Drinking Water Storage for long term
Long term water storage is priority-1 for most people looking to store survival preparedness items to protect themselves in a survival situation, and to provide some life insurance for an emergency or disaster.
The human body needs water before it needs food, and therefore water storage should be the first thing dealt with while building up some supplies for just-in-case.
Some people that live in earthquake prone regions are familiar with how to store water and food, and have already taken precautionary action for a scenario that will surely come to pass (but no one knows exactly when). Unfortunately not enough people in earthquake-country think about storing water, which could prove disastrous during the-big-one.
We currently live near two major earthquake faults in California (San Andreas and the Hayward fault), and like many of the other people that live here, are aware of the dangers of a major earthquake and the likely loss of utilities for a period of time afterward.
It isn’t just living near fault-lines that should prompt you to take action to store some water and food, there are many other scenarios where this would be wise action. It really is a sort of life insurance policy.
Drinking water containers and long term storage
There are lots of containers that could be used, including those that are specifically designed for the purpose of water storage (with convenient spouts, spigots, and water-tight seals). Whatever container you choose to use, just be sure that the material is food grade.
This particular long term water storage method I find to be convenient in a number of ways. It allows for various options of where and how to stack and store the containers, and is not too heavy to handle.
More specifically, 5 gallon buckets, food grade.
5 gallons of water weighs about 40 pounds and although heavy, it can be handled. 5 gallon buckets are stack-able! You could stack a fair number of them inside of a closet, a corner of the room, or down in the basement.
I use Gamma Seal lids for convenience. They snap on to the bucket and the center will screw or unscrew with ease. I personally think it’s worth the little extra money, and use them on all of my 5-gallon buckets.
How to treat water for long term water storage
Here is a short video which shows how to properly treat the water prior to storage, which is very important to be sure that there is enough disinfectant (chlorine level) to prohibit bad things from growing. It is simple, but an important step to take.