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According to the Red Cross and Civil defense, you need a minimum of 14 gallons per person for a 2 week period. That is enough for 1 gallon per person per day, which is bare minimum survival,3 gallons needed for enough water for personal hygiene, doing dishes

4 gallons to have enough for more personal care, to wash clothing and minimal cleaning.

This breaks down as follows: (In parenthesis are per person needs)

Drinking- Seven gallons for drinking would give each person 8 cups per day for 2 weeks (Â½ gallon)

Food Preparation for a family of 6 will take about 1 1/2 gallon per day. (1 quart)

Washing Dishes - 1 Â½ gallon per day (1 quart)

Personal Hygiene - Hygiene water is not optional! If you don't wash your hands you can spread diseases quickly. Tooth brushing water must be purified. Tooth brushing will take 1 cup per teeth brushing, not with running water. (brush 2 times minimum) Pour the water in the cup and swish from there. Hand washing would take absolute minimum of 2 cups. This would need to be purified too, your hands touch what goes into your mouth. Wash your hands 3 meals and 4 times going potty= 7 times minimum. (Â½ gallon)

Sanitation needs- you can flush your toilet with out running water, if you donâ€™t have broken pipes. We will talk about sanitation in detail later on, but several people would have to use the bathroom before you used a 2 gallons to flush it. That would have to be a personal choice. For our purposes we will say 3 flushes per day = 6 gallons. (1 gallon) (You would need to use water from left over from dishes and washing hands.)

Bathing - Can be done via spit bath..each person uses 2 quarts water to get cleaned up with, starting with the top of the body and going to the feet... You would have to save up to wash hair. (Note this water does not have to be purified like drinking water.) (Â½ gallon)

A bathing side note: There are also solar showers that work well in the summer time. They come in several sizes. It takes several hours and you need a sunny day. You probably need more than one per family or there could be only one shower per dayâ€“they take anywhere from 2-5 gallons depending on the size. Also if you use minimum waterâ€“less than 2 inches you could take a bath. If water is really short, then more than one person can bathe in the same water, just adding a bit more hot water, and saving a bit of fresh for rinsing hair.

TOTAL for minimumâ€™s listed above= 3 gallons per day. ( A little less with recycling)

If we were truly in a crisis situation , we would probably know after about a week that the water wasnâ€™t coming back on, with this amount of water, we would hopefully have enough time to find more resources before it ran out.

This chart shows how much water you would need for a two weeks supply for 1-2-3-4-5-6 people. (Babies would need more.)

1 gallon for each person per day1 person - 1 gallon = 14 gallons

2 people - 2 gallons = 28 gallons

3 people - 3 gallons = 42 gallons

4 people -4 gallons = 56 gallons

5 people - 5 gallons = 70 gallons

6 people - 6 gallons = 84 gallons

2 gallons each per day1 person - 2 gallons = 28 gallons

2 people - 4 gallons = 56 gallons

3 people - 6 gallons = 84 gallons

4 people - 8 gallons = 112 gallons

5 people - 10 gallons = 140 gallons

6 people - 12 gallons = 168 gallons