I know it's an older topic but thought I'd chime in anyway :)
We have 2 55-gallon barrels that we are about to turn into rain barrels - finally! There are 7 under the roof and several out from under the roof whom we expect to come here in times of emergency. We have 72 hours of water currently put up plus the pond in the back yard. However, I would rather have more stored, thus the barrels. I've been studying various water purifying methods since being in the military, which I'm comfortable with, I just don't want to have to deal with that added burden in an emergency, ya know?
If you have some type of water source, pond, creek, lake, river, etc. you may want to look into a water filtration system. We have a large and a mobile one, they can take scummy pond water and purify the water.
My biggest problem at the moment - with any resource - is storage. We live in a townshouse so I cannot alter too much.
That said, there are four of us and at any time we have nine gallons on our storage rack and usually six in our fill up box plus whatever is in the fridge. I would love to say that I remember to drive the suggested water amount each day but no sadly we tend to get sick when we drink the public water so we fill up with spring water.
My family has 3 people so we would need 9 gallons of water for our 72 hour kit. For long term storage we would need 42 gallons of water and a water filter and extra filters.
I have two 50 gallon dried cherry barrels (food grade) that I picked up from a farmer. The great thing about the barrels is that they have a really wide lid which makes them pretty easy to clean out. Since I've moved I haven't refilled them yet and I really need to. I also need to get a water filter and spare filters. My property does have a sealed off well house. I need to determine if it is good drinking water!
I'm gonna feel pretty bad if I don't get my water preps done soon, especially since I have the barrels already.
Do you know how much water your family needs for an emergency storage? It is recommended that each member of your family have 1 gallon of water per person / per day. So for a 72 hour kit it is recommended that you have 3 gallons (or 24 of the 16 oz water bottles) of water per person.
Do you know how much water is recommended for a longer term storage? 2 weeks of water is recommended for a longer term storage, again 1 gallon per person / per day, with a water filter and spare filters for longer emergencies. So for each member of your family for long term water storage it is recommended that you have 14 gallons per person.
So how much water do you need for your family? How are you storing it? Do you have a Water Filter? Do you have spare filters? How about a well, pond, stream or other water source?
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