Needless to say, good clean pure water is absolutely vital for our ongoing good health. In regard to survival, we can reportedly go up to 3 minutes without air, live 3 hours in a truly harsh enviroment, go 3 days without water (although dehydration can occur within 1 hour in hot areas), and survive up to 3 weeks without food. Where water is concerned, weʼd certainly recommend at minimum we all standby store (in a cool and dark dry place preferably) some emergency water. For safest water filtration results with the best taste too, use a high quality filter and/or treatment purification drops. AquaTruWater.com now has an affordable and compact countertop reverse osmosis purifier, that is highly recommended by Mike Adams, "The Health Ranger." The BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com line of filters is consistently well rated too, such as the testing results by Mr. Adams, at NaturalNews.com. The Seychelle.com company is also well rated and offers an exceptional line of water filters that even includes an Extreme filter that eliminates radiation contamination. Their filters also raise the water pH which is a healthy bonus, especially their pH2O line, which is specifically designed for increased boosts. Their line includes water pitchers, bottles, straws, etc. Aquamira.com also has a good reputation and offers water bottles, purification drops, etc. We all definitely need to have some portable water bottles on hand (at least one for each person) with spare filters for emergency and/or bug out use. You can even use these now for everyday replacement of costly bottled water. Seychelle bottles as example, provide up to 100 gallons of filtered water before a fresh filter is needed. This would equal 757 half liters of bottled water, for just pennies per gallon. The bottles may be used over and over, are recycle friendly, with no leach and BPA free. Be aware too, that AugasonFarms.com offers Water Drink Pouches, 5 gallon storage boxes with liners and a 55 gallon storage kit. We might well need the ability to catch rain water if under all out extended disaster conditions. We also suggest you download our First Aid Tips pdf article under Downloads in the Health Tips folder and acquire the books: "Where There Is No Doctor" by David Werner and "When All Plans Fail" by Paul R. Williams, M.D. And of course, store some emergency long life food along with your water. On a health side note, the Omega-3s found in Krill Oil can definitely help avoid cellular dehydration issues.
Short of a good water filter, questionable tap water may be boiled for safe use for 3-5 minutes (add 1 minute in boil time for each 1000 feet in boiling location altitude). An alternative is to treat water with plain unscented household laundry bleach (5-6% hypochlorite under 6 months old). Use the generally suggested rate of 8 eye drops or 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of water, or 10 drops for a 2 liter soda bottle, or 1/2 teaspoon for 5 gallons. Double the dose if water to be treated is cloudy. Let stand for 30 minutes before use. Storage time should generally not exceed 3-6 months, but some sources say up to 2 years ok if treated and stored in a cool and dry dark environment (Note: up to 5 years is applicable if treated with the Aquamira drops and properly stored). Also, reportedly Lugol's 7% USP Premier Iodine at 2-3 drops in a liter of tap water will purify same, or 3-6 drops in a liter of river water will kill bacteria and make the water potable. Commercial bottled water and distilled water will generally fall under the 2 year storage rule. Plastic bottles should have a number imprinted on bottom of bottle, indicating type of plastic used in mfgr. of same, and for recycle purposes, as follows: 1 – PET, polyethlyene terephthalate, 2 – HDPE, high-density polyethylene, 3 – PVC, polyvinyl chloride, 4 – LDPE, low-density polyethylene, 5 – PP, polypropylene, 6 – PS/PS-E, polystyrene / expanded polystyrene, 7 – OTHER, resins or multi-materials. As a general rule, bottles with numbers 1, 3, 6 or 7 should not be refilled after initial use, but be recycled, as they are more subject to leach toxins. Bottles with numbers 2, 4 or 5 are usually ok for self refill. However, none of the bottles, regardless of number stamped should be exposed to relatively high heat, as leaching can occur (the more and longer exposed to heat), and they should definitely not be used to heat water in. For pH on 20 bottle water brands see https://alkalinewaterplus.com/analyzing-comparing-brands-of-bottled-water/ Note that many are acidic (alkaline above 7.0 being the much healthier). Containers previously used for milk or juice should not be used as contaminates can remain, but plastic soda bottles are suitable if properly cleaned. Water can be sifted thru paper coffee filters or even a T- shirt prior to treating, which can aid in removing any visible sediments and extend filter life. A PDF document concerning water purification and storage may be downloaded from fema.gov.
How much water should you store? One gallon per person, per day for 2 weeks is absolute minimum recommended amount. Active adults should drink at least 2 quarts per day. Plus, it would be beneficial to add another 1 gallon or more per day for cooking, bathing, toilet flushing, etc. Bottom line is, the more water you can store the better. See the unique stackable containers at WaterBrick.org. Their standard size unit holds 3.5 gal. or the one half size holds 1.6 gal. Solar tubes are available from Amazon and others, that would allow heating or even boiling water when they are placed in sunlight (such as stood up at a 45 degree angle). Important Water Notes: Where possible, it would behoove us health-wise to consume alkaline pH water with a pH above the 7.0 neutral range. However, if pH raised by filters and/or water ionizers, most stored water will usually decline fairly quickly (such as within 48 hours) back to it's original pH value. Therefore, it would usually warrant raising just prior to consumption under most emergency conditions. The alkaline pH drops (such as Acquamira.com) would probably be the most convenient to have on hand for this purpose. However, baking soda would also work, at 1/2 tsp per 1 gallon of water, or squeezing 1/2 lemon (if available) into 8 oz. of water. Natural apple cider vinegar at 1-2 tsp into 8 oz. water 3 times daily can help raise body pH as well as serve as a general purpose health tonic. Water ionizers are highly rated for consistent alkaline pH filtered water, but powered models do require electrical power to operate plus a pressured source of water. So, although beneficial, they may not be fully operational under true emergency conditions. Nevertheless, they remain recommended for everyday healthful use under normal conditions. See benefits at https://alkalinewaterplus.com/benefits-of-alkaline-ionized-water/ Note: portable models such as the Seychelle pH20 water filter/pitcher can serve under normal or emergency conditions provided a water base is available. Please Stay Well, Stay Prepared and Stay Prayed Up! Remember, the Sun was still Shining when Noah Built the Ark...
IMPORTANT PS: Good Water & Food are indeed required for our human survival while we are here on Earth, engaged in Phase 1 of Life. But, what about Phase 2, the Eternal Long Haul? What is required for good survival there? The sure answer is to become a sincere Born Again Christian. If you haven’t already done that be sure and Read the Christian Factors pdf article in the Messages folder under the Downloads tab at FactorReady.com for the exciting details from both Billy Graham and Greg Laurie!