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 Post subject: How Much Water to Store
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:42 pm 
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Good discussion on just how much water is needed, not just for drinking & cooking, but all your other water needs: laundry, flushing toilets and other sanitary needs, etc. Just how much is enough?? You'll be surprised. And there are ways to help with this big need.


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 Post subject: How Much Water To Store?
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 5:02 pm 
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Water, Water Anywhere?
http://bucketideasforpreparedness.blogs ... where.html

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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 (½ gallon)

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

Washing Dishes - 1 ½ 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. (½ gallon)

Sanitation needs- you can flush your toilet with out running water, if you don’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.) (½ 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 day–they take anywhere from 2-5 gallons depending on the size. Also if you use minimum water–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 minimum’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 wasn’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 day
    1 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 day
    1 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


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 Post subject: Re: How Much To Store?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:20 pm 
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Emergency Water...How Much Do You Really Need?
http://preppershomejournal.blogspot.com ... eally.html

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One of our first goals as newbie preppers is to store up enough drinking water for our family for 14 days. The first thing we did was to start rinsing and refilling empty soda bottles with tap water, marking the date and storing them in a kitchen cabinet. We also started buying an extra 24 pack of bottled water each time we went to the store. So far we have four extra cases of bottled water, which is 12 gallons. We also have 18 2-liter soda bottles. That seems like a lot but it only works out to about 8.5 gallons.

Just how much water do we need? Let’s look at this a little closer. The general rule of thumb is that the average adult needs . . . .

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So, our 14 day needs look like this:

Drinking, cooking, hygiene: 70 gallons
Toilet Flushing: 56 gallons
Laundry and Dish washing: 26 gallons

Grand Total: 152 gallons

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 Post subject: Re: How Much To Store?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:36 pm 
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From: EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES
http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extens ... suppl.html

How much water should I store?

Having an ample supply of water is a top priority in an emergency. Everyone's needs will differ, depending upon age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate. Most people need to drink at least two quarts (64 ounces), which is equal to eight cups, of water each day. Hot environments can double the amount needed as the body uses water for cooling. The amount of water you need will also depend on the total amount of juices, soups, other drinks, and high moisture foods that are available. Children, nursing women, and ill people will need more. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing your activity level. Additional water will be needed for food preparation and hygiene. In general, store at least one gallon of water per person, per day of expected need. If you have pets, allow 1 quart per day for each dog or cat.

Storing at least a three-day supply is recommended, but consider storing a two-week supply if your home has enough space for it.


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 Post subject: Re: How Much To Store?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:21 pm 
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Water: How Much?

Storage Life of Dehydrated Foods

LDS Preparedness Manual
http://www.green-trust.org/freebooks/Preparedness.pdf

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Water Storage-Quantity

A water ration of as little as a pint per day has allowed life raft survivors to live for weeks, but a more realistic figure is 1 gallon per person per day for survival. 4 gallons per person/day will allow personal hygiene, washing of dishes, counter tops, etc. 5 to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet, or 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine. For short-term emergencies, it will probably be more practical to store paper plates and utensils, and minimize food preparation, than to attempt to store more water.


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