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Frugal Water Storage

by Nikki Willhite


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Are you prepared for the winter?  If your pipes freeze, or there is an interruption in the flow of water to your house, will you be able to deal with it?


The only thing that surpasses the need for food is the need for water.  You can go several weeks without food, but you cannot survive without water for more than a few days.


The good thing is that it is not hard to store water, and it doesn't cost a lot of money. There are many ways to find water or to store it.  Here is one of the easiest ways to store a 3-day supply of water in your home for your family.


Store your water in plastic gallons containers.  In the picture above you can see the containers we use.  They come from the grocery store, and when we purchased them they had water in them.  After we used the water, we filled them with water from our sink for emergency water storage. 


Use only water containers.  Do not use empty milk containers. Add 1/4 tsp of fresh chlorine to each gallon of water.  Do not use chlorine that has had  additives, color or scent added to it.


Use water from the kitchen faucet.  Do not use water from the hose.


Before you drink the water, let it sit open for 30 minutes.


Once you add chlorine to water and seal it up, it will last for a long time.  My husband recently found some water in our home (that we had misplaced) that was 10 years old. He opened it and drank it.  It was still clean and pure.  It tasted a little flat, but it was fine. One way to make old water taste better is to put oxygen in it by pouring it between two containers.


The hardest part of storing water is finding a place to put it.  If you value emergency preparation, you will make a place for it in your closets, or under your bed.  Hopefully you will never need to use it, but there is a lot of peace of mind knowing it is there.


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!





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