You don't quite know what it is, or how it could possibly have happened, but inexplicably the water in the bottle seems to have gone bad! You may also choose to chlorinate the water with 16 drops of unscented chlorine bleach (e.g. When in doubt about whether a particular container is food grade, you can contact your local water authority for advice.
If you notice a leak or hole in the containers after having stored the water, do not drink from the container. In ideal storage conditions (sterilized stainless steel drums with clean water in a temperature-controlled environment) you may be able to store water for up to three years before it will need to be rotated. I noticed you didn’t mention Prill beads, they are great for keep water clean and bacteria free. I was taking ear antibiotics, 3 times a day for 7 days, and as soon as any water got in there, we started over…Using Colloidal Silver, I put a half an eyedropper in the ear, leave for 10 minutes and am done!! A water bob is a plastic bag with spout that you place in your bathtub and fill it up from your bath or shower. I am very interested in the 3,000 watt portable power plant that you built.and your water generators.
Sorry so long but emergency water is the first priority but is always given a back seat to food storage (also important). The article mentions locality of a source will be a factor in the amount you need to store however there aren’t many places in the US that are far from a stream or some body of water.
I have taken a slightly used surplus 80 gallon oil fired water heater, cut the firebox off, and connected the tank, with bypass and isolation valves, in the fresh water supply from the well. You walk, running almost to the bottle of water you remembered seeing on your desk, Yes the one that has been there forever and a day. You see what happens is not that the water 'expires' so much as it gets contaminated in one of two ways.
Any kind of chemical (yes – including cleaners) could soak into the plastic and then soak right back out again into your long-term water storage. If you live in a desert area, with little local water, women in your family who may be pregnant or nursing, children, and a couple pets, you will want to triple that amount, or more. I’ve also been told that a good brand of regular unscented bleach is the best stand alone purifier for bulk water purification and storage, when accomplished properly. Since it is opaque, rather than transparent like glass, you also need to be less concerned about storing it away from any light source. This plant produces enough electricity to run my two 75 pint water generators (basement dehydrators). The downside is that you may need to be concerned about whether or not your water was treated with chlorine, since chlorine can corrode steel over time. I’m not sure whether this will keep the water potable for more than 6 months or a year so if anyone has credible info about this I would like to hear it.


I’ll also plan to filter the stored water through a kitchen type gallon filter before ingesting.
If you can afford it, your best bet is to purchase plastic tanks specifically designed for water storage. These can even come in very large sizes that can hold many gallons of water, but obviously these will be difficult, if not impossible, to transport if you need to leave your home in a hurry. In any extended emergency, you will need to find other ways to obtain and treat water, such as a pond, lake, well, or even through rain collection.
If you want your water to taste like oil and if you don’t mind the toxins the containers will impart, use them! The best water filtration is only as good as the water you drink after going through the filter. For about $500, I bought a 250 gallon black plastic water tank and a 12 VDC RV pump and accumulator. While some people would say that all plastic is questionable, for long term storage, certainly non-food-grade plastic is definitely out. We are Pepsi Max junkies and accumulate a lot of bottles which will last indefinitely as opposed to the gallon jugs that water is sold in, which disintegrate and leak after a few months. Other than glass, or stainless steel, which can be sterilized by boiling in hot water for at least 20 minutes, it is better to be safe than sorry. The first way is when you leave water in an open container at room temperature for an extended period of time. Even in the event you need to leave your home, a couple gallons of water in the car could suffice, until you had your portable Berkey set up and running.
My plan is to do this, then have it tested at my local water department (common test for new wells) after 6 months to see how I’m doing, and if it may be good for another few months (to test the limits). Since the freezer is rarely filled, the frozen water will sustain the freezer for about a week and a half or longer in case of a power outage and at the same time provide water for use in drinking or cooking. And just like the bottled water, make sure to store in a climate-controlled environment without direct sun exposure. I am surprised at the number of water articles that don’t discuss water filters you can buy.
AMWater Actify is a breakthrough in water filtering producing both alkaline and acidic water enhanced by our proprietary AMized Fusion Technology. I have a small solar panel(1800 watts) but it was very expensive and doesn’t produce enough power. It makes so much more sense to me to use a water filter (like a Berkey) than to store and store and store, and use up all that space that could go towards food storage etc.. I keep a supply of pool shock treat to keep the chlorine level of the water in the tank at about 0.5 ppm (same or less than pool water).
I then modified my kitchen sink by adding a valve to isolate the sink cold water from the house supply.


They used Prill beads in the peace corps , it filtered and cleaned water they found in the nether regions of Africa, it cleaned up muddy water and pond water which is full of bacteria so its certainly good enough to clean up tap water and it can be used for a lifetime, never needs replacement and one small bag will work for a gallon jug, they also hydrate every cell in your body, they really penetrate , great for your skin , might as well beautify yourself while you’re at it, if you are drinking stored water you already have enough to worry about without dry skin. Crystal clear water can have dangerous bacteria growing in it, chemical run-off, high levels of lead, mercury, or even arsenic! The second way of contamination is where the container you store water in starts to leach chemicals into the water it is holding. I can also shut off the water main and filter the water in my 75 gallon hot water tank if need be. Even if you store perfectly good water, storing it in the wrong way will mean that when you really need it, you will find yourself drinking poison rather than water.
Consider this an absolute base-line though, as many of the above considerations could up your family water needs considerably.
If you are using the water within six months you should not use swimming pool clorination unless you run it through a water purification system such as a Berkey.
I also added plumbing and another valve to connect the tank supply to the sink cold water supply.
I am sure you will be able to think of another use for these (or at least recycle them), but water storage is not the thing. One easy way to do this is just to buy a few cases of bottled water and store them away from heat and light (which can cause the plastic to leech chemicals into the water).
Beyond that, you can start a more aggressive plan to provide clean water to your family in the event of an emergency.
Glass is easy to come by, easy to sterilize, and does not pose the same risk of leeching chemicals into the water. How often you need to rotate your water supplies will depend largely on how well you are able to store them. If you are using any kind of plastic containers, or if the containers are not in a somewhat temperature-controlled space or exposed to light from time to time, do not store the water in them for more than 6 months. A container should be used within a short period of time after being opened, so drinking a 50-gallon drum of water in time will be a challenge.
To give you time to do this, and in order to have water on hand for getting out of dodge if need be, make sure you have a water storage plan in place to provide at least a couple weeks of water for your family. I use them in a glass gallon jug and a back-up , when one is empty I refill it and use the second one until the prill beads take hold on the refilled jug, I just keep rotating and always have crystal clear clean water n my fridge..



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