As a reminder, in order to earn an A grade in water storage you would need to have enough water on hand to last you for at least a 3 month period, plus have some way to filter or purify additional water. Again, following the required water guidelines, that would mean that you would need to have 180 Litres to earn an A (absolute survival), or 360 Litres per person to earn an A+ (survival plus a few basics).
- – - Calculation for an A: 2 Litres per Person per Day x 90 days = 180 Litres per Person (survival) – – –
- – - Calculation for an A+ : 4 Litres per Person per Day x 90 days = 360 Litres per Person (survival plus a few basics) – – –
When creating a long term water storage strategy, it is important to consider a means by which you can continue to filter or purify water so that you aren’t living off of a limited commodity. The old chinese proverb stands true when it comes to water storage.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
It is better to be in the ‘taught’ group on this one and have the knowledge and proper tools so that you would be capable of purifying more water for your family vs. trying to survive off of a dwindling supply.
To start with, let’s talk about what we recommend as Best Practise in regards to long term water storage. It is great to have some datrex water sachets around for a quick get-away, and a few Samson Stackers to provide for some mid-term water storage mobility, but when it comes to long term water storage, we hands down recommend consolidating the bulk of your water storage into a larger unit to save on space and hassle. We favour Super Tankers, which are known as the ‘best in-home water storage unit’ because of their small footprint, ease of use and ability to fit through any doorway or clear any 8 foot ceiling. Super Tankers are available in two sizes: 125 Gallon (473 Litres) or 250 Gallon (946 Litres) - both taking up the same size foot print of 28 inches by 36 inches.
To put this into perspective a small Super Tanker (125 G) can provide a 3 month supply of water for two people (based on 2.6 Litres per person per day) and a large Super Tanker (250 G) can provide a 3 month supply of water for a family of four (based on 2.6 Litres per person per day). Due to the cost vs. benefit ratio, we always recommend that people invest in the 250 gallon Super Tanker if budget and space allow as you get double the water storage in the same foot print without double the cost.
It is also important to remember the shelf life of water when preparing your long term water storage. If you remember from what we had mentioned before, regular tap water has a storage life between 6-12 months. Babysitting and rotating water storage can be an absolute nightmare, so I was personally ecstatic when I discover a product that extends the life of water from 6 months to 5 years! Aerobic Oxygen is a tasteless, ordourless, liquid additive that kills any infectious bacteria prevelant in your water supply. If you wanted to extend the storage life of any water stored in a small super tanker (125 gallons), you would simply pour 4 oz. of Aerobic Oxygen into the storage unit, and likewise, 8 oz. would purify and extend the life of any water stored in a large Super Tanker (250 gallons). Aerobic Oxygen can even be added to mid-term water storage units in smaller quantities ( about 1/4 of an ounce or 100 drops per Samson Stacker, or 5-10 drops per Litre) to get the same storage-extending results.
On a side note, there are 2 types of bacteria that can be found in a water supply – the type that are good for you and essential to your health, and the type that are infectious and attack your body (infectious anaerobic bacteria). When you add an ‘unstable’ product to water such as chlorine or bleach, it ends up killing both types of bacteria. If you were instead to add a ‘stable’ product such as Aerobic Oxygen, it kills all of the anaerobic bacteria but leaves the healthy bacteria untouched and intact – resulting in a healthier, balanced water supply.
Preparing a 3 months supply of water will earn you an A grade in water storage, but you really need to have a backup filtration or purification system in place to earn an A+. There is an endless supply of filtration/purification systems out there, but we actually recommend one of the most simple (and affordable), yet effective options available. Whoever said ‘good things come in small packages’ were right when it comes to the Seychelle Pure Water Filter Straw. It is one of the most affordable and vital lines of defense that I have come across with it’s ability to purify 25 gallons of water! We also love the mobility and universality of this little tool as it’s size allows it to fit almost anywhere and it can be used for alternative purposes such as hiking, camping or even purify water on foreign travels.
Now that we have summed up the first are of preparation and the ABC’s of Water, I sincerely urge you to take your water preparations seriously – even if a C grade is all you can manage at this point, it is far better then remaining completely dependent on the belief that water will continue to pour out of our taps endlessly.