One of the best ways to guarantee water security for our households is learning how to store this water. This is why we are sharing these water storage tips that will ensure households don’t lack this very important resource.
Here are the 4 water storage tips for the household.
#1 Store your water in the right container
The material that your water storage container is made out of is very important when deciding on where to store household water. Your storage container must be food grade, must be recyclable, and must be sealable. As a caution, avoid using containers that had previously been used to store other liquids like milk or juices because these containers can never be 100 per cent cleaned therefore if you are looking to store water for long term use, it is likely to get contaminated by the milk proteins or juices.
#2 Identify a good preservative for your water
For most urban and even rural towns, water that is fetched from your tap may not need an additional preservative because it’s already treated. However, if your water is from a source you are not sure about, you will need to add a preservative to it so as to guarantee that it stays for a long period without the risk of contamination. Be conscious of the fact that water preservatives degrade over time therefore familiarize yourself with the shelf life of the preservative you are using.
#3 Identify a good spot to place your storage containers
Part of getting water storage right is keeping it in a safe environment. This is especially for the case of water that will be intended for drinking. In addition to the right container, where you store the container will also matter. For instance, a dark closet will be better than a garage because in the latter, the container will be exposed to sunlight which is known to quickly degrade preservatives like chlorine.
#4 Ensure your water is replaced every six months
If you read the label on bottled water, you will notice that it has a shelf life. What this indicates is that water cannot stay pure for long because eventually it will get contaminated by microorganisms that naturally exist in the environment. It’s therefore necessary to replace water from our long term storage containers every six months especially if it’s water for consumption purposes.
As we talk about water storage, we should always remember that other than water for drinking and cooking, we should also store water for other uses such as cleaning utensils, laundry, bathing, cleaning surfaces and all other domestic uses. It’s therefore important to have storage tanks large enough for all these functions, but store water for consumption separately.