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Here are is a wonderful slide presentation by Lana Nelson of Bigfork Ward - Kalispell, Montana Stake
Water Storage Facts Made Simple
Questions I like to know the answers to related to Emergency Water Storage:Can drinking bottled water from the plastic container cause cancer (especially if left in a hot car)?
(Answer provided by Pat Allen..... Thanks Pat)
False. In the United States, plastic water bottles are regulated by the FDA as "food contact substances" and held to the same safety standards as food additives.
Do you need to put bleach in the water you store?
Every source I have read says that if you are using tap water the chlorination in the water
is all you need to store the water if you rotate it every 6 months.
If you add bleach, how much should you add?
If you are storing non-tap water, The American Red Cross recommends
that you add 16 drops of bleach (1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of water, stir
and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odor,
repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes.
How long will water keep without rotating it?
The Red Cross also recommends that you change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.
How much water should we store?
The Department of Homeland Security recommends that you store at least one
gallon of water per person, per day and keep a three-day supply of water on hand.
The American Red Cross also recommends one gallon of water per person per day, but with
a two-week supply for every person in your household. For a family of four, that's 56 gallons of water.
Source: Walnut Creek, CA Water District Emergency Water Storage Site
Can you store water in 50 gallon barrels?
What is the best size water storage container?
That depends on how much room you have, where you are going to store the water,
and how far you have to take it to dump it out very 6 months. For many people
a 5 gallon container is the easiest to handle. You can buy this one
on Amazon.com for $9.99 (5 gallon and 1 gallon containers are available in stores everywhere.)
Can you store water in plastic gallon milk cartons?
Many people say the plastic is so thin germs can get in. That is nor more true than of any
plastic jug and you should not put any of your water storage near any chemicals. I have
never read that the plastic on a milk carton would let chemicals or germs in more then
any other plastic. Obviously the thicker the plastic the more it resists outside elements.
The main reason the FDA says you should not use milk cartons to store water in
is because it is very hard to get all of the milk out of the pores in the plastic even with washing,
and that can cause bacteria to spread into the water. Also milk cartons are bio-degradable
and will not last. They are also very thin and will rupture quite easily.
Are soda pop 2 liter plastic bottles good for water storage?
Pop bottles or heave plastic juice bottles are much better for water storage. They
will last longer, they wont rupture as easy, and they are easy to store in small
places like a closet or under your bed if you don't have much room. If you lay
them on their side be sure the lid is on tight and it is best to at least put them
in a plastic bag so if they leak the water will be contained.
According to my research on plastic pop bottles or thick plastic juice bottles they are not biodegradable.
If you have any information on the, please email it to us so we can include it here. Here is one example web page:
2 liter pop bottle non-biodegradable
If I live in an apartment how can I store water?
If you live in an apartment or have limited storage space in your home, you can put
water bottles under your bed. Best to put them in a plastic container that slides under
the bed, so if one of them leaks it wont get your carpet wet.
Here are some links I really like by Government or University type Emergency Water Storage Web Pages:
(there are so many of these kinds of pages on the Internet it would be impossible to list them all)
American Red Cross Emergency Water Storage Fact Sheet
American Red Cross Emergency Water Storage Web Site
NOAA Drought Information Web site
Utah State Emergency Water Storage Web Site
DeAnza College Emergency Water Storage Facts
Contra Costa Water District, Emergency Preparedness Water Storage Plan
Commercial Emergency Water Storage Supplies:
There are 100's of commercial water storage sites on the Internet if you want
to buy supplies like water storage containers. Just use your Internet search engine
to find them.
Here is just one of them that has a very clever idea for catching rain water:
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