Water: The Most Important Prep
Water: The Most Important Prep
Besides Air, the human body needs water and plenty of it to function. That is why water purification and storage is the most important prep you can make for your family before disasters occur.
3-Gallons per person per day for drinking, cooking and hygiene is the rule of thumb. That sounds like a lot of water and storage especially if you have a large family and have to survive for an extended period of time. So what do you do? How do you purify enough water? How do you store the purified water?
There are many different ways to purify water before you store it. From natural filters like charcoal and sand to tablets, particulate filters, UV and Infrared as well as reverse osmosis. Each of these have their benefits and drawbacks but that is for another blog.
All of these filters and purification are great but you need the actual liquid to filter in the first place. Hopefully in a time of need you live near a water source, have a well or maybe you at the least have a boil warning because of a broken pipe somewhere in the system. So if you are blessed to have the opportunity to harvest some water from these sources then you are in good shape to start with. Another way to get some H20 is to have a rain catch system and storage like rain barrels.
Now, you have the water, what would work best for 1-person to filter and store water? The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is good because of its life span which is around 100,000-gallons. Another item that is good for one person is the Berkey Sport Bottle which is 22oz and with dirty water can filter 160 bottles worth before the filter has to be changed. It can filter 640 bottles of municipal water and keep you going until services are restored.
Say you have a family of 4 and need some easy filtering and storage. The Berkey Crown Filter System would be a good choice as it stores up to 6 gallons of water and filters water rather quickly when you use all of the filter elements offered.
Maybe you use the old charcoal, sand and gravity trick where you pour the grey water into the top of the bucket and let it filter down through the layers of charcoal and sand and have it drip out of the bottom and collect it in a bucket. Now that it is in the bucket you might want to treat it again with one of several germicidal tablets.
One of those germicidal goodies is the Aquamira water purifier tablets. All you do is drop it into the particulate filtered water and let it dissolve for 4 hours and it should kill at least 99.99% of bacteria, viruses and cysts. Another version of this is the Coghlans Two-Step drinking water purification system. All you do is drop two tablets into a liter of water, shake the liter container and let it sit for 5 min and shake again then let it sit for 30-minutes before consuming.
Now that you have all of this clean water, where do you store it? The more clean water you have the better and there are many different ways an products to store clean water.
You have to make sure you have a safe way to store your drinking water. This means that you have some BPA-Free storage containers. BPA is Bisphenol-A, an estrogen-imitating chemical commonly found in plastics. So get BPA free containers in which to store your drinking water. Several of those containers are for your bathtub, or are stackable, on wheels or the size of oil drums.
The first container is the WaterBob which is a giant heavy duty bag that sits in your bathtub. It has a pump and can hold up to 100-gallons of drinking water. The only drawback is that you lose your bathtub. Another water storage container is the Waterbrick. This is a storable and stackable water 3.5-gallon container. These are easy to fill and even have a spigot attachment you can buy to make it easy to fill smaller containers.
There are a few larger portable containers on the market that are good to have and can be used for camping or picnics as well. One of those is the Reliance Hydroller which is a 8-gallon water container on wheels with a handle. It is pretty easy to wheel around when full. A more economical version is the Reliance Aquatainer 7-gallon container that is also stackable which makes these highly useful and efficient. Reliance Anti-Gravity pumps are also available for the Aquatainer to make getting the clean water out of storage.
Many other water purifiers and storage containers exist and should be researched before making a purchase for your family’s security. The purchases should be made so that you have everything in place in case of unforeseen disasters occur in your area.