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How to Store Your Own Emergency Supply of Water

How to Store Your Own Emergency Supply of Water


[Shelley Searle] One of the most important ways you can
prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency supply of water. [Frank Reed] This is because we can live for weeks without food but we can only survive for a few days without water. Now, you may have heard the recommendation that you should have a three-day supply of food and water in the event of an emergency. [Shelley] But, here in the Pacific Northwest the general rule is to have one gallon of water per person per day in your home to last you 14 days. You may need more than that if you have pets or people with special needs. [Frank] This is because experts
predict that we in the Pacific Northwest are long overdue for a major earthquake
and if this earthquake were to happen it could actually severely damage our water
system and other infrastructure. [Shelley] When this occurs it could take two weeks or longer for emergency supplies to reach our region. [Frank] We must be able to rely on
our own resources until these emergency supplies come. [Shelley] If you think that this
sounds like a lot of work – and a lot of water – for something that may or may not
happen in our lifetime, think about it this way: [Frank] by preparing for an earthquake
you’re also preparing for other types of emergencies that could happen. There are two ways to store your water. The first is to purchase bottled water the second
is to use your own containers don’t reuse milk jugs or juice jugs
if you use your own containers you will need to sanitize them before filling
here’s how use dish soap and clean water to thoroughly wash your container and
its cap then rinse well with clean water mix one teaspoon of liquid chlorine
bleach not the scented variety with four cups of water then pour the bleach water
into your container replace the cap top and tighten vigorously shake it for at
least 30 seconds making sure that the bleach water covers all of the surfaces
of your container pour out the bleach water and let your empty container air
dry now you’re ready to fill your sanitized container with water step one
is to fill your container be careful not to touch the opening with your hands or
the faucet as this might contaminate your water or the container make sure it
is filled to the very top step two vary slightly depending on where your water
comes from if your water comes from a well or other untreated source you will
need to add bleach to it before capping your container for each gallon of water
add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach if your water comes from a water provider like your
city you do not need to add bleach because the water is already treated be
careful not to touch the bottom or inside of the cap as you place it on the
container and make sure it is on snugly label and date your container so that
you know when it was filled replace your water every six months or so daylight
savings time is a good time to remember to do this or rotate it out when you go
camping stir your water in an easy to access location that is ideally cooling
dark for more information on the types of containers to use where to store your
water and how often to change out your water visit regional h2o org
you’ll also find printable versions of the instructions covered in this video
and other information and tips to help you get prepared now it’s time for you
to get your kit together the regional water providers consortium created this
instructional video as a courtesy to provide general suggested guidelines for
how to prepare an emergency supply of water at home the consortium is not
responsible for any ill health effects or damage to your home from following
the instructions described in this video if you have concerns about following
these instructions and/or doing any of this work yourself please purchase
commercially bottled water

7 thoughts on “How to Store Your Own Emergency Supply of Water”

  1. Please don't store the water inside the house if it is in a plastic jug! The previous owners of my house did just that and the jug apparently degraded over time which caused the it to leak. When we tore out the carpets, we had to deal with expensive black mold. If you are storing water where it might freeze, you need to leave space for expansion.

  2. Excellent video content! Sorry for chiming in, I am interested in your opinion. Have you heard about – Proutklarton Protecting Aqua Plan (Sure I saw it on Google)? It is a smashing one off guide for getting prepared for a mega drought minus the hard work. Ive heard some incredible things about it and my good mate called Gray at very last got astronomical success with it.

  3. You do know that you don't store water on the ground right!?and you don't use milk jugs or other bottles other than the water barrels and containers needed because of bacteria no matter if you cleaned out with Clorox because plastic is poras so please watch a lot about store water before deside there accuracy thanks

  4. I used these exact same blue jugs to store water long term. After three years almost all (10) of them were leaking or had leaked.

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