Today I’ll be talking about something that you might not have thought about before and that is that in an emergency situation, you can actually store A LOT of water in a bathtub. Sound strange? Well, it might be to some but in certain circumstances, it could end up saving your life!
If you haven’t taken the time to stockpile any water and a major natural disaster were to strike, you may find yourself in a world of hurt someday. Did you know that on average, you can only live for a few days without water? Water is our life blood! It’s not just something to quench our thirst or wash our food down with. Without it, we die. It’s as simple as that.
Ask yourself this. If you haven’t taken the time to stock up on water or perhaps you live in a very small studio apartment and you just don’t have the room to store very much water, what will you drink if a major natural disaster were to occur in your area?
Always Remember That in a Pinch, You Can Store Water in a Bathtub
Depending on the size of your bathtub, you may be able to store between 35 – 100 gallons of water in it! That’s a lot of water! That being said, there are some important things to keep in mind if you choose to do this. The only time this might be practical would be in situations when you KNOW that a natural disaster is coming your way ahead of time. For example, if you live in a hurricane zone and there has been a hurricane warning, you could be proactive and fill your bathtubs up before it hits. If your house isn’t damaged too badly, you may end up being very glad that you took the time to fill up your tubs; especially if your city water supply gets shut off due to the disaster.
An Important Thing to Keep in Mind
My advice would be to clean your bathtubs really well ahead of time with a non-toxic cleaner such as dish washing soap. This will help ensure that the water you store in your bath tub will be more clean. The other advice that I have for you is that if this is your ONLY SOURCE of drinking water that you treat it first before drinking it just to be on the safe side. FEMA recommends boiling water as one possible method of treating it. Here is a direct quote from their website on the matter:
“Boiling is the safest method of treating water. In a large pot or kettle, bring water to a rolling boil for one full minute, keeping in mind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool before drinking.
Boiled water will taste better if you put oxygen back into it by pouring the water back and forth between two clean containers. This also will improve the taste of stored water.”
Other methods that they recommend are chlorination and distillation. It’s also worth pointing out that whatever method you choose to use to treat water that you take the time to filter it first. You can read more about that at the link provided below.
If you would like to learn more about what steps you can take to store water for emergencies, I invite you to read my article called How To Store Water Long Term For Emergencies.
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