Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Storing water for Emergency Purposes

It’s easy to take our water supply for granted- especially when living in areas that have a higher abundance of water. But the unfortunate truth is- disaster can strike at any moment… hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. Having an emergency water supply is essential for personal comfort, and in many cases, for survival.

It is recommended that you store at least one gallon of water per person for each day for drinking and cooking, and an additional gallon for bathing and cleaning. Children, nursing mothers, those who are ill, and those that live an active lifestyle will need more than the recommended amount, and if you’re living in a hot climate, you will need almost double. You should also store extra in case of a medical emergency. It is suggested that a family of four store between 500 and 600 gallons of water, which could last about 1-2 months.

Water should be kept fresh to ensure that it is safe for drinking. suggests that you store plenty of water and familiarize yourself with methods of maintaining that water to assure that it stays clean. "Every six months, or so, empty the water you're storing and replace with fresh water. Use a hose approved for drinking water, as commonly sold to RV owners and farmers."

Water should be stored in a food-grade container, that is also washed and thoroughly rinsed before use. Tank Depot's premium polyethylene water tanks use resin which complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation 21CFR 177.1520 (1) 3.1 and 3.2 for storage of potable water. Water purifiers and tank sterilizing units can be used to make sure the water remains safe for human consumption.

Water should be stored in a cool, dry location away from gasoline, kerosene, pesticides or similar substances. If properly stored, it will last longer, but still must be replaced every 6-12 months. It is also a good idea to store some water in a freezer if possible. Water kept frozen should not be filled to the brim of the container, as ice will cause it to expand.

Tank Depot Water Tanks can be placed on any FLAT, firm, level surface for simple installation. Water Tanks are lightweight and can be rolled by hand into place. Care should be taken not to damage Inlet/Outlet when moving water tanks.

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