by A to Z for Moms Like Me

One commonly forgotten about, but literally life saving item to have in your food storage is water. In this post I’m going to talk about water for your food storage.

How Much?

A simple google search will tell you:

The general rule of thumb is to store one gallon of water per person per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They also suggest that, in an emergency situation, you should drink two quarts (half a gallon) of water a day – more if you’re in a hot climate, sick, pregnant, or a child.

Planning on a gallon of water per person per day is a good start. Remember, you wont just use water for drinking, but also washing (your body, clothes, dishes, etc.), adding it to foods- especially if you have dehydrated or freeze dried foods, and maybe even to help sterilize things. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.

Clean vs Dirty Water

For drinking water you want to make sure the water is clean and free from bacteria or other contaminants that could make you sick. Remember that some plastic containers do leak chemicals into the water over time and when exposed to heat. Make sure you’re storing your drinking water properly.

You can also make sure to stock up on water purification products AND instructions how to use them. (you don’t want to have to rely on your memory under a stressful situation)

Dirty water isn’t necessarily muddy water, but it’s water that may not be stored in the highest quality containers, or wasn’t purified, etc. Water that you COULD drink if you absolutely needed to, but is better used for things where it doesn’t have to be as pure such as laundry, pet drinking water, hand washing, poured into the toilet so it can be flushed, etc.

How to Purify Water

This is a great list of ways to purify water from: https://www.bryceviewlodge.com/make-water-safe-drinking…/

One thing I highly recommend having is some testing strips. This will allow you to test your water for the right PH and help determine if it’s safe. They are fairly cheap to buy and easy to store. These are the ones I have.


“This is a reliable way to purify water. However, boiling uses fuel and could take a while. Moreover, on summer days, it is not actually appealing to drink hot water. Furthermore, you will need to filter the water to remove all solid particles especially if the water was taken from a doubtful; water source.


This is an effective and more convenient method. It is also available in different forms you will surely find one that would suit your budget. It has the ability to kill viruses and bacteria. They are lightweight and easy to use. However, it takes about thirty minutes before you can drink the treated water. It is also not suitable for pregnant women. In addition, it has an aftertaste that you might not like. Once you drop the tablet into the water container, shake the container and hold the bottle upside down and have the lid slightly unscrewed to let the iodine to flow into the threads of the bottle cap.


Chlorine has the ability to kill bacteria in water. It is also lightweight, affordable, and easily accessible. You need to wait for thirty minutes before you can drink the treated water. You need to make sure not to put so many drops as it could also be poisonous if used too much.


Water filters can remove bacteria in water. Carbon on the other hand gets rid of the chemicals and awful tastes while iodine coated screens can further remove viruses. Treated water can be consumed after the treatment and the water has no bad taste. However, they are heavier than iodine or chlorine, more costly and needs manual pumping. Also, you will need to clean the filters after the activity and at some point; you will need to replace them after treating several gallons of water.

Another great addition to your food storage is one of these water bottles with a built in filter. They actually filter the water as you drink them! I’ve seen them work in person with some nasty dirty water- it’s amazing. Because they’re a water bottle it makes them easy to travel with and perfect for camping or hiking as well. You can get one here: https://amzn.to/32m1aQ9

There are also water filter straws that are cool: https://amzn.to/30iqdyH


This looks similar to a small flashlight. You just swish it around in the water for a few minutes and the bacteria can already be killed. This is very easy to carry with you and so easy to use. However, you will need batteries to operate it and batteries could run out. Moreover, the solid particles in the water are not filtered.

How to Store Water

Growing up my mom used to fill empty 2 liter soda bottles with water and keep them in the basement. They came in handy when we needed “dirty” water for washing or flushing the toilet when the power was out (we had a well, so if the power was out so was our water)

You could also fill empty milk jugs. Just remember, because of the quality of the plastic these containers are made of, you may not want to use it as drinking water unless you have to.

Cases of bottled water are handy, but also take up a lot of room and create a lot of waste once the bottles are empty. I would recommend getting the large jugs of water like what is used for water coolers, or even the larger bottles of water that hold about a gallon each.

I’ve also seen these awesome 3 barrel water holders, one day I want to get a couple of them for larger amounts of water storage. The best part about these is how it rotates the water. You can purchase these water barrels & holder from Titan Ready.


Water is life! Not only for drinking, but some foods such as freeze dried will require water to rehydrate or preparing. Pets need water, plants need water, you use water to clean (dishes, your body, clothes, etc.)

Having water in your food storage is vital!

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