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Water Preparedness For Beginners

water preparedness for beginners

Last week I discussed food preparedness for beginners so individuals could create an emergency food pantry. Now it’s time to cover water preparedness for beginners so you can be fully prepared for any emergency. Storing water can be a bit tricky but there are three main ways you can keep and/or use water when you desperately need it. This article assumes you do not have access to boil water.

Method #1 For Water Preparedness For Beginners: Bottled Water

The easiest way, but probably not the most cost-efficient way, of water preparedness for beginners is buying bottled water. And this is the method I suggest to everyone when they first start.

Bottled water is easy to store because the water is in sealed, plastic bottles. You don’t have to worry about its purity because the manufacturer handled that. Finally, the plastic bottles are easy to stack on top of each other or on shelves.

Depending on your needs, you can buy a case of individual water bottles or gallon water jugs. After experimenting with both, I suggest buying and storing the former. While you should have some gallon water jugs because they have their uses (like filling a toilet or washing/cleaning), their plastic degrades over time and it will leak. Many people keep their gallon water jugs in a storage container so if they do leak it will not damage its surroundings.

With food, you need to watch the expiration dates for your water. While water will not spoil as long as the seal isn’t broken, it can go flat and have a “weird” taste. If this happens to your water, you can still drink it but I would use it to make tea or some other beverage. You could also use it for cleaning.

Method #2 For Water Preparedness For Beginners: Water Purification System

The next step for water preparedness for beginners is to invest in one or more water purification systems. These systems purifies contaminated water sources so you can drink that water without getting sick and/or drying.

One of the cheapest and easiest system is the LifeStraw. These were originally created to give people in several Africa countries a way to drink contaminated water. I have two of the original LifeStraw devices which are mean for individual use: I keep one in my go bag and the other in a closet. The company also makes other devices for small and large communities.

However, if you want water purification on a larger scale then invest in a Berkey. These systems are quite large and can handle a small to very large family. However, you are going to shell out some money for these systems. The smallest container, 1.5 gallons, costs $249 USD.

If these two methods are too expensive for your budget then look into water purification tablets. For a good comparison of the pros and cons of the tablets on the market, view this website. The biggest con you will find with this method, however, is the lengthy amount of time it takes a tablet to purify water.

Method #3 For Water Preparedness For Beginners: Chlorine Bleach

The final method for water preparedness for beginners is to buy and store chlorine bleach.

I suggest this because you need a backup method just in case the others fail for whatever reason. Plus, bleach is very inexpensive and easy to store. Finally, it takes very little bleach to disinfect water. According to the EPA guidelines, you only need 1/2 teaspoon or 2/3 teaspoon to purify 8 gallons of water (depending on the strength of your bleach)!

The con of this method is, like the water purification tablets, you have to wait for the bleach to disinfect the water. You will have to wait at least 30 minutes before drinking and/or using that water for cleaning.


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Naomi Lane
2 months ago

Thank you Brittany for this excellent reminder. I always had a case of bottled water in the garage for emergency preparedness, but since we moved, I have neglected this. Also thank you for the bleach reminder. Most of us already have this in the laundry area. I worry about leaching plastic after a year so I would replace the water bottles annually.