Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

At Home Water Storage and Purification

April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 93

If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your family. This is no exaggeration FEMA & Red Cross, both will tell you this.

When Preparing for disaster survival remember the rule of 3.

* 3 minutes without air * 3 days without water * 3 weeks without food

This is typically how long you can survive with out those three. We will talk about the various ways to purify your water in any environment. Be it at your home or stranded in the wilderness.

Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need even more. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene.

If supplies run low, never ration water. Drink the amount you need today and try to find more for tomorrow. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.

Storing Water Safely

* Store one gallon of water per person per day. * Store at least a 2 week supply per person. * Collect the water from a safe supply. * Thoroughly washed plastic containers such as soft drink bottles are best. You can also purchase food-grade plastic buckets or drums. * Seal containers tightly, label with date, and store in a cool, dark place. * Replace water every six months. * Never reuse a container that contained toxic materials such as pesticides, solvents, chemicals, oil or antifreeze. * Water purification

There are two primary ways to treat water: boiling and adding bleach. If tap water is unsafe because of contamination (from floods, streams or lakes), boiling is the best method.

Filtering water

Cloudy water should be filtered before boiling or adding bleach. Water filters can also be bought. Though In a pinch you can filter water using coffee filters, paper towels, cheese cloth or a cotton plug in a funnel.

Boiling- Boiling is the safest method of purifying water. Bring water to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes, keeping in mind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool before drinking. Boiled water will taste better if you put oxygen back into it by pouring the water back and forth between two clean containers. This will also improve the taste of stored water.

* Boiling is the safest way to purify water. * Bring the water to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes. * Let the water cool before drinking.

Purifying by adding liquid chlorine bleach- You can use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms. Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, colorsafe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners. Add 16 drops of bleach 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. The only agent used to purify water should be household liquid bleach.

Other chemicals, such as iodine or water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25% sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.

While the two methods described above will kill most microbes in water, distillation will remove microbes that resist these methods, and heavy metals, salts and most other chemicals.

Distillation- Distillation involves boiling water and then collecting the vapor that condenses back to water. The condensed vapor will not include salt and other impurities. To distill, fill a pot halfway with water. Tie a cup to the handle of the pot's lid so that the cup will hang right-side-up when the lid is upside-down (make sure the cup is not dangling into the water) and boil the water for 20 minutes. The water that drips from the lid into the cup is distilled.

For other useful Tips for Disaster Preparedness got to

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Disaster Preparedness


Emergency Preparedness


Water Purification Steps


Purify Water

Teenage rebellion is easier to tolerate in book or film form. Take a look back at some of the most well known and loved "coming of age" stories set in boarding schools.

By: Harvey McEwan l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 445

An important thing you have to consider before working out is having a pair of great training shoes. You cannot immediately undergo any physical training wearing inappropriate footwear. If you do so,

By: Steve Hill l Recreation & Sports l July 10, 2012 lViews: 349

Granite is one natural stone that is used for several purposes from dimension stone to countertops to sculptures. The use of granite for building the temples and monuments was initiated millions

By: Steve L Patterson l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 298

Up to 65,000 H-1B visas for new employment may be issued each fiscal year (FY) for professional workers, including medical providers. In general, a person who already has an H-1B and applies for

By: Ann Badmus l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 309

Beside coin shooting, gold detecting or the many other things you can do with your metal detector. There is a large group of people who take their metal detector out looking for old stuff. Not just

By: Candy L Lindsey l Recreation & Sports l July 07, 2012 lViews: 293

Many people want to be writers and you may be one of them. In order to make your dream occupation a reality, you need to have a plan. You also need to work on this plan constantly. These tips from a

By: Harriet Hodgson l Writing & Speaking l July 06, 2012 lViews: 439

Talking recently with a 40-something mother of older teens - her near-adult children now off studying and living on-campus - and I detect the semblance of irony when she laughs at herself, "I'm out

By: Steve Wickhaml Home & Familyl April 25, 2012 lViews: 143

Picture frames are not just for displaying photos. Three-dimensional crafts or treasured collectibles, like buttons, coins or seashells can be prominently displayed in picture frames. You can even

By: Autumn Lockwoodl Home & Familyl April 24, 2012 lViews: 244

Building good family relationships takes time. It is also a lot of work and that is why some people fall short. You have to be willing to invest the time and effort into your family. It takes as much

By: Dustin S Kerrl Home & Familyl April 23, 2012 lViews: 125

It often does not take a lot of planning to have a great weekend family vacation. There are plenty of destinations that can make for an inexpensive and yet quite enjoyable weekend trip, allowing you

By: Autumn Lockwoodl Home & Familyl April 23, 2012 lViews: 145

Everyone surely has a past memory of 'playing train' when they were little. One at the front as the engine and chooing and the others following as carriages, the trains used to go uphill and through

By: Anne Caddyl Home & Familyl April 21, 2012 lViews: 169

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, more usually called NIFA, is a federal government agency that was created under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. NIFA operates under the

By: Iola Bonggayl Home & Familyl April 20, 2012 lViews: 132

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus