Emergency Water Storage Containers

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Emergency Water Storage Containers

In the event of an emergency, clean drinking water may become scarce or unavailable. It is therefore best to be prepared for such an eventuality by storing an emergency water supply. It is recommended that your emergency water supply be in such a quantity as to ensure each member of the household at least half a gallon of water per day for at least a week. This fact should be taken into consideration when you are purchasing your emergency water storage containers.

Emergency water storage containers should be of adequate size or number to meet the daily requirements of all family members in an emergency situation. A half a gallon of water per day is just a guideline but a larger amount of water should be stored if there are infants, pregnant women, elder individuals or sick people in the household. There should also be a water provision for the pets in the house as well as for cleaning and sanitation.

The safest and best emergency water is the bottled kind that is bought in stores. However, this can be a tad expensive, particularly for large households. Therefore, it may be necessary to store the water yourself to save on cost. The first step in storing emergency water for your family is buying the correct number of emergency water storage containers. These containers can be found at emergency supply shops, camping specialty shops and at surplus stores.

The emergency water storage containers are mainly made of food grade plastic. Sometimes glass containers and bottles are also used. You can also convert some the plastic containers in your house into emergency water storage containers. These will typically be containers that contained food, juice or soda in them. You should never use containers that previously contained poisonous or toxic substances such as household bleach, or containers that contained milk.

The bottles for water storage should be sealable.

Store bought emergency water storage containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Before buying any one of them, you can carry out a research on suitable containers from any of the disaster management sites to settle on what size and type would be best for your purposes. You should consider factors such as amount of storage space available (for the containers) and the quantity required when purchasing the containers.

Before storing water in the containers, they should be washed thoroughly in warm, soapy water and rinsed completely. You can further sanitize the bottles by adding a few drops of chlorine to the rinse water. The bottles should be allowed to air dry before filling them with water. Your emergency water storage containers should be clearly labeled for the purpose of the water as well as the storage date. Water bottled at home should be changed every 6 months.