H20 – Vital Element!

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Water, h20 is our body’s most vital element and  is the most important item you can put in a survival planning shopping list.

The effects of dehydration can be damaging and it is a hazard we can avoid by drinking a good share of this precious liquid, water.

Pre-bottled water may not be on hand when we are in a crisis mode and the search for it can be costly to the bodies energy stores.

Needlessly wandering in search of fresh water can be avoided if we have enough on hand in our storage to supply us for a few days.

If you want to take it even further, storing water long term needs to meet certain conditions. The bottled water we buy in the stores is easy to store.

Buy it, stock it, buy more when we drink it. But what else do we need to know about h20 and long term storage. How can we tell if it is good to drink and if not how to we make it drinkable water?

For a longer term item in our emergency pantry we should choose some simple equipment and learn a couple of things about h20 processing and treatment.

Water that may be unclean and not fit for human’s to drink is called non-potable water. This water is good for washing or for our bathing purposes. Non-potable water may be turned into drinking water with filtering and sanitizing.

Boiling water is one of the best ways sanitize your water source. When water is brought to a boil and left for a few minutes the bacteria is killed and the water can be used for drinking. Bleach applied in small quantities can also sanitize water. Add 2-3 drops per quart. Use an accurate measurement so that the water is not toxic. Bleach can be very harmful if too much is added.

More good water tips about the vital element, h20, may be read in the article:

Excerpt from: H20 – A Dozen Reasons Healthy To Love Water –

Author RiaB

Make sure to have plenty of water on hand for what if’s!

Store at least 1 gallon of h20 for washing and about 1/2 gallon per person for drinking water. Add another 1/2 gallon of water for cooking per person per day. Set aside a minimum of 3 days water rations for emergency situations.

Use individual water bottles for drinking water and portion control. Use gallon size bottled water for cooking and for hot water to bathe in, wash with, or for general cleaning. If there is room for the larger 5 gallon bottles they are a great way to store water for emergencies!

Always store water in a dark place. Exposing water to sunlight encourages the growth of bacteria. Replace h20 every 4 – 6 months. Rotate the water stored for clean up purposes or in the event water supply is turned off. If water supply to the home is cut-off for any length of time it is recommended tap water should be boiled until reports tell you it is safe to use again. (more..)


Storing water is essential to our preparedness activities. IF we learn how to use the processes we need to make sure we can have fresh, clean, drinkable water the better we are in the event of an emergency.

By keeping in mind how much healthier we are with a good supply of h2o that ever so vital element, water, it will be much easier to make sure we have plenty of water to drink any time,  survival mode or not!

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