There is NO Survival without Water

When it comes to survival there is no greater need than clean water. Dehydration happens FAR quicker than starvation. You can go 30 days or more without food but only 36 hours or so without water before feeling the effects of it. In the initial stages of a survival situation water is more important than food.

If you are in the city there are many concerns during an emergency situation. It depends on the situation but city water supplies are vulnerable to contaminants via ruptured pipes, bad filtering systems, sabotage, and any other number of events or issues. People generally take water for granted in the United States but if an emergency situation takes place, natural or man made then the water supplies will become suspect.

So what should you do about this? The easy answer is to store water in case of an emergency. states;
You should store at least one gallon of water per person for three days. A normally active person needs about three quarters of a gallon of fluid daily, from water and other beverages. However, individual needs vary, depending on age, health, physical condition, activity, diet and climate.

Personally, I believe that when it comes to water, considering it’s importance, each family member should have 3-5 gallons per person, per day, as a minimum. This way you will always have a good supply and if the emergency extends for several days or weeks you can always ration the water out. At least then you will not have to search out a good water supply. As a side note, do not forget your pets. Insure that you have enough water stored for them as well. For dogs, 1/2 to 1 ounce per pound of body weight, per day should be sufficient.

Many people buy bottled water from their local store in either the 8 – 20oz. bottles or 1/2 gallon plastic containers. The large containers are not designed for long term storage and should be transferred to a sealable containers. You can usually find these in the camping section of your favorite outdoor store. They usually come in 1 and 5 gallon sizes. The smaller size bottles will often times come with an expiration date but are generally good for up to 2 years. If you have water delivered by a water company, they generally state that their water and containers are good for up to 5 years, IF they are factory sealed and stored in a cool dark location.

When storing water in plastic containers be sure to have it above ground. DO NOT WATER STORE ON CEMENT FLOOR. If stored on cement the concrete could leech chemicals into the water and degrade the container itself. Use a wooden pallet or shelves and store in a cool dark location. If you’re not using bottled water which you purchased then be sure you treat it correctly to ensure it is safe to drink after time. Without treatment it will become contaminated with bacteria and algae.

Water Treatment Methods

  1. Put in 8 drop of pure unscented liquid bleach per gallon of water. This will reduce the contaminants in the water. You should do this as soon as you store the water away.
  2. Add 2% Tincture of Iodine to the water. 12 drops per gallon. Double this dose if the water is cloudy.
  3. Boil the water for 5 minutes at sea level. If above sea level boil for an extra minute for every 1000 feet above sea level. Double this time if the water is cloudy.

In a pinch you can get water from your water heater. Make sure the water is cool (unplug or turn off the gas). Open the drain valve at the bottom and fill your container. There will most likely be some sediment at the bottom of the tank and the first bit of water coming out will be dirty looking, just continue to drain until it is clear.

Last but not least is a WARNING. NEVER drink pool or spa water! These contain many toxic chemicals.


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