Drinking Water Storage Tanks
Drinking water storage tanks are integral components of a sound emergency survival plan. When disasters like flooding or an earthquake hit a particular area, water is often one of the primary resources that becomes unavailable. In today’s world there is also the consideration of man-made disasters such as can strike during civil disorders or war. Consequently, the restoration of water services along municipal or city lines can be delayed because of the prioritization of efforts towards rescuing or administering aid to people affected with the disaster. A drinking water storage tank is the best way to ensure that sufficient water is being set aside so your household is best equipped to handle the disaster without losing access to drinking water.
The first question when planning to put in drinking water storage tanks is the size of the tank and the corresponding volume of water that it contains. Normally, the size of the tank is influenced by many factors including the needs of the family over the period the disaster is expected to last versus the size and corresponding cost of purchasing such a tank. Finding the ultimate sweet spot between these three factors can help maximize the value of the tank without incurring extraneous cost.
•The volume of drinking water needed by your family is a function of the number of days your family will have to depend on the stored water. Moreover, your location – whether you live in a tropical location or in one with a milder climate – also influences your family’s water needs. A good estimate, according to survival experts, is to store 1 gallon of drinking water per person per day but this can easily increase to 2 gallons per person per day if you live in a location with a hot climate.
•The size of the tank, consequently, presents problems in terms of where you intend to store it. Ideally, tanks need to be supported by a suitable civil structure just within the periphery of your house. The bigger the tank is, the bigger is the required civil structure if it is to withstand calamities like earthquakes. The height of the tank is also a consideration if you are living in a flood-prone area.
•The total cost of the project for drinking water storage tanks becomes the most prohibitive factor for many families. Big tanks can easily cost thousands of dollars and this is not something that all families can afford to spend. Drinking water storage tanks in the range of $500 to $700 is a more sustainable investment and these tanks often contain about 300 gallons worth of drinking water, enough to last a family of 5 for up to 2 months.
In addition, other factors worth considering include the material of construction of the tank, the source of potable water, and the required purification methods for the water. The latter two topics are complex enough that they require their own posts. As for the material of construction, there are multiple options but stainless steel is the preferred material of choice because it is light enough, is highly inert or unreactive to water, and is readily available commercially.
There is no doubt that drinking water storage tanks are a worthy investment if you are concerned with your family’s wellbeing during an unexpected calamity. If you are truly serious with your disaster preparedness, you can never go wrong with setting aside some money to purchase and install drinking water storage tanks in your home.