We just used our water storage for the first time. When we ran the kids' baths last night, they came out yellow! I called the city water people this morning and it turns out they're flushing the system, and that the water is perfectly safe and drinkable, although they advise against washing your whites in it.
In any case, between the time we noticed the yellow water and the time I was able to call the city, we used our water storage. I've been filling up my empty, rinsed-out gallon vinegar bottles with water since we moved into this house, and we have quite a collection now (we go through a lot of vinegar!). Here are some tips on how to store water by the books—it looks like I should be bleaching my bottles first, and they're the wrong kind of plastic, oops!
I'm happy to report that the water from the bottles tasted great. We went through about two gallons between drinks, brushing teeth, and making breakfast.
I hope we will never be in a situation where we need to live off our stored water, but I'm glad we had this small opportunity to try it out. It made me aware of how much water we use, and it's a lot!
Although our collection of water is growing steadily, I would still like to have a couple of these filter bottles on hand eventually—they would be awfully useful in an emergency.
One last thought: hand sanitizer might be a good supplement to water storage. Although we continued to use our yellow water for washing, hand sanitizer would be nice if you had no running water at all.
Do you store water?
Labels: Food Storage