You can actually go over a month without food, but after 3-4 days with water, you’re in major trouble. You need water for many normal tasks and routines, and for living period. You need water for drinking, but also for baths, cooking, toilets, and cleaning. Water availability, however, can be impacted by natural disasters, since many times people are not ready for the issues that come about because of this.
There are many water supplies that can be hit with these issues, oftentimes due to not enough electricity, or no water from the purification plants unless you have a non-electric well. This can also happen due to water rupture, and many times, people may be out of water of two weeks. Water contamination due to flooding also can happen, and freezing weather is another reason for it. Local streams aren’t safe since the water is polluted there, and oftentimes, there’s too much debris in those places too after a disaster. It can even make the water taste bad, which happens due to the items decomposing in it.
Some people can use containers, which are used for transporting water to store, and while five gallon buckets may not be good for drinking, it can be used for other options than consumption.
You should always store water for emergencies and have two gallons a day. One should be for drinking, and the other for uses. It’s preferable to have this there and ration it for survival. You should be careful as well to not have bleach bottles look similar to water. Bleach can be used to help disinfect and clean the water, but if you drink it, obviously that’s dangerous, and you should make sure you discern the difference.
You can also use fruit jars, cleaning them with water, leaving some head spaces, and then put the jars in boiling water baths for about thirty minutes, and once that’s there, you date it, and store it. Yes, you can use this similar to how you can food, and it should be done.
Sometimes, if you have a well and a pump that you can physically generate a power supply from, you might be able to do this, but for the most part, people don’t do that. However, you shouldn’t store plastic containers of this near pesticides, fuels, and other different materials, since the vapors from this can hit the plastic, and oftentimes, you should make sure that the water is protected from sunlight.
Always be diligent on where you put the water to, and make sure that you rotate this out every several years or so, and you should always use oldest inventory first and then move onto newer inventory.
With all of this in mind, you should make sure that you take the time to ensure that your water supply is constantly working, and you have the right water on hand for your goods and items. This will help you immensely during harsh times.