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How Much Water Will You Need To Survive?

Water is one thing that our bodies can not do without for very long, Under ideal conditions you can survive for 3-5 days without water, as you can see that is not very long, water is critical to our very survival. We need roughly two quarts of water each day just to replenish our bodies of it's normal daily loss. Every organ in your body needs water to function properly, without it they will quickly shut down.

Ideally, you will need one gallon of water per person per day, half a gallon for drinking, the rest for cooking and other uses. Keep in mind that the water in your water heater tank is also available for drinking. Water storage may prove to be a problem depending on your situation, if you do not have to evacuate then you should have adequate room to store your water. On the other hand if you do have to evacuate then you will want your water to be in more portable containers.

Try to select storage containers that are easy to stack, if you can't stack the containers, you're severely limiting the amount that can be stored. Buy cases of glass, wide-mouthed, quart-size jars. You can use larger glass bottles, but the weight may become a problem. because water weighs 8.33 lbs. per gallon.

Fill with filtered tap water and place the bottles back in the original containers. Full cases can be stacked to a height about shoulder high, especially in a corner or up against a wall. If you have the space outdoors, set up rain barrels to collect and hold water that can be used for toilet flushing, or with filtering, can serve as a backup drinking and washing supply.

If you're forced to leave the comforts of your home there are just a few simple guidelines. First, be certain you have enough lightweight water containers to carry about a gallon per person. This is the one instance where it makes sense to use plastic bottles. If you do, try to stick with #2, #4 or# 5 plastics. Second, be sure to have at least one high-quality portable water purifier.

Planning ahead will make it a lot easier when the time comes, if you will add some extra cases of water each week to your grocery list you will be surprised how fast it will accumulate. Having the peace of mind knowing that you are prepared will be priceless!


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