Animals in general
(see chart on this web page)
About 1 cup
5 to 10 gallons
½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day.
Men 13 cups Women 9 cups (Mayo Clinic)
From our June 2012 Wauna EP newsletter:
Here is a water purification idea that you can make for about $15:
Water Purification With 5 Gallon Buckets
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Here are is a wonderful slide presentation by Lana Nelson of Bigfork Ward - Kalispell, Montana Stake
Water Storage Facts Made Simple
Here are some other web pages on water storage:
If you are storing non-tap water, The American Red Cross recommends
that you add 16 drops of bleach (1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of water
Regular Chlorine Bleach 5-6% Sodium Hypochlorite
1 quarts/liters 4 drops
2 quarts/liters 8 drops
1 gallon / 4 liters 16 drops / 1/4 teaspoon
5 gallons 1 1/2 teaspoon
7 gallons 2 teaspoon
15 gallons 4 teaspoons
55 gallons 1/4 cup
How long will water keep without rotating it?
The Red Cross also recommends that you change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.
How much water should we store?
The Department of Homeland Security recommends that you store at least one
gallon of water per person, per day and keep a three-day supply of water on hand.
The American Red Cross also recommends one gallon of water per person per day, but with
a two-week supply for every person in your household. For a family of four, that's 56 gallons of water.
Source: Walnut Creek, CA Water District Emergency Water Storage Site
Can you store water in 50 gallon barrels?
We have 15 - 50 Gallon barrels of water stored behind our house. I dump them once a year. Makes great water for our burned up lawn in the summer and we have enough water to share with the neighbors if we have a disaster. But they are very heavy and if we ever had to use them, I would build a rack to roll them up on one at a time to dispense the water. We have a spigot that fits the barrel. That should give us enough for washing clothes and sanitary needs too.
Where can I purchase 50 gallon water barrels locally?
The best source we know of is our local PEP-C organization in Tacoma, WA. You can see the water storage barrels they have available at their web page: http://www.pep-c.org/waterbarrels.htm
There are other local stores that sell them but most of them are charging 2 or 3 times what PEP-C is charging. Shop around first.
What is the best size water storage container?
That depends on how much room you have, where you are going to store the water,
and how far you have to take it to dump it out very 6 months. For many people
a 5 gallon container is the easist to handle. You can buy this one
on Amazon.com for $9.99 (5 gallon and 1 gallon containers are available in stores everywhere.)
Can you store water in plastic gallon milk cartons?
Many people say the plastic is so thin germs can get in. That is nor more true than of any
plastic jug and you should not put any of your water storage near any chemicals. I have
never read that the plastic on a milk carton would let chemicals or germs in more then
any other plastic. Obviously the thicker the plastic the more it resists outside elements.
The main reason the FDA says you should not use milk cartons to store water in
is because it is very hard to get all of the milk out of the pores in the plastic even with washing,
and that can cause bacteria to spread into the water. Also milk cartons are bio-degradable
and will not last. They are also very thin and will rupture quite easily.
Are soda pop 2 liter plastic bottles good for water storage?
Pop bottles or heave plastic juice bottles are much better for water storage. They
will last longer, they wont rupture as easy, and they are easy to store in small
places like a closet or under your bed if you don't have much room. If you lay
them on their side be sure the lid is on tight and it is best to at least put them
in a plastic bag so if they leak the water will be contained.
According to my research on plastic pop bottles or thick plastic juice bottles they are not biodegradable.
If you have any other information on them, please email it to us so we can include it here. Here is one example web page:
2 liter pop bottle non-biodegradable
If I live in an apartment how can I store water?
If you live in an apartment or have limited storage space in your home, you can put
water bottles under your bed. Best to put them in a plastic container that slides under
the bed, so if one of them leaks it wont get your carpet wet.
Here are some links I really like by Government or University type Emergency Water Storage Web Pages:
(there are so many of these kinds of pages on the Internet it would be impossible to list them all)
American Red Cross Emergency Water Storage Fact Sheet
American Red Cross Emergency Water Storage Web Site
NOAA Drought Information Web site
Utah State Emergency Water Storage Web Site
DeAnza College Emergency Water Storage Facts
Contra Costa Water District, Emergency Preparedness Water Storage Plan
Commercial Emergency Water Storage Supplies:
There are 100's of commercial water storage sites on the Internet if you want
to buy supplies like water storage containers. Just use your Internet search engine
to find them.
Here is just one of them that has a very clever idea for catching rain water: