Asked by: Bobby Zasursky
asked in category: General Last Updated: 27th January, 2020

Do you need to treat tap water for storage?

Water from a chlorinated municipal water supply does not need further treatment when stored in clean, food-grade containers. Non-chlorinated water should be treated with bleach. Add 8 drops of liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) for every 4 liters (one gallon) of water.

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Hereof, how do you prepare tap water for storage?

Method A

  1. Thoroughly wash plastic soda bottles or milk jugs with warm, soapy water.
  2. Fill bottles or jugs directly from the faucet.
  3. Store sealed containers in a dark, dry, and cool place.
  4. If after six months you have not used the stored water, empty it from the containers and repeat steps 1 through 3 above.

Beside above, can tap water be stored long term? Culinary water (tap water) is what is usually stored for long term storage. If you have a clean, opaque container where the light cannot get through and your water is bacteria-free when you store it you probably don't need to treat it further. Under these conditions the water actually gets more pure as it is stored.

Also Know, how long is stored water good for?

Commercially packaged water can be stored for about 5 years; home filled stored water should be changed annually. Stored water will go flat but can be aerated prior to consumption by pouring it between two containers a few times.

How much water should I store for prepping?

After spending hours reading prepper blogs and forums, it seems the general consensus is that you should have at least two weeks worth of water on hand. So for a single person, that's 14 gallons of water. For a family of four, that would mean you'd need 56 gallons of water.

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