When “It” happens, it most likely will affect your ability to get clean water out of your faucet. So what will you do? You won’t be buying it from the store, water sells out first thing. What about your 72 hour kit? Great idea, but did you know that most pre-assembled 72 hour kits only contain three cups of water? Yep, that’s what we said, 3 cups for 3 days—that’s not even enough for a puppy!
72-HOUR KIT WATER
Water is heavy, weighing over 8 pounds per gallon! The suggested one gallon per day would weigh over 25 pounds and pretty much fill up your backpack.
So what do you really need, what will really work? According to our research, you’ll want 3 quarts of water and a filter to clean some more along the way. This breaks down to:
6- 16 oz bottles (rotate quarterly)
or 24- mylar bags of water (rotate every 5 years).
Water boxes break open if squished in your bag, and it’s difficult to drink every last drop.
OUR FAVORITE WATER BOTTLE FILTER:
Water bottle filters are a valuable addition to your 72-hour kits. They are lightweight and increase your capacity of safe drinking water by being able to filter questionable water sources. All you do is fill, squeeze and sip through the filter straw for clean, great tasting water. If the water is really dirty, pour through a bandana first to increase life of the filter. You can grab this Berkey Water Filter Bottle at Amazon.
FOR YOUR 2-WEEK SUPPLY WHEN SHELTERING AT HOME
Remember that two weeks of emergency food you have stored? You are going to need some water to go with that too. If you want to eat, you have to drink, that is a basic rule of survival. So, in addition to your 72-hour kit water, you need to store fourteen gallons of emergency water for each person. If you live in a hot area with no natural water sources and little rain, or you are planning on washing clothes or bodies at some point, it would be safer to increase this amount to 25 gallons or more per person. More is better where water is concerned. Be sure to get all of the needed spickets and spouts to make pouring water easy.
Your water supply can be stored in: clean juice or soda bottles, cases of water bottles, five gallon jugs or 55-gallon drums (one 55-gallon drum is enough for 4 people). That is all there is to it, a few bottles, case or jug at a time.
Don’t store it in milk or water jugs, they leak and can be unsanitary! Water stored in bleach bottles is not safe for drinking water, either. Water Bricks are very expensive, $6-$12 per gallon of storage space-your goal is to pay $1 per gallon for water storage space.
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