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Question about water for emergencies

 
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12/10/2012 12:12 AM
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Question about water for emergencies
Is it safe to refill used 2 liter soda bottles or used milk jugs with water to store for emergency water?

If it is safe what is the best way to sterilize the bottle before filling the water to make sure the water would be safe for drinking?

Will this water also be safe for animals to drink?
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12/10/2012 12:25 AM

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Yes safe, rinse with water with some bleach in it if worried.
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Safe for animals, make sure to switch out the water every 6 months or year.
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12/10/2012 12:29 AM
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buy a water filter ASAP. I lucked out the other day and got the last Katadyne Exstream bottle/filter on sale for $20 at the local sporting goods store.
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12/10/2012 12:46 AM
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Just get freeze-dried water. It stores in a compact space, and rehydrates quickly.
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12/10/2012 12:51 AM

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The bottles are safe, what you have to worry about is the bacteria that YOU introduce... Clean the bottles with the hottest water available, then fill them with boiled water (maybe while cooling at about 180 degrees) let them seal and they'll last for YEARS.

Keep them out of the sunlight and don't open them.

H20 is H2O, until you introduce some organism into it.

Look for BPA free bottles.
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I've been doing that, too. I should really refresh mine, I guess. And I go ahead and run it through my brita fridge container, first.

The one liter bottles are going to pretty handy for this purpose, too. Easier to pack in to small bags so everyone gets to carry one, too.
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...too...too...

redundancy. Must be bed time.
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12/10/2012 01:09 AM

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Re: Question about water for emergencies
This book is being called the best survival manual on the market and you can download it for FREE, or just read the sections that interest you. (Print copies are for sale)

[link to www.ldsavow.com]

There is a good section about water storage and treatment.

Quick bits of info:

Plastic milk jugs tend to split or leak after 5 or 6 months, but ok for short term. 2 litre soda bottles are good. Bottles that held chlorine bleach are good if washed thoroughly.

Do check out that web site as there is a lot more on water storage etc.

Last Edited by Ralph--a house dog on 12/10/2012 01:12 AM
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Re: Question about water for emergencies
This book is being called the best survival manual on the market and you can download it for FREE, or just read the sections that interest you.

[link to www.ldsavow.com]

There is a good section about water storage and treatment.

Quick bits of info:

Plastic milk jugs tend to split or leak after 5 or 6 months, but ok for short term. 2 litre soda bottles are good. Bottles that held chlorine bleach are good if washed thoroughly.

Do check out that web site as there is a lot more on water storage etc.
 Quoting: Ralph--a house dog


GREAT addition here... The Bleach bottles will actually help to purify the water. The bottle should be cleaned, but any drops left over will kill any traces of virus or bacteria (in minute amounts) in the water you're storing.

That is to say, Sodium hypochlorite bleach only... Stay away from the scented and "fabric softener added" bottles.
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12/10/2012 01:15 AM

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Re: Question about water for emergencies
This book is being called the best survival manual on the market and you can download it for FREE, or just read the sections that interest you. (Print copies are for sale)

[link to www.ldsavow.com]

There is a good section about water storage and treatment.

Quick bits of info:

Plastic milk jugs tend to split or leak after 5 or 6 months, but ok for short term. 2 litre soda bottles are good. Bottles that held chlorine bleach are good if washed thoroughly.

Do check out that web site as there is a lot more on water storage etc.
 Quoting: Ralph--a house dog


The LDS warehouses you mentioned in another thread: are those mostly in Utah or are they in other states?

Last Edited by CeeLite on 12/10/2012 01:16 AM
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Drink what's in the toilet tank if you're really stuck. Then drink what's in the bowl after you boil it. If there's still no water by the time you finish that, you're probably fucked anyway and it won't matter.
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Re: Question about water for emergencies
Is it safe to refill used 2 liter soda bottles or used milk jugs with water to store for emergency water?

If it is safe what is the best way to sterilize the bottle before filling the water to make sure the water would be safe for drinking?

Will this water also be safe for animals to drink?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17338098


NO NO NO. Don't reuse milk jugs. It is impossible to get out all of the milk caesin protein, and you will actually be innoculating the water with a growth medium for bacteria. Those kinds of jugs make terrible water bottles. It you look around on youtube, there are plenty or prepper folks who will warn you not to use them, not only for bacteria reasons but also they tend to break. Spilling water into your pantry is a terrible situation as it might get dry goods soaked.

Go out today and buy some pool shock. If you buy unscented bleach, then it will lose its efficacy. Pool shock allows you to make a bleaching solution upon demand. It's way more economical and practical.

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[link to faculty.deanza.edu]

Note: Today, shut off the power or natural gas to your hot water tank. Shut off the incoming water to it too. Next carefully open the drain a little and see if it runs clear. Most people forget to check it. That's your backup water (usually 40-50 gallons worth). Many times people find rust coming out. Better to find out now than assume that you can drink it. If it is rusty, you can probably remove a lot of the sediment by running it for a little while.

Since many drains are very close to the ground, you want to figure out now how to best drain it carefully.

See here for tips:
[link to www.diynetwork.com]
Ralph--a house dog

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Re: Question about water for emergencies
This book is being called the best survival manual on the market and you can download it for FREE, or just read the sections that interest you. (Print copies are for sale)

[link to www.ldsavow.com]

There is a good section about water storage and treatment.

Quick bits of info:

Plastic milk jugs tend to split or leak after 5 or 6 months, but ok for short term. 2 litre soda bottles are good. Bottles that held chlorine bleach are good if washed thoroughly.

Do check out that web site as there is a lot more on water storage etc.
 Quoting: Ralph--a house dog


The LDS warehouses you mentioned in another thread: are those mostly in Utah or are they in other states?
 Quoting: CeeLite


They're all over the world, several in most states.

[link to providentliving.org]

Not sure how up to date this location list is, but call one of them near you and ask. Most LDS warehouses are selling to the public now since they feel they are better off if more people around them are prepared, but some few are still for church members only. Let me know if you run in to a problem with this and I will get some of my Mormon extended family to see if a reference would help.

Here is a list of what they sell & current prices

[link to providentliving.org]

Last Edited by Ralph--a house dog on 12/10/2012 02:59 AM
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Re: Question about water for emergencies
Obama passed bill that states he owns all the water in the United states your wells ponds rivers everything belongs to him, control the peoredfaceple by controling their food and water you where warned!!!!
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12/10/2012 03:03 AM
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Obama passed bill that states he owns all the water in the United states your wells ponds rivers everything belongs to him, control the peoredfaceple by controling their food and water you where warned!!!!
 Quoting: oldmandowntheroad


yep, they're taking everything. It's best to move rural....

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