BACKWOODS SURVIVAL BLOG: A Primer on General Basic Emergency Preparedness: Water Safety and Storage

military (their hand-held desalinators are standard equipment in Navy life-rafts and fighter aircraft ejection seats have Katadyn units included in their attached survival gear). Likewise, they are utilized by the militaries of Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Canada, and Switzerland; the Red Cross and many other relief agencies use Katadyn products in challenging conditions, including tsunami relief efforts; and, hikers, campers, and backpackers around the globe rely on Katadyn to provide safe drinking water. Still other filtering options include individual straw-type filters, such as the LifeStraw , Frontier , and Survival Straw brands. 2.) Treating. Questionable water can be made safe to drink via treating with special chemical solutions, such as Purification Tabs / Tablets / Pills or through the use of a product like the PurifiCup . 3.) Ultraviolet purification. Ultraviolet light destroys harmful bacteria . Products that are available for this process are marketed under the SteriPen brand. 4.) Disinfecting. A tried-and-true method of disinfecting scummy water is achieved simply by bringing it to a good, rolling boil for about 10 minutes. By and large, this will kill *MOST* of the bad stuff, but has the disadvantage of requiring you to use fuel that you have set aside for cooking. A better option is to disinfect any water that comes from a source that hasn’t already been treated with a tiny bit of bleach, as this is the same method used by municipal utilities. Simply use eight (8) drops of *UNSCENTED* liquid household chlorine bleach per 1 gallon of water, and allow 30 minutes or so for the chlorine taste/smell to subside. Many folks say 2-3 drops is enough, but the Clorox company, themselves advise 8 drops per gallon of clear water and 16 drops per gallon of cloudy or suspect water. If you have no access to natural sources of water, then storing a supply is your only alternative. All stored water must be kept in food-grade plastic containers . Avoid glass containers as they break too easily. One option utilized by many is to simply purchase cases of commercially-bottled water and rotate their supply. You may, likewise, store your own water in clear plastic 2 or 3-liter soda bottles. Stay away from milk-type jugs as these are not meant for long-term storage and will break-down over time, leaching chemicals into your water. If using the clear plastic bottles, you need to thoroughly clean them with dish-washing soap and rinse them out really well to get rid of all the soap. Then, sanitize them with a solution made by adding one (1) teaspoon of *UNSCENTED* liquid household chlorine bleach to about a quart of water — swish the sanitizing solution around, so that it touches all surfaces inside the bottle, then rinse thoroughly again with clean water. Any stored water that originally comes from a municipal source i.e. “tap” water can be stored in the bottles after they are cleaned without any further treatment. Fill the bottles completely and seal them tightly, using the bottle’s original cap (this is to ensure a tight fit). Be careful not to touch the inside of the cap or mouth of the bottle with your fingers in order to be sure bacteria present on your hands does not contaminate the bottle you just disinfected. Date the outside of the container, so that you are aware of when it was filled, then store in a cool, dark place.
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