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Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
W. H. Auden

What is Your Water Storage Plan? 

 Did you know you can only live about 3 days without water? This of course includes the water in your food. You can live about three weeks without food. 

Have you stopped to consider what you are doing about your water storage?  We get so dependent on our water companies, our wells and our stores where we can buy water. What is your plan in the case of let's say, a natural disaster or even a man created disaster where the city water and well water is contaminated or even shut down? Certainly if that were to happen the stores would quickly run out of bottled water for you to buy.

Water is one of those precious life giving and sustaining elements that we take for granted every single day. ​ The next time you grab a drink of water take a minute to imagine a day without any.

Water storage is more important than your food storage. There was a ​woman in India buried in rubble after the factory she worked in collapsed. They found her after 16 days! The secret to her survival was water.

We can boil our water but what happens if you don't have a working stove or power. And what if you are on the move, like being evacuated. 

We have water storage for our family. We save all our empty Smart Water™ bottles and refill them with our reverse osmosis water. You can actually use any empty plastic and glass bottles for water storage. You can also buy the collapsable water storage containers. They fit nicely away and take up very little space when not in use. When you get advanced warning of a natural disaster, you can fill up those collapsable containers. We live where hurricanes are frequent in South Florida. We have a lot of experience in preparing and living through natural disasters and economic disasters. After Hurricane Wilma we were without power for 23 days. ​

If you don't want to fill up empty water bottles, soda bottles and the like, you can purchase canned drinking water in a 6 month supply or 12 month supply. ​If you live in a small apartment or condo you can buy a sturdy portable and collapsable water storage unit that fits about 30 gallons of water.

One of the first things to do when you do have advanced warning is to line your bathtubs with the water storage liners. Then fill up your bathtubs with water. You don't have to worry about the water seeping out of the tub. When we tried filling up our tubs with water without the liners, the water slowly leaked out even with the stopper in the drain. 

We have a swimming pool. Pools are another source of water in times of emergencies however the water will start to evaporate. When you don't have your pool pump running the water will start to turn green and algae will grow. Then the water won't be safe to drink. But there is still no sense in letting all that water to to waste. Use water filtration systems to clean the large amounts of water from your pool to make it drinkable. The other alternative is to use your pool water to bathe in instead of drinking from if you have other water sources.

Of course, if you are leaving your home because of a natural disaster or state of emergency all your water storage at home is not going to be of much use for you and your family. ​

Water On the Run ...

We should have water in our cars even if we are just doing errands. You never know when you have to pull over to the side of the road and for how long you will be there. Water needs to be a part of your travel emergency kit in your car. 

But what happens if for some reason, there is no more water left in your car to drink. Well, even though we might be scared to do this, we can use our Life Straws. We know they work, we have tried them. And there is this one video of a lady drinking poop water through her water filter. Gross!

You do what you have to do in emergencies. Keeping your emergency filter with you in your car is one way to know that you will be able to make any water drinkable. ​

Planning in Advance for Water Storage and Clean Water to Drink 

We want to take our water storage to the next level in preparedness. The following water storage ideas are some we plan on implementing: 

  • Rain Barrels to collect rain water throughout our wet seasons
  • Manual Well Pump
  • Large Water Reserve Containers to avoid damage of our water supply from the heat
  • Desalinator 

We want to make sure we are not depending on only one or two sources of water. We also want to have a variety of ways to store the water for our home and staying in one place needs and also for traveling or in an emergency having to leave our home. 

We don't trust the tap water that comes from our city water lines 100%. Because of this, we had an entire house reverse osmosis system installed. This includes even our showers. We were not excited about taking showers in water treated with chlorine and fluoride. We also have a water softener system to get rid of the nasty rotten egg smell from our local high sulfur content water.  We have an electric well for our sprinkler system.  Buying a manual pump for that well is high on our list of priorities. Once we do that we will create some videos about the process and what we learn. 

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