This is a continuation of our Prepping 101 series. This article will focus on one of the most critical preps there is – water.
We’ve all heard the saying “Water is life!”. It is definitely a true saying. We have to have water to drink, to cook with, to clean and many other uses that we don’t even give a second thought to. Without water nothing else will matter in the long term.
You can store water in bottles, plastic jugs, canteens, water bobs and pretty much any other container that you can think of. One container to avoid for drinking water though is a milk container. No matter how well you clean the container there will still be some milk and/or chemicals that will leach into the water. So if I use a gallon milk jug for storage I just use that water to freeze for ice – I’ll put the jug in a cooler to keep other items cold. When the ice melts I still have a gallon jug of water that I can refreeze and reuse.
It’s important to rotate through your water storage so that the water doesn’t ned up with a stale taste. If you do have to use older water you can eliminate some of the stale taste by pouring the water from one container to another multiple times. This will oxygenate the water and help refresh it.
Here’s a video from Rogue Preparedness with many great ideas for water storage for preppers.
Collecting rain water using a 275 or 330 gallon IBC tote is another way to provide water for your needs. Some people also do this with smaller 5 gallon buckets or 55 gallon barrels. Find the solution that works best for you and build a rainwater collection system.
You can also buy water filters like a LifeStraw for use when you are camping, hiking or in a bug out situation. There are also filters for larger amounts of water like the Berkey water filters.
Another option to purify water is purification tablets or bleach. You can add a tablet to a bottle of water to purify it. Some people will use a few drops of bleach per gallon of water to clean it for drinking use.