Tests over many years have demonstrated that water may be stored for long periods of time without spoiling if you are precautious. Water storage for emergency use is extremely important since water is more essential than even food in sustaining life. You can live for several days without food, but it is impossible to survive more than a few days without water. So in continuing with water basics, in order to make your storage water last long enough for use, there are some simple things you can do to preserve it.
Understand that most water that come out of your tap is cleaned and filtered through the city water treatment plants. However, this does not mean that your water will not have the ability to grow bacteria or algae type of build up. So once the city water treatment plants stop operating you will need water that is able to be ingested and used. If you don’t treat your water with something you will need to change out your water every year.
Treating your 55 gallon drums with an water treatment additive will keep your water safe for drinking and cooking use for up to 5 years. Using an chlorine dioxide treatment (Part A) and Phosphoric acid activator ( Part B) will help to kill odor and give your water a better taste. Basically it makes the water bacteriostatic, meaning, no bugs.
YOU will need to mix these products together prior to treating the water. Do not just pour them, into your storage container. These solutions should be added together in a clean cup and then let sit for 5 minutes. Once activated you can add them to your water. Stir the water (clean item) and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Now the water is good to use. Next blog will discuss water purification.