Water Storage and Bleach Treatment TIPS
at least (14) days of emergency water (recommended 1 gallon per person
per day). Buy the 30 or 55 gallon barrels and get several 5-6 gallon
container jugs, or fill up empty
soda/juice bottles. We recommend food grade plastic and not milk
jugs as they deteriorate much sooner.
- Most sources recommend 1 gallon of water per person, per day, for
3-14 days. Make sure to consider storing enough for pets and for hygiene purposes as well.
- Store water in “food grade” or pete plastic containers (stay away from milk jugs - soda and fruit bottles are suitable).
- Water Pouches are another good option. Water is placed into mylar, air tight bags and then inserted into stack-able cardboard boxes.
- Store water away from too much light or heat.
- Clean, sanitize, and rinse all containers prior to use.
- Do not use containers previously used to store non-food products.
- Store water in multiple sizes of containers to suit different needs.
- Do not store water containers directly on concrete. Place on cardboard, wood pallets, or other materials.
- Non-chlorinated water (most municipal water is chlorinated) should
be treated with unscented liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6%
sodium hypochlorite). See the chart below for appropriate amount to add
- Boiling is the safest way to clean water, however you can also use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms.
- Rotate your water storage that has not been water preserved at least once every year.