Water Storage

Water Storage

The recent news out of West Virginia brings home some good discussion about water storage. This was a little different than the majority of our plans as there was no notice. What if you woke up one morning and realized the water coming out of the tap could not be used.

Do you know how much water to store and plan per person? These are all questions that are at the tip of our thought process. While there are many different things that you can use to store water what is the best way. How do you deal with any purification issues? I am reviewing our plans for water and the storage as we speak.

Given the necessity of water for our survival you would think it was higher on the list for a lot of people. Feel free to comment on what your plans are for a two week supply of water if the tap water can not be trusted.


Water Storage — 3 Comments

  1. I am just outside the affected area. At one point some said my area was in fact part of the ban, but that was incorrect information.

    Being so close is making me think too. I am planning on purchasing a Berkey. I have 2 of the 7 gallon jugs from Walmart. I don’t keep them full, but that will change. I am also considering adding one or two more jugs.

    My grandparents are still on a well so if all else failed I could have got water there. As long as there was power.

    I think a lot in the area are thinking about how to deal with the situation. I just hope their solution isn’t wait for the water trucks to arrive.


    • Zach,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I thought about you and whether you were affected by the outage.

      I have heard very good things about the Berkey, but am curious if any water folks (yeah I am talking about omegaman) can weigh in if the Berkey could have filtered out the chemical. I am anticipating that no one would say yes as the potential liability is not worth it.

      A good private well is always a good option and thoughts given to power the well to get water or count on another source. There is also the testing of the well water and potential concerns about storage of water in any containers.

      These are all things that I feel like a lot of us need to be discussing and much more implementation of said plans need to be added.

  2. When it comes to chemical contamination then water treatment becomes very tricky. Matching the treatment to the chemical is paramount. There are chemicals that can get around or through every treatment known to man. If you have a filter like a berkey, it may remove the chemical. However only one of the seven layers in the filter will remove the chemical, meaning that thin layer wont last very long if it has to remove large amounts of one specific chemical. If the contamination is persistent or ongoing then a larger filter containing only media that removes the chemical is better. There are even chemicals that can survive a reverse osmosis and distillation process. The beat thing to do is to have a multiple types of treatment. Have a filter and a reverse osmosis more barriers you have in place the safer your water is.