While just about any water tight container can be used for storage, keep in mind that any leftover food particles or other materials left in the container are potential sources of contamination.
Pregnant women and people with thyroid conditions should not drink water purified with iodine. Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission to support the site at no extra cost to you. Someone told me about two types of Iodine people may buy and the Lugol’s is NOT the stuff for water purification. We use it for our bathroom drinking water (not near our kitchen filter) and also when going on trips. Hello Laurie, I just added your article to my Pinterest to share with some of my friends, Hope you don’t mind. A Resource Website For Emergency Preparedness & Survivalism From a Holistic Perspective. Not drinking enough water can cause fatigue, it can also make you feel more hungry, which can lead to going through your food rations more quickly, it can trigger asthma attacks and many other ailments. Water also contains two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen so it is a good source of additional oxygen to the body which helps with killing bacteria and viruses and helps keep the body clean and healthy. So now that you have an idea of how much water you would like to store up on let’s talk about how you plan to store it.
Using just any old container that holds water is not necessarily a safe or healthy way to store water.
I see many polycarbonate water bottles being advertised as BPA free but I don’t see how this is actually technically possible as the primary building block used to make polycarbonate plastic is bisphenol A (BPA). So far the safest plastics for storing water seems to be #5 PP and Tritan copolyester which contains zero BPA.
I found a 5 gallon BPA Free Water Bottle from Enviro Products claiming to be the first ever BPA Free 5 gallon reusable bottle made from Tritan copolyester. Most premium barrels used for wine or whiskey are hand made oak wine barrels carved from white oak without any wax, paint or glue on the inside and are sealed naturally by filling them with water which expands the wooden oak stalves sealing any leaks.
Oak wine barrels are medium charred on the inside which is great for water as carbon and charcoal make great water filters. Once you have your amounts of water and what bottle to use sorted out next comes filling them up with water.
More than 240 million Americans use water from contaminated public water systems every day, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). According to Environmental Working Group, since 2004, testing by water utilities has found 315 pollutants in the tap water Americans drink, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) drinking water quality analysis of almost 20 million records obtained from state water officials. Physicians for Social Responsibility reports that over 75,000 toxic synthetic and chemical compounds can be identified in this country’s water sources, though only a fraction of them are targeted for regulation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently documented approximately 83,000 violations of water quality standards by municipal water systems, featuring over 21,000 contaminants, organic and inorganic, over the past 30 years, almost 200 of them already proven to be linked with adverse health effects. This doesn’t even take into account the known chemicals of chlorine and fluoride that are put into the water on purpose that have serious adverse health affects. Chlorinated water can destroy polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E in the body while generating toxins capable of free radical damage (oxidation).

Chlorinated water destroys much of the intestinal flora, the friendly bacteria that help in the digestion of food and which protects the body from harmful pathogens. Chlorinated water contains chemical compounds called trihalomethanes which are carcinogens resulting from the combination of chlorine with compounds in water. There are plenty of water stores that you can take your own bottles to be filled up on site. So now that you bottles are all filled up with clean purified water and ready to be stored you want to make sure your water stays clean, safe and fresh with no bacteria building up. Not only can stabilized oxygen be used for sanitizing water and preserving long term water storage but can be used medicinally as well. I know this was a bit of a long article but hopefully this will give you some healthier ways to store water and be prepared. This entry was posted in Water Purification and Storage and tagged BPA Free, emergency preparedness, emergency preparedness supplies, lemon essential oil, stabilized oxygen, storing water, Tritan copolyester, water storage.
When setting up your emergency food supply, proper storage is critical to make sure insects and other creatures don't get to your stash. Granted, unlike back then, bottled water is readily available from grocery stores, convenience stores, and vending machines. The general recommendation is that each person needs 1 gallon of water per day: 2 quarts for drinking, and 2 quarts for cooking and hygiene. The easiest way to have water on hand for emergency use is to purchase a sufficient quantity of bottled water from a store. Any food grade glass or plastic containers that previously held water, soda, or juice and that have screw-on, tight fitting lids. Wash both new and previously used containers and lids in hot water with a dishwashing detergent. If you get your water from a municipal or community water system, it should be safe to store directly from the tap with no additional treatment. If you get your water from a well, cistern, spring or private source it may be fine for immediate consumption, but may harbor contaminants that make it unsafe for long-term storage.
If you have the space, a freezer is also a good place to store your plastic water containers.
Properly treated water stored in properly cleaned containers should be able to be stored indefinitely.
Being a connoisseur of fine wine, I buy Chianti in glass gallon jugs, which I then use for my water storage.
If you recycle, you’ve probably come across food containers in the recycling container that had been rinsed before disposal, but still end up stinking. Additionally, iodine is a short-term water-purification solution and should not be used regularly for more than three months.
It is great information and I hope that some of my friends get something out of the great info you put together for us.
Getting a bottle meant for storing water that is BPA free is fairly easy to find these days now that the health risks of BPA have been receiving considerable attention world wide. It is obviously BPA free and impervious to oxygen and carbon dioxide but has a couple of distinct disadvantages in that the bottles are quite heavy and the glass could easily break if there was an emergency situation such as an earthquake, tornado or hurricane etc… and all your water supply could be gone instantly leaving you in a very serious situation of being without water.

With quality wooden barrels there are no worries about BPA, DEHA or other toxic chemicals leaching into the water and this is a great option for water storage.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that almost 1 million people in America fall ill annually from water contaminated with harmful microorganisms and about 900 die from drinking contaminated water.
The federal government does have health guidelines for others, but 49 of these contaminants have been found in one place or another at levels above those guidelines, polluting the tap water for 53.6 million Americans.
These chemicals, also known as organochlorides, do not degrade very well and are generally stored in the fatty tissues of the body (breast, other fatty areas, mother’s milk, blood and semen).
Most of us in the United States take for granted our readily available supply of safe water. An added precaution however, is to add a small amount of plain, un-scented chlorine (5.25 % sodium hypo-chlorite) bleach.
Each gallon of water is treated with 8 drops of bleach and stored in my basement under one of the workbenches. The colder the water you wish to disinfect, the more required time is needed for disinfecting.
These are good low-cost filtering elements for home, backpacking and scouting needs, but they are not good for long-term storage because they can develop mold and mildew and they are hard to clean.
I’ve seen too many sites recommending storing as a minimum only one gallon of water per person, per day.
Or, if there are no stores like this local to where you live, buying your own water filtration system and running your tap water through a water purifier is another option.
These may be available in the household departments of grocery stores, department stores and discount stores, or from wholesalers that supply the food and beverage industries.
They should not be stored near any hydrocarbons (gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, pesticides, etc.) because hydrocarbon vapors can penetrate polyethylene plastics. But taste may be improved by introducing air by dumping the water from one container to another. If not doing so already, now may be the time to consider adding emergency water storage to your self-reliance list.
Because iodine is absorbed into dirt and debris, which is found in water, its purification dosage varies. Because carbon is only mildly effective in filtering out particulates and microorganisms, it is mostly used as a second or third stage filter in home and portable water use.
PVC can also contain BPA so if you have PVC piping in your house and you run the hot water you are bathing in and rinsing your food with substantial amounts of BPA. There are, however, recommendations that for the best tasting water, it should be stored for no longer than 5 to 12 months.
A good product is Potable Aqua™ Iodine Purification Tablets—Just add two tablets per liter of water.

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