Storage of Drinking Water
In a disaster scenario in which
clean, running water may be unavailable for a few days up to one month, the
proper storage of drinking water is of great importance to your survival. The
aftermath of a disaster places us in life threatening situations where the very
basic of needs become unavailable in a moment's notice. Therefore quantity and
quality of this critical element is a major concern.
and carrying of water correctly depends on the correct use of containment
systems and portability. While there are a number of large, plastic and metal
containers available at a home improvement store, there is a danger in using
them for water storage. The safest plastics for the storage of water are
considered to be "food grade". No other plastic should be considered.
Whether this is a prepared and planned drinking water supply, or a last-minute
lifesaving measure, proper storage of water is a must.
Large Quantity: TV news stations will often offer recommendations on how to
survive the aftermath of a disaster. One bit of advice will be to
"fill your bathtub with cold water". However, it is not advisable
that you keep drinking water stored in an open bathtub, due to the dirt and
soap residue. Therefore, a bathtub water containment bladder is a must for your
disaster planning shopping list.
100 gallon bladder with a siphon pump: This is a water container that fits into
a standard, conventional household bathtub. It is intended for the storage of
drinking water in an emergency situation, and is made of durable, heavy duty
"food grade" plastic, which helps keep drinking water fresh. Water
stored properly in this container may be usable up to four weeks. The siphon
pump included will easily dispense drinking water into portable jugs.
Portability: With one gallon of water weighing in at 8.35 pounds, portability
will be important to anyone in the aftermath of a disaster. The 5 Gallon
Collapsible Water Carrier is well suited for proper storage and portability of
drinking water. The Stansport 5 Gallon Collapsible Water Carrier is made of
durable, heavy duty polyethylene. It features an on/off spigot, which can be
removed quickly for container filling. There are two sturdy carrying handles,
and the empty container folds flat for storage. There is also a 2 Gallon Water
Bag made of heavy duty PVC plastic construction, with a carrying handle, and
folds flat when it is empty.