Emergency PreparednessWATER STORAGE and PURIFICATION


Part of good emergency preparedness plan for a family household should include water storage and knowledge of it’s purification.  This downloadable six page pdf covers many different aspects and options of water storage.

A good  rule of thumb is to store at least one gallon per person per day for drinking but you should double that for hot weather conditions or higher altitudes.  A family of four should store a minimum of 12 gallons of water for three days.

Each pet should also have a gallon of water per day.

You will want to add more water per day for cooking, personal hygiene, washing dishes and  sanitation .

It is better to have more water than less.

Stored tap water should be rotated every 6 months. Prepackaged bottled water should be rotated once a year. Store containers in a cool dark place. Do not store in direct sunlight.

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If you do not store water for your family and an emergency occurs – here are a few last ditch options:

  • Drain water from your plumbing system

  • Open the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater and salvage the water stored in the heater – it holds thirty to sixty gallons.

  • Rainwater, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and natural springs – you must treat water before drinking.

  • As a last resort, you can use water in the reservoir tank of your toilet but not the bowl.

Click here to read about Water Storage and Purification:



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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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