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Step 1 Storing Water

Dear Neighbor,

Water storage is critical for survival. You can live days without food but not too many without water. Water is bulky but easy to store. How much water you will need in your pantry is hard to judge and depends on the availability of water, should you lose electricity. 

Assuming electricity loss is temporary for your homestead, as let’s say in a natural disaster,  I would plan for storing enough water for two weeks time. The amount of water used, sparingly, with drinking and cooking would be one gallon per day or 14 gallons per person.    

This is a pantry item that you will not necessarily rotate and use. This item you will stock and you can leave it be, checking on it every three to six months. 

For general water storage, only use plastic containers that contained food or drink. You can use clean 2 liter bottles from soda or gallon jugs for filling with your own water and slowly build your supply.  Do not reuse dairy containers or anything that contained pulp. They simply cannot be cleaned well enough to guarantee bacteria free water.  To get a jump start, you can buy water. 

When storing drinking water, I love storing water in glass.  I think water stored in it is safer and frankly tastes better. One neighbor recycles emptied wine bottles for water storage. The narrow bottles make great individual water bottles and you can fit many of them on a shelf for storage. (if you have a natural disaster and your neighbors may see you walking around swigging out of wine bottles, they will simply nod in understanding.)  If you chose to use wine bottles, stick with plastic corks or screw on tops. Real cork will carry that wine smell and taste to your water. To reuse wine bottles, simply rinse the bottles and fill with clean, cold water. Plan to refill or replace every 3-6 months, to keep that nice, fresh taste. Water can get stale and can taste bland after a while.

 Today’s task is to begin water storage. Remember, you don’t have put it all up, today! Just do some and you will be that much further ahead. 

Happy homesteading, S

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