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Choosing Your Water Sources

In an emergency, you may have to consider the use of alternate water sources.  Assuming you have a functional water filter, you want to extend it’s life for as long as possible, regardless of who manufactures your system, use the cleanest water available.  If the water is dirty and contains sediment and plant debris, I would filter as much material out of the water as possible prior to running it through my filter.  This will help extend the life of my filtration system.  This can be done in many different improvised ways, some as simple as straining it thought a cloth. …

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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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The best way to store water Part 1

For a lot of people water seems to be one of the things they have the hardest time storing.  I hear all kinds of reasons, the big one being “I don’t have the room”.

When you plan water storage, your first consideration should be how much do I need.  For just minimum survival, you need to plan on one gallon a day per person. Today you are using  in the neighborhood of 180 gallons a day, per person.

What kind of water sources would you have available if the water system in your area failed completely?  Do you know where all the water sources in your area are? …

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