How To Stockpile All The Water You’ll Ever Need
How To Stockpile All The Water You’ll Ever Need by: Rich M for Off the Grid News
Of all the supplies we stockpile for emergencies, storing water is the most difficult. The biggest problem is the sheer volume of water that we need to stockpile in order to ensure that we will have enough to see us through an emergency. We use more water than any other single consumable. This means that our water storage needs more space than even our food storage. Yet, most people don’t store enough of it.
Let’s start by looking at how much water the average person needs for survival. Pretty much any survival instructor you find will tell you that the average person needs one gallon of clean, purified water per person, per day for drinking and cooking. That’s fine if you live in a temperate climate. But if you live in the Southwest, in southern Florida or southern Texas, it might not be enough. In the high temperatures and blazing sun of those areas, you can sweat out a gallon per day.
But drinking and cooking aren’t the only ways in which we use water. We use it to wash our clothes, our bodies, our dishes, and our homes. In addition, we use it to flush our toilets, brush our teeth, and water our gardens. All in all, the average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day.
Obviously, we won’t be able to do that in a survival situation. However, we won’t be able to fully ignore those other needs, either. Those of us who are gardening to augment our food stocks can’t and shouldn’t stop watering our gardens, just because we don’t have tap water. We also need to maintain at least a minimum level of cleanliness, just to maintain our health.
So, I would say that for most families, a figure of three to five gallons of water per person, per day is a much more realistic figure. Of that, the only part that needs to be purified is what we use to drink. Even then, we’re going to have to be very careful about how we use that water. Washing machines and automatic dishwashers will be totally out, as will nice long baths and showers. You’ll have to flush the toilet with grey water or not at all.
Where Should Your Water Come From?
You can buy purified water in the grocery store and stockpile it for emergencies, but that’s not the most cost-effective way of stockpiling water. At about one dollar per gallon, you’ll end up spending a lot of money to have enough water. It’s even worse if you buy bottled water because you are paying for the individual bottles.
The advantage of buying pre-packaged, purified water is that it is probably purified to a more stringent standard than that which comes out of the faucet. However, there are ways of making it pure yourself. Two popular purifiers on the market, the Berkey and the Sawyer, will both purify water for much less than it costs to buy purified water from the store. In fact, they are even cheaper than buying your purified water from the corner water kiosk.
Purifying your own water may seem like a lot of extra work, but if you’re putting the purified water into some sort of tank, it’s really not that bad. I’ve done this for years and it really doesn’t take all that much time.