Saturday, May 30, 2015

Be Prepared: May - Water

I know that I'm late in getting this posted but life has been a bit crazy. This month's good storage item is water. Recently I've read in the news that California is going through a major drought and the water is almost dried up in the state. YIKES!! I can't believe it, one of Earth's most renewable resources is being depleted in California. Now more than ever is the time to store water. I live in Arizona, but still the thought of not having enough water to help sustain my family and our home kind of scares me now. I started storing water a few years ago but haven't been very consistent. I have a few gallons stored in the bottom of my pantry, but it's not enough to sustain my family for a year.

There are so many different ways to store water or even collect it. I want to share with you some ideas to help you get started.

If you live in a state, or region where the average rainfall is more than 2 inches a year, a rain barrel is going to be a good option for you. There are several different sizes to fit your needs. The good thing about having a rain barrel is you can use it to help water your garden, which you should've started last month, or whenever your prime planting season is for your area.

Another option is to refill milk jugs or large juice jugs. My preference is clear, so that I can see what is inside. I label it with a date, and I store it in my pantry. You should always store your smaller water bottles and containers in a cool dark place to avoid evaporation.

You can also order small water pouches for your 72 hour kits. Or get canned water. Did you know you can can water wig a hot water bath process, like you do fruits and veggies? Yep, pretty cool, huh!?

You also want to make sure you have water purification items just in case you get caught with unclean water. You want to be able to clean it enough to drink it so that you don't get sick.

May preparedness file

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