How To Safely Store Water

Storing water as part of your emergency kit is essential. It is also important to include water into your home food storage.

So how does one properly store water?

First of all, you need to know how much water you need to store. According to FEMA
you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day in your emergency kits.
Some things to take into consideration are:

  1. Age, physical condition, level of activity, diet, and climate can all affect how much water is needed.
  2. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people need more water.
  3. More water is needed in very hot temperatures.
  4. Medical emergencies require more water.

One suggestion is to store water purification tablets along with the recommended amount of water.

Now on to storing water…

Choosing how you store:
The safest and most reliable supply of water is buying bottled water from the store. I have found that my local dollar store, The Dollar Tree, sells 1 liter and 1 gallon bottles for $1 or less.
The benefit to buying bottled water is you can observe the “use by” date.

Your second option is to purchase food-grade, water storage containers. These can be found at surplus or camping stores, or of course, on the internet!

You may also choose to use two-liter soda bottles. DO NOT use milk jugs, juice bottles, cardboard containers, or glass containers. Milk protein and fruit sugars can not be thoroughly removed from such containers and contaminate your water and provide an environment for bacterial growth. Cardboard containers are not designed for long-term storage and can leak. Glass containers can break and are heavy.

Preparing your bottles:
If you are using soda bottles or water containers, instead of commercially bottled water, you will need to clean your containers thoroughly with dish washing soap and rinse well.

Sanitize your bottles by mixing 1 teaspoon of non-scented household bleach to 1 quart of water. Put on the lid and shake the solution around in the bottle. Empty bottle and thoroughly rinse out with water.

Filling your bottles:
If your tap water comes from a water utility that has been commercially treated with chlorine (most city tap water) all you need to do is fill your bottles with your tap water.

If your water comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine,fill your bottles with your water and add two drops of non-scented household bleach to your water.

Tightly close your bottle with the original cap, being careful not to contaminate the inside of the lid by touching it.

Write the date you bottled your water on the bottle and store in a cool, dark place.
Your water should be changed every 6 months, unless using commercially bottled water.