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Using the following water storage guidelines:
(1) each family should provide a means for BULK STORAGE of water for all uses(drinking, cooking and personal hygiene) which would last at least three to four weeks.
(2) For a family of four, this equates to a need for 500-600 gallons of water to last a month.
(3) For a family of two(seniors, young married.), that number would be around 300 gal.
For your family, multiply the number of family members by 150 gallons and add 30 gallons for each large pet. A retired couple with a large dog would therefore require around 330 gallons per month.
Three techniques for storing this amount of water are available:
(a) plastic jugs of the 1-gallon to 5-gallon variety
(b) plastic 30 or 55-gallon drums
(c) inflatable, heavy-duty food-grade plastic storage bags
TRANSPORTABLE PLASTIC JUGS AND PUMPS
One or two five gallon water jugs would normally be suitable for short-term drinking water needs. However, in the case of an extended emergency, where one could expect to be without all types of safe water for 3-4 weeks, close to 250, 1-gallon jugs of purified water would be required for a family of four for drinking water alone for one month.
This may be impractical. Adding water for sanitation and other domestic uses makes the problem becomes even more difficult with small water jugs.
Using larger water containers such as 5-gallon jugs will reduce the number and probably some of the physical storage space required.
It may be wise to store a few gallons of pure distilled water obtained from a reliable grocery store to ensure that you will have at least a few gallons to start with until you can adjust to a routine during the emergency.
Storing tap water in soft drink bottles is not recommended unless the bottles are cleaned from any prior product and rinsed/sterilized with 3% hydrogen peroxide. The remainder of the necessary water for the month will need to be stored by other means.
HERE IS THE EMERGENCY WATER ITEM EVERY HOUSEHOLD SHOULD HAVE AVAILABLE...PERIOD!!
BUY ONE FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER WHO DOES NOT LIVE WITH YOU - WE WILL DROP SHIP.
Pump as shown above for 3, 4, 5, and 6-gallon water jugs: $25.95 - ORDER HERE
Size: ~2' round x 3' high.; available in 30 and 55 gallon sizes
Construction: Durable, FDA-approved materials
Cost: ~$50-$80 per drum(for 30 to 55 gallon sizes), plus shipping
Accessories Required: requires hand pump(~$25.00) to extract water from drum.
RECOMMENDED SOURCE: UNITED STATES PLASTIC CORPORATION: see http://www.usplastic.com.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Drums which have previously held food or beverage products should be avoided due to possible bacterial infestations. Also, storage drums which are merchandised as "FDA APPROVED MATERIALS" may have contained products which would prevent the subsequent use of the drum for water. Sometimes the drum contains markings saying
"not for reuse with water or food products".
You may not see this notice until after you purchase the product(as I did some time ago with some "FDA material drums") and it is too late. Check with the distributor and find out what use the drums had before they were made available for the present market. For that reason we are not recommending specific vendors for this type of storage system.
If the distributor cannot provide that information, select another method, namely unused, inflatable water storage bags such as those described below. Storage drums which have been used for other food products such as honey or other organics are not safe for long-term water storage due to the preponderance of organic material available for biological activity. Check it out---better safe than sorry later.
In general, we do not recommend this type of container due to the high probablility of prior product use in the container. We recommend polycarbonate bottles or the inflatable water storage bags illustrated below.