Water Filtration Versus Purification

Water
There are three main situations where you need water storage. We've talked about the first two on our blog already, and today we want to cover the third one. Grab N Go: Have some small, portable water containers included as part of your Disaster Kits so you can grab them in case of an evacuation. Bulk Storage at Home: In case of an emergency where your water supply is cut off for a short period of time, you should have at least a two week supply of drinkable water on hand. Choose water storage containers that fit your space and budget constraints. Long Term Water Needs: Since you can't store endless amounts of water, if there is a long term water shortage, you must find a source of water and…
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Water Storage: A Month of Questions Answered

Water
Water storage seems like it should be an easy topic, but when you start really getting into it it begins to feel very complicated and overwhelming. We are going to spend the next few weeks going over MANY aspects of water storage in depth and hopefully answer all of the questions that you may have regarding this subject. Here are some of the questions we will be answering: What types of water storage containers are best? Where can you find containers for free or cheap? How can you store water with limited storage space? When and how should you treat your water before storing? How often should you rotate your water and how do you do it easily? How can you make water rotation more efficient? What is the difference…
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NEW PRODUCT: Berkey Water Filters/Purifiers

Water, Water Purifiers
As we promised on Saturday, today we will be introducing three new products throughout the day. These are all somewhat more advanced and expensive things that a lot of our readers have been looking into lately. If you are just getting started, PLEASE don't feel overwhelmed or discouraged that you are not ready to think about these things or purchase them yet. Take it in BabySteps! Advanced Preparedness Concepts In BabyStep 2 we cover water storage. When you are just getting started, even going with the minimum of 14 gallons of storage per person can feel overwhelming. Many people start with just filling up juice and pop bottles as they acquire them, but over time gradually purchase better containers with more capacity. After going through our 7 Day Challenge each…
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HOW TO: Turn Off Main Water Supply

How-To Series, Videos
Welcome to the next installment in our "How To" series. As we make new posts we will be compiling them all onto one page so you can easily access all of the previous posts in the series. Visit the "How To: A Helpful Series" page now to check it out! Now on to today's helpful hint: In an emergency situation where your municipal water source could be contaminated, it is important to immediately turn off the water entering your home from the main water line. This will help to prevent contamination and will allow you to use alternate water sources in your home such as: hot water heater, toilet tanks (unless a colored disinfectant was used), water pipes, soft water tanks, etc. Since we did not know how to shut…
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BabyStep 2: Water (revised)

7 Day Challenge
In order to get your ready for the Seven Day Challenge, we are going through revising and cleaning up all our BabySteps. We created the BabySteps to break down the vast amount of information in the "food storage world" when we first got started last summer. From the BabySteps, we developed the BabySteps Checklists as a way to split up the 10 steps over a one year period. We decided it would be good to revise each BabyStep as part of our Summer Crash Course. So jump in and get started ... it's not too late! This week we are covering BabyStep 2: Water (click here to view the full step) Updated key points relating to: Water storage for pets Storing water in multiple sizes of containers Refilling your water…
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Water and 72 Hour Kit Reminders

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits
This is a friendly reminder from Food Storage Made Easy to take care of some of your "maintenance items" this weekend. If you are a member of the LDS Church we like to recommend that you take care of these things on conference weekend since it is a consistent event every six months. If you are not LDS, never fear, we will make sure to do a blog post around this time every six months as well. So make sure you are subscribed to our RSS feeds so you don't miss a single post! Step 2: Water Empty out your water jugs, check for leaks or cracks Refill the jugs with fresh water and add bleach if your water is not chlorinated Purchase a new bottle of bleach for emergency…
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Water Storage: Alternate Water Sources

Beyond the Babysteps, Water
In our BabyStep 2: Water Storage page we recommend to store a 2-week supply of water for your family. This should be enough to sustain you through the majority of shorter-term emergencies. But what if water is unavailable for a longer period of time? Do you know where the closest source of water to your house is? Are you sure the water is drinkable? Some people like to have several months to a year worth of water stored (check out these options discussed on the Utah Preppers website), but for a lot of us that just isn't practical. This post will discuss some other means of finding drinking water in case you are not as amazing as the "Preppers" folks are yet ;) Alternate Water Sources Water in your home…
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Water Purification Methods

Beyond the Babysteps, Water
This post is part of a series of more detailed information on water storage frequently asked questions which includes posts storage containers, alternate sources of water, water purification methods, and more. If you are just getting started in preparedness, we recommend visiting our BabyStep 2: Water page for some basic info on water storage. Contaminated water can contain parasites as well as microorganisms that cause disease such as dysentery, typhoid fever, salmonella, giardiasis, and hepatitis as well as having a bad odor and taste. You should purify ALL water before using it for drinking, food preparation, or hygiene. NO WATER CAN BE PRESUMED SAFE! Before you begin a purification process, it's a good idea to strain the water through some sort of filter such as layers of paper towel or…
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