Home Water Storage
Home Water Storage
When considering preparation for emergencies and disasters, home water storage has to be a paramount consideration that needs to be given proper attention. In many cases, people mistakenly take water for granted thinking it is something that has always been and will continue to be available regardless of the circumstances. In more troubling cases, people go through the motions of storing water only to not do it properly so much so that safe storage is not actually being done.
In this post, we will talk about the basic tenets of home water storage in order to help those contemplating saving water in case a disaster should occur do it correctly and effectively.
1. Containers. The first thing to remember with safe home water storage is the medium in which the water is being stored. There are plenty of options, each with its own pros and cons. Metal containers, for example, are durable and sturdy but improperly manufactured ones can easily corrode over time. Metal containers also tend to give the water a tinge of metallic taste that is most certainly not a likeable option for many people. In contrast, plastic containers are also available but these tend to come in smaller sizes.
If you plan to store a considerable amount of water, metal containers are almost always the preferred option while smaller volumes are oftentimes stored in plastic containers. A suggested workaround to the problem of metallic taste in the water is to store potable water in plastic containers and water for household use in metallic containers. It would follow, of course, that the required volume needed for usage during the emergency period will have to be calculated and properly proportioned in the chosen container.
2. Disinfection. This requires no further explanation other than the fact that home water storage has to take into account the potential elements that may lead to contamination. In particular, thoroughly cleaning a newly purchased water container will help prevent contamination by biological elements which carry various kinds of illness.
3. Storage Area. Next to containers, the storage area is the second most important consideration for home water storage. It does not matter if you saved water ahead of time if you cannot use it for whatever reason when the time comes that you need it. A classic example is storing water in the basement which subsequently gets flooded thereby becoming inaccessible. Assess the disasters that are likely to strike in your area and adjust your water storage location accordingly. For floods, keep the water on a higher part of the house. For tornados, earthquakes and similar cases, keep it where you plan to take shelter during and shortly after the disaster has struck.
4. Regular Replacement Cycle. While water does not spoil or degrade over time, it is still important to replace the stored volume regularly. This will also ensure that the water is not contaminated while it is stored. Replacement of the stored water every 6 to 8 months is recommended for all cases.
Home water storage is a serious issue that should never be taken lightly. Review your water storage protocols for emergency and disaster situations and make sure to check that your water is safe, ready, and accessible any time you might find a need for it. It would also not be a bad idea to learn some of the emergency water purification techniques which can be found on this website.