Emergency Water Pouches
In an emergency situation, the last thing you want to be without is clean, microbe-free drinking water. For this reason, many people who live in areas where natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, or hurricanes are common occurences, choose to keep a supply of emergency drinking water.
Sometimes buying bottled water from the super market is not the best idea if you intend to store it for long periods of time. While most bottled water has a taste that many people consider to be more “clean” or more “fresh” than tap water, the purity regulations for bottled water are not nearly as strict as they are for tap water.
In fact about a third of all bottled water contains contaminants ranging from harmful chemicals like arsenic to microbes. If a microbe is stored in a bottle of water over a long period of time it is possible for it to replicate and evolve into something very harmful, if it is not already. For this reason, many people choose emergency water pouches over bottled water when it comes to emergency drinking water.
Emergency water pouches have much higher purity standards than bottled water.They also take up less space, making them perfect for storage. The only minus about water pouches is they are fairly expensive and often come in small portions. While this can be great for hikers and explorers of the wilderness, it is not always the best option for storing an emergency water supply in your home.
It is cheaper for many people to put together their own emergency water pouches. The materials you need to do so are water (obviously), a stove or other source of heat, a pan, heavy-duty sealing plastic, chlorine bleach, and a vacuum sealer. Once you have these materials gathered, you should boil as much water as you intend to store in a single pouch. 32 ounces is a reasonable amount to start with. Boiling the water will kill any harmful microbes.
Once you have boiled the water, add a few drops of the chlorine bleach and mix it in to ensure the lasting purity of your water. After you have added the bleach, freeze the water you have just treated. Once it is frozen, use the sealing plastic to construct a pouch that will hold your frozen chunk of emergency drinking water. Once the ice is in the pouch, vacuum seal it and store it away in whatever space you have designated for it.
The purpose of freezing your water before storing it is to ensure that once the ice has thawed into water again it has plenty of room to expand if your heat goes out in an emergency situation and the water freezes again. All of your effort and foresight will do you no good if your emergency water pouches burst.
However, as stated above, not everyone needs to store large amounts of water. For some hikers, buying pre-made, pre-treated water pouches on the Internet is more cost- and time-efficient. Just keep in mind that treating water is not that difficult, and neither is making your own pouch to store it in. The important thing is if you live in an area where being without water is a frequent risk, you should have a backup supply.