It never hurts to be prepared. Every family should have a supply of water in their home in case access to freshwater is cut off for some reason. Storing water is easy as long as you have the proper equipment and the right storage techniques. Here are four tips that will help you store water in case of an emergency.
1. Purchase the proper containers
In a pinch, any container can be used to store water, but some containers are better than others. Purchase water storage containers or water tanks designated for long-term use. These containers don't contain BPA and other harmful chemicals that have been shown to leach into water and food over extended periods of time. Long-term plastic water storage containers are safe, effective, and inexpensive, especially when you consider the money you'll save by not relying on commercially bottled water. Water storage tanks are another option that can be built onto your property and use rainwater.
2. Wash your new containers before use
Before you fill your new storage containers with water, take the time to thoroughly wash and sanitize them. Use warm water and dish soap to wash the inside and outside of your containers. Sanitize the inside of the containers with a solution of diluted bleach and water and allow them to completely air dry. Once the sanitization process is complete, your storage containers are ready to be filled with water.
3. Store water in a cool, dark area if possible
Store your water in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight. Heat and ultraviolet light can degrade plastics over time. Long-term water storage containers are very durable, but you should still try to protect them whenever possible. The basement or garage is an ideal place to store your water. If you don't have access to either of these structures, you may store your water in a closet, pantry, or spare bedroom. Find somewhere out of the way to put your water storage containers so they'll be there when you need them.
4. Replace your water twice a year
Water can be stored for long periods of time, so you don't need to worry about constantly refilling your water storage containers. However, mold, algae, and bacteria may start to grow in water that has been in a sealed container for too long. You should replace your stored water every few months in order to keep it safe and drinkable. You may want to mark the date on your calendar to help you remember.
Reach out to a professional to discuss water storage solutions.