I personally have had them leak within 6 months
of purchase so I have slowly eliminated those type of
containers from my emergency food storage. I do not even
use them for my dry foods such as beans or rice.
Several people have commented that they have tried using
the jugs that windshield washer
fluid comes in. They claim that if you let them sit idle
for a month and then replace the liquid that they are
safe as ever to use. They state that this procedure gets
all the blue liquid out. I personally may be too cautious
but I would not recommend this method nor would I use it.
The best method to use is the one that works successfully
for you. Some people will use barrels to store their
water in while some will use the five and seven gallon
plastic jugs. I personally use the two liter soda
bottles. A word of warning here is do not keep these
bottles for any extended length of time unless you plan
to put a few drops of bleach in each. Try to refresh the
water contained in the bottle on a scheduled basis.
You should not use any type of jug that did not
originally have a food substance in them. These
containers are not food grade and are not safe to use for
your drinking water. Keep in mind that not all plastics
are food type plastic. Toxins from the plastic can leach
into your water and quickly poison your family members
and yourself. The rule to follow here is Be careful. As
an example Bleach bottles should not be used for water
Even though there are many plastic bottles that you can
not use for drinking water there is no ruling which would
forbid you from using them for other liquid purposes. You
could safely use empty soap jugs for washing water
storage. Since it already contains remnants of your
favorite laundry detergent in it there is no problem
here. They also seem to store fairly well.
The new style bottles which have spigots attached would
be useful for releasing small amounts of washing water as
you need it. This is a great product in the event of a
power outage. Although it is not an excellent source for
disinfection type washing it is a splendid item by itself
to lightly wash your hands with.