This may seem like a silly blog to be writing about because I’m sure you’re going, “well, duh, water is for DRINKING!” However, water is used for a lot more than just drinking.
It’s important to understand that when you plan your water storage needs that you’re planning for all of the following:
Sure, you might be rationing your water a bit during an emergency, however, you still use water for all of the above purposes. Even if you use just a little bit on a wash cloth to quickly wipe down a pot or wipe down your body, it’s still using water.
So how much extra water should you store?
That really depends on the size of your family, pets, etc. It’s suggested that you should store 1 gallon of water per person, per day. That would most likely be enough for drinking, hygiene, cooking and cleaning. But, maybe your food storage has a lot of rice on the menu or maybe a lot of freeze dried or dehydrated foods, you need water to cook rice and freeze dried meals and dehydrated foods. So maybe you’ll want to keep an extra half gallon, in addition to the gallon. So now you’d be storing 1 1/2 gallons per person.
When it comes to water, you want to have way more than you need. Water is life. Here in Texas, we need far more water in the hot months just to stay hydrated and our hot months can last a long time.
So the amount of water will depend on how many people are in your family, how many pets, farm animals, your region, your food storage, etc.