Water is essential for life. We all know that. But, it is also essential to flush your toilet, do a lot of cooking and cleaning, etc. And, most water supply systems are powered by electricity.
Having been raised in a rural community, we were taught to always have water on hand. Back then, we just had old milk jugs we filled with water and stuck in the corner. Of course, now there is bottled water but if you stop to think how much water you might need if the power was off for a couple of days, that would be a lot of water. I believe the rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day.
That sounds like a lot but if think of all the ways you need water, it really isn’t. You drink water – supposedly you should drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses per day or 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce for every pound you weigh. That to me is a lot of water.
You also use it for cleanliness. Simple things like brushing your teeth and bathing are important. Of course, in a emergency situation you would probably only do “spot” bathing but it still takes water.
You use it for cooking also. But, once again in an emergency it would depend on what you were able to cook. Grilling doesn’t require a lot of water but if you were cooking on a camp stove, it might need water.
The one thing I never considered was flushing the toilet. I did not realize how much water that takes until we had a big plumbing issue and had to go without water for 3 days while they fixed it. No big deal I thought, we will just buy a couple gallons of water and be good to go. We bought a couple gallons and then had to go to the neighbor and fill them up several times. It seemed like such a waste to buy water just to flush the toilet.
Of course, in a power outage, your neighbors aren’t probably going to have water either. Since then, we have been buying a couple cases of water and replacing it as we drink it. When we know a blizzard or tornado is coming, we fill up the bathtub. That water wouldn’t be good for drinking but it would flush the toilet many times.
I do have friends that stockpile water in the blue jugs you get for camping. They are clean, reusable and safe for drinking.
I guess bottom line, it depends on where you live, what natural disasters you might have, how much space you have, etc. as to how much water you might want to keep on hand.
What do you do for water storage? How much do you keep on hand.