Emergency Water Tanks
Emergency water tanks are something very few people own. However, they have been found to be life savers in many disaster situations where a safe water supply is unavailable for extended periods of time.
In many countries where there is a large supply, water is taken for granted until a disaster strikes. Only then do many people realize the reality of one very important fact – Without clean, disease free drinking water you can only survive for a very limited time. This is especially true if the weather is extremely hot or cold or if you come down with an illness that causes vomiting, diarrhea or other body dehydration problems.
An active person needs to consume at least two quarts of water per day. If they live in a hot environment this amount could easily double. Nursing mothers, children and those who are sick need even more.
In an emergency situation it is wise to have no less than a gallon of water per day per person stored in emergency water tanks, pouches or containers to last for a two week period. This should provide enough water for not only nourishment but for food preparation and hygiene.
When preparing emergency water tanks they should first be washed with hot soapy water and then rinsed thoroughly. Once this is done they can be sanitized by putting a tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach per gallon of water and rinsing them again with this solution. Be sure and include the cap. After the container or containers have been sanitized rinse them again with clean water.
When you add the water be sure and put the date somewhere on the container. If stored properly your emergency water will have a very long shelf life but most people like to change it every six months to a year. As a safety precaution it is best to add around 6 drops of chlorine bleach per gallon of water to keep any bacteria from growing in the water.
Large emergency water tanks are used extensively by the military as well as state and federal agencies when unforeseen disasters occur. This means they are available for sale on the market for anyone wanting to be totally prepared in the event a disaster of some kind occurs in their area. However, almost any type of plastic or glass container that has been sanitized can be used for the storage of emergency potable water.
One way of keeping a good supply of water is to use large tanks to harvest rain water. Rain water is pure and when set up correctly an occasional thunderstorm can keep your tanks filled with potable water to use not only in emergencies but anytime. If you are in an area with a lot of rain you can even use it for washing clothes, dishes and bathing.
If a disaster strikes and you do not have emergency water tanks or containers prepared there are ways to find and purify water. If you are interested in keeping your home prepared for an emergency you should read a few more of our articles on emergency water purification as well as other information we have on the topic.