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Chlorox or chlorine bleach for water purification

Fema, the American Red Cross and others all recommend Chlorox, Purex or chlorine as a method for water purification in emergency.  These bleaches normally contain 5.25 – 6% chlorine.  Avoid using bleaches that contain perfumes, dyes and other additives. Chlorox has recently come out with a new product “Clorox Ultra”.  They have changed the concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite (chlorine) from 5.25% concentration to 6%, and they have added Sodium Hydroxide.  They are doing this to reduce the size of the containers.  Chlorox has stated that this is safe to use for water purification.

Common household Clorox Ultra, Chlorox, Purex or chlorine bleach may be used to disinfect water in the following amounts. …

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The Best Way to Store Water Part 2

Now that you have decided how much water to store, how do you store it and how long is its shelf life.  In theory if you put clean drinking water into a sterile container it should store indefinitely.   In reality it is hard to meet these requirements.  The method, I use is to put tap water into clean containers (I am on a municipal water system).  I then add a small amount of chlorox, 16 drops per gallon as a safety measure.  I then seal the container.  I know the chlorox will only last from 6 months to a year, but it will destroy any bacteria in the container and as long as it is sealed from contamination the water should be good.…

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