WATER ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

HERE’S HOW MUCH WATER YOU NEED AND HOW TO STORE IT

Did you know that in a widespread disaster, the first two public resources to shut down are almost always water and grid power?

While we glorious human beings can survive without electricity, we certainly cannot survive without water. The body uses water for digestion, transporting nutrients, building tissue, removing waste, and regulating body temperature. We also need water to enjoy a hot shower, feed our pets, cook, and even flush our toilets. In other words, it’s pretty darn important!

While the ability to go without water can also vary greatly between individuals, on average, without water, you would only last 3 days, which honestly really isn't that long, folks! That’s why the best time to prepare is NOW. 

How much water do I need? 

If you’re just getting started, here’s the golden water rule:

Store at least one gallon of water per person per day for a total of three days.

This means that if you are a family of 3, you should store at least 9 gallons of water. Once you get a good grip on three days, store enough for two weeks or even a month for added peace of mind.

NOTE: Recommended quantities may differ based on individual needs and climate. For instance, children, nursing mothers, and people who are ill will require more water. The same goes for all of you living in very hot climates; you’ll require double the amount.

How should I store my water?

According to the CDC, unopened commercially bottled water is the safest and most reliable source of water in an emergency. You can find large gallons of bottled water at your local grocery store or even online. Keep these bottles in their original containers and do not open them until you need to use them. Remember to observe the expiration or “use by” date.

What if I want to prepare my own water? 

For large quantities of water, sometimes it’s more convenient to prepare your own stockpile. If you’re storing water for a long period of time, to ensure that the water stays safe, it’s best to use FDA-approved food-grade storage containers.

Here are some of our nifty, watery favorites:

WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick  Water Storage Containers

WaterBrick Water Storage Containers

$187.00

WaterBrick water containers are 3.5 gallon/13 liter containers used to store long term water and food. As a bulk storage system, WaterBrick water containers can be cross stacked and interlocked up to 4 feet high thus allowing more efficient storage while using less space. Its’ size and flexible stacking configurations allow you to easily move and creatively store them where it is most convenient for your living space. Its’ individual portable size allows for grab and go when an emergency forces you to leave your home; tanks or large containers are not easy to take with you. It’s the perfect solution for long term water and food storage, winter vehicle emergency kits, disaster readiness grab and go kits and many outdoor activities.

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Water Storage Kit with Filter
Water Storage Kit with Filter
Water Storage Kit with Filter
Water Storage Kit with Filter
Water Storage Kit with Filter
Water Storage Kit with Filter
Water Storage Kit with Filter

Water Storage Kit with Filter

$99.00

Be ready for anything with the Water Storage Kit. A multi-layer containment includes a replaceable, BPA and Phthalate free, food grade liner. Pump with shut-off valve series II connectivity and directional nozzle, RED line protection, fitting kit, easy to transport, set-up, storage, filling and dispensing.

  • Innovative collapsible water storage tank replaces bulky water storage containers and allows for easy transport for emergency or recreational use
  • Includes replaceable RED LINE filter for maximum protection and 120 gallon capacity
  • Removes waterborne pathogens such as protozoan cysts, bacteria, and virus
  • Reduces chlorine and chemicals

Two sizes available:

  • 60 Gallons, $199: 60 Gallon Storage Capacity; 10’ Retractable Hose with Standardized Garden Hose Fittings;120 Gallon Filtration Capacity. Weight:  16.85 pounds. Dimensions: 23.75 x 5.13 x 29 inches
  • 30 Gallon, $99: 30 Gallon Storage Capacity, 10’ Retractable Hose with Standardized Garden Hose Fittings, 60 Gallon Filtration Capacity. Weigh:  12.27 pounds. Dimensions: 20 x 25.5 x 5.13 inches
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5 Gallon Water-Pak
5 Gallon Water-Pak
5 Gallon Water-Pak

5 Gallon Water-Pak

$21.00

The Reliance Water-Pak container holds 5 gallons of water and is ideal for any situation or event where fresh, clean water is necessary. It has been designed to allow you to stack it 3 high when filled, and the new secondary swivel handle makes for easier carrying and pouring.

  • Rugged food-grade polyethylene doesn't retain tastes or odors and is 100% BPA free
  • Anti-roll design lets you set container on its side without worrying about it rolling away
  • Spigot reverses for safe storage inside the container when it's not needed
  • Top handle for easy portability

Dimensions

  • Package length: 24.765 cm
  • Package width: 27.305 cm
  • Package height: 40.64 cm
  • Diameter of the opening: 2.5 inches
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Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Water Containers
Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Water Containers

Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Water Containers

$21.00

The Reliance 7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer big blue is the most popular and trusted water container on the market. Made from rugged materials it features an ergonomic contoured handle and premium screw on vent cap. This container comes with a hideaway spout for easy water dispensing and is stackable when empty for easy storage. Measurements: H-15.25, W-11" and weighs 2 lbs.

Features:

  • Rigid, 7-gallon rectangular water container with molded contour grip
  • Space-saving design for easy storing and stacking when empty
  • New and improved screw-on vent; hideaway spigot for on-demand water dispensing
  • Suitable for outdoors activities and emergency water storage
  • NOTE: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will cause the water container to degrade and become brittle, increasing the chance of leaks. It is highly recommended to store water containers in cool shaded areas.
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Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container
Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container
Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container
Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container

Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container

$29.99

The Rhino-Pak water container is designed with extreme in mind. The super thick plastic water make it the most puncture resistant 5.5 gallon (20L) water container out there. 

Features:

  • Made of extremely thick plastic
  • Lead-proof premium spigot and vent cap
  • Side panel design that locks in in place when paired with another Rhino-Pak
  • 5.5 gallon (20 liter)
  • Length: 14.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 19" Weight: 2.87 lbs
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Rather DIY it?

If you plan to upcycle old plastic containers, opt for two-liter plastic soft drink bottles, not old plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. Why? Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Before adding your water, make sure that you thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water and then sanitize it with a solution made by mixing 1 teaspoon of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach in 1 quart of water. Yes, this seems like a lot, but being able to collect and store good, drinkable, and clean water is essential and will help you not go thirsty during an emergency.

Some additional storage tips: 

  • Grab one of your favorite markers and a sticker and label each container as “drinking water” and include the date that you stored it. 
  • Do not store your containers in areas where toxic substances, such as gasoline or pesticides, are present. 
  • Keep your containers away from direct sunlight. The best water storage temperature is around 50-70°F. 
  • Since this water was not commercially bought, replace it every six months. 

Yikes, an emergency strikes!

Let’s say you’ve used all of your stored water and there are no other reliable clean water sources. Your tap water works, but that water is looking a wee bit suspicious.

This is where preparing to treat water comes into play. For your own safety, it’s super important to treat all questionable water before using it for drinking, food washing or preparation, washing dishes, and brushing your teeth. In addition to having a bad odor and taste, contaminated water can contain germs that cause diseases such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis - all big NO-NOs.

According to the CDC, there are three things that you can do:

1. Boil your water

  • If you still have power and access to a stove, the best way to treat water is to simply bring it to a boil for 1 minute and if you are at elevations above 6,500 feet, 3 minutes. This will kill all disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. In certain instances, officials will even issue a Boil Water Advisory. For better tasting water, consider pouring it from one container to another and then allowing it to stand for a few hours. You can also add a pinch of salt for each quart or liter of boiled water to remove the flat taste. 

2. Disinfect

  • To kill most viruses and bacteria, you can use regular unscented household bleach. Add 8 drops or a little less than 1/8 of a teaspoon of 5%-8.25% unscented household bleach to 1 gallon water, mix well, and let sit for 30 minutes before using. 
  • You can also use chlorine dioxide, more commonly known as Aquamira, to kill off any bacteria. All you need to do is place 7 drops of AQUAMIRA (Part A) and 7 drops Activator (Part B) in a mixing cap then let the mixture react for 5 minutes. Once that is done, you can fill an empty container with your 1 quart (1 liter) of untreated water, add the contents of the cap, shake to mix, and let stand for 15 minutes before achieving bacteria, parasite, and virus-free water.  
Aquamira Water Treatment
Aquamira Water Treatment

Aquamira Water Treatment

$17.00

Aquamira Water Treatment unlocks the power of Chlorine Dioxide to kill bacteria and enhance the taste of treated water. It is a favorite among preppers, not because it is complicated to use, but because you can use it and forget it for 4 years. More effective at killing Giardia and Cryptosporidium than bleach, this water purification method is recommended by the CDC. 

Features:

  • Kills odor causing bacteria and enhances the taste of stored potable water
  • Treatment has a 4 year shelf life from manufacturing date
  • Treats up to 30 gallons and easy to Use and No Aftertaste
  • EPA Reg. No. 71766-1 and Made in the USA
  • Small size and long shelf life 
  • Won’t discolor your water and actually improves its taste.
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3. Filter

  • Last but not least, you can filter your water. Thanks to technology there are some pretty nifty and even portable water filters out there that are as small as a straw, making them extra handy for on-the-go travels, evacuations, and emergencies.
LifeStraw
LifeStraw
LifeStraw
LifeStraw
LifeStraw
LifeStraw

LifeStraw

$21.00

The original, award-winning ultralight personal “straw” filter for outdoor sports, survival and emergencies. The LifeStraw makes contaminated water safe to drink. Use it to drink directly from streams and lakes, or fill up a container or water bottle and use your LifeStraw to enjoy clean water on the go.

  • Removes 99.999999% of bacteria
  • Removes 99.999% of microplastics
  • Removes 99.999% of parasites
  • Exceeds US EPA drinking water standards for bacteria and parasites
  • Microbiological filter lasts up to 4,000 liters (1,000 gallons)
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LifeStraw Universal
LifeStraw Universal
LifeStraw Universal
LifeStraw Universal
LifeStraw Universal
LifeStraw Universal
LifeStraw Universal
LifeStraw Universal

LifeStraw Universal

$35.00

Turn your favorite water bottle into a powerful water filtration system. The LifeStraw Universal is the first water bottle adaptor kit with a 2-stage filter and 2 caps that fit most narrow and wide mouthed water bottles.

Includes an advanced water filter, narrow mouth and wide mouth caps, and a leak-proof lid to fit most reusable water bottles. Compatible with select models from Hydroflask, Klean Kanteen, Camelbak and Nalgene. The filter protects against bacteria, parasites and microplastics, reduces chemicals like chlorine and improves taste.  These filters are rigorously tested to meet protocols established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NSF International/ANSI. 

  • Two different sized caps make it possible to turn almost any water bottle into a powerful water filtration system for cycling, hiking, international travel, fitness, and emergency preparedness
  • Compatible with many models of Hydroflask, Klean Kanteen, Camelbak, Nalgene and other bottle brands.
  • Removes 99.999999% of bacteria
  • Removes 99.999% of microplastics
  • Removes 99.999% of parasites
  • Reduces organic chemical matter (pesticides, herbicides, VOCs)
  • Exceeds NSF 42 standard for chlorine reduction
  • Exceeds US EPA drinking water standards for bacteria and parasites
  • Microbiological filter lasts up to 4,000 liters (1,000 gallons)
  • Carbon capsule lasts up to 100 liters (26 gallons)
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LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag
LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag
LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag
LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag
LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag
LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag
LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag
LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag

LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag

$54.00

Maximize protection and water throughput with this ultralight, compact gravity water filter system built to provide safe drinking water in almost any environment. The LifeStraw Flex with gravity bag offers next level protection against bacteria, parasites, and microplastics in addition to lead, chlorine and other contaminants. The gravity bag features a leak-proof hose connector and a convenient shoulder strap for easy transport and flexibility to hang virtually anywhere. 

This powerful 1 gallon, 2-stage water filter can be used in 4 ways: with the included one-gallon gravity bag, as a personal straw, attached to a plastic water bottle or with a hydration bladder.

  • Membrane microfilter removes 99.999999% of bacteria, 99.999% of parasites, 99.999% of microplastics and turbidity (silt, sand, and cloudiness)
  • Activated carbon + ion exchange filter reduces lead, chlorine and bad odors for improved taste
  • Meets NSF 42 standard for chlorine reduction
  • Meets NSF 53 standard for reduction of lead
  • Meets US EPA & NSF P231 standards for the removal of bacteria and parasites
  • Membrane microfilter lasts up to 500 gal | 2,000 L, pore size: 0.2 micron
  • Activated carbon + ion exchange filter lasts up to 26 gal | 100 L
  • Filter Size: 6.4 x 1.5 in | 22.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Hose Length: 27.5 in | 7 cm
  • Gravity Bag Volume: 1 gal | 3.7 L
  • Gravity Bag Size: 18.7 x 10.6 in | 47.5 x 27 cm
  • Weight: 6.9 oz | 196 g
  • Flow Rate: 0.125 gal/min| 0.5 L/min
  • BPA-free materials
  • Replaceable filters & parts
  • Includes: LifeStraw Flex filter, 1-gallon gravity bag, quick-connect hose, and backwashing syringe
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The LifeStraw Mission
The LifeStraw Mission
The LifeStraw Mission
The LifeStraw Mission

The LifeStraw Mission

$115.00

The LifeStraw Mission high-capacity gravity-fed system purifies water to 0.02 micros making contaminated water safe to drink. The water purifier employs an award-winning technology that requires no chemicals, batteries or moving parts. 

The reservoir can be filled from nearby lakes, ponds, rivers, or streams and suspended from a tree or other sturdy support. Gravity moves water down the hose to the filter's advanced ultrafiltration membrane. Clean water exits through 0.02 micron pores in the walls of the hollow fibers, but bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other contaminants are trapped inside and are flushed out by backwashing. Compact, BPA-free roll bag reservoir features a wide mouth for easy filling with a convenient shoulder carrying strap for transport back to base camp or other group location. Includes drawstring stuff-sack for easy storage and portability. Includes four extra pre-filter screens for easy on-site maintenance. Available in 12 liter capacity. Weight: 15 oz (12L). 

  • Only gravity system on the market that removes viruses and can provide more than 4,700 gallons of clean water and has a flow rate of 9-12 liters per hour
  • Removes 99.999999% of bacteria
  • Removes 99.999% of microplastics
  • Removes 99.999% of parasites
  • Reduces organic chemical matter (pesticides, herbicides, VOCs)
  • It also removes turbidity (slit, sand, cloudiness)
  • Longevity/Lifetime: 18,000 liters (4,755 gallons)
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Water truly is the molecule of life that keeps us going. Let’s take steps together now to ensure that we have enough of this amazing good stuff before an emergency strikes.

No matter what, don't worry, be ready. Not thirsty.