Tips for Storing Water for Emergencies


Emergencies can happen at any time, and you never know when they might strike.

For that reason, it’s always helpful to have a supply of water on hand just in case. You never know what can happen, and water is a necessity. We have to have it. So, it makes sense to keep a healthy supply on hand, according to FEMA, the American Red Cross, and virtually every other emergency management agency in the country.

How much is enough? What’s the best way to keep water? How long can you store it? We’ll answer all of these questions with these handy tips from a home water delivery service.

Keeping an Ample Supply

How much water is enough?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, each person in your household needs a minimum of a gallon per day, with a three-day supply. The American Red Cross actually recommends even more – a two-week supply in total. That equals 56 gallons for a household of four.

Most of Alabama isn’t prone to hurricanes (with the exception of the Gulf Coast), but we are prone to tornados and other weather events that can leave a family stranded. That’s why it’s important to keep a supply around the house.

Storing Your Water

Water should ideally be stored in bottles at room temperature, away from sunlight, and in an area that is dry. Keep your water away from chemicals, gasoline, cleaning supplies, etc. Bottles make it easy to store the water and transport it if needed.

Bottled water is recommended because tap water can go bad if power goes out. You don’t want to drink compromised water. The old adage of filling up your bathtub before a weather event so you have drinkable water is technically acceptable, but you’d much rather drink water that you can trust – such as bottled spring water.

How long can you store your water? Our 3 to 5-gallon water bottles have a shelf life of two years. The optimal shelf life for smaller containers – 1-2.5 gallon bottles – is six months, but the water is drinkable for two years.

Ensuring a Supply Before an Emergency

When an emergency happens is too late to start preparing by storing water. That’s why we recommend a home water delivery service that not only gives you a supply of water for emergencies, but also keeps your home well-stocked with hydrating, fresh spring water throughout the entire year.

Contact us if you want to learn more about keeping an emergency supply with a home water delivery service.