I have felt impressed to encourage everyone everywhere to get a supply of water into their storage. It is recommended that we store a minimum of 14 gal per person in our household. This is easy to do. It can be kept in a food storage room, in the garage, or under a bed.
Water can be stored in 55 gal drums, 5 gal containers, or in our empty of food canning jars.
When we store water we should empty and refill the containers twice a year if possible. Water storage could save our life. If the power was out and we could no longer pump water from our well, or there was a natural disaster in our area and water was contaminated we would be ever so grateful that we followed the council of the living Prophet and stored water. We can live quite a while without food but only a short time without water.
So please as you are out and about this weekend look into getting some containers to store water in and then fill them up.
I have three 55 gal drums that I keep in my garage and 6 5 gal jugs in my food storage room. I purchased my drums second hand from a classified site (KSL classifieds) for about $20 and I purchased my 5 gal jugs from the local grocery store for $5. This is a small price to pay for the security it provides to our family.
As a Mother and grandmother I also purchased three 5 gal jugs for each of my kids and their families as birthday gifts last year along with a water filter bottle for each adult in the home. I purchased them from the church’s online store. Recommendations on water storage from the church’s web site follow.
Commercially bottled water in PETE (or PET) plastic containers may be purchased. Follow the container’s “best if used by” dates as a rotation guideline. Avoid plastic containers that are not PETE plastic.
If you choose to package water yourself, consider the following guidelines:
Use only food-grade containers. Smaller containers made of PETE plastic or heavier plastic buckets or drums work well.
Clean, sanitize, and thoroughly rinse all containers prior to use. A sanitizing solution can be prepared by adding 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) to 1 liter (one quart) of water. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used.
Do not use plastic milk jugs, because they do not seal well and tend to become brittle over time.
Do not use containers previously used to store non-food products.
Containers should be emptied and refilled regularly.
Store water only where potential leakage would not damage your home or apartment.
Protect stored water from light and heat. Some containers may also require protection from freezing.
The taste of stored water can be improved by pouring it back and forth between two containers before use.
If your water supply is not known to be safe or has become polluted, it should be purified before use. Water purification is generally a two-step process.
Step 1: Clarify
Cloudy or dirty water must first be made clear. It should be passed through filter paper, fine cloth, or some other filter. It should be allowed to settle, and then the clear water on top can be carefully drawn. Filtered or clear settled water should always be disinfected before use.
Step 2: Disinfect
Bringing water to a rolling boil for 3 to 5 minutes will kill most water-borne microorganisms. However, prolonged boiling of small quantities of water may concentrate toxic contaminants if present.
Adding 8 drops of fresh liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) to every 4 liters (one gallon) of water will kill most microorganisms. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used. The use of bleach does not address toxic contamination.
Commercial Water Filters
Commercial water filters can effectively filter and purify water contaminated with microorganisms, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals. Their effectiveness depends on design, condition, and proper use.