Storing Water for an Emergency Course: Lesson 2 – Importance and Limitations of Stored Water

This is lesson 2 of our Storing Water for an Emergency Course. See the table of contents here. Or click here to go to lesson 3.

Storing water is a crucial part of being prepared, but it’s only a single piece of the puzzle. You need to know how stored water fits into your overall water preparedness plans, and that’s what we discuss in this video. I also introduce our sevent-point checklist for getting prepared.

Please download this checklist here and print it out. This is something that you can print multiple copies of and give to anyone you want to. Today’s class is the importance and welcome to the class today today’s class is the importance and limitations of stormwater this is an important place the big picture of stormwater how does it fit in the big picture of the repair wall and in this class I’m talking about on water stormwater interchange so the goals are goals for this class I want to talk to you to start because today’s class is the importance and limitations stormwater others talk about the picture so the first one in the last knowledge love one’s neighbor are both education.

The transcript for this lesson is below.


Hello and welcome to the class today. Today’s class is the importance and limitations of stored water. This is an important place to start because we need to talk about the big picture of bottled water and stored water. How does it fit in the big picture of being prepared for water? In this class, I’m talking about bottled water and stored water interchangeably.

So let’s go through the goals. Our goals for this class:

  1. I want to talk to you about how stored water/bottled water fits into the seven-point checklist.
  2. Number two, I want to give you a different perspective of looking at stored water.
  3. Number three, I want to give you the limitations of stored water.

But first of all, I want to look at the water preparedness checklist that we have and you can download from this course. Bottled water or stored water is a crucial part of getting prepared but how does it fit into the overall plan? And how does it fit into the seven-point checklist? So this is an image of the checklist that you can download, so let’s just go to the next slide here and I’ll show you the seven points on the checklist.

The main point I want to show you is that all of these pieces work together for your whole plan.

  1. So step one is knowledge. That is the most important point.
  2. Point number two is bottled water or storing water.
  3. Number three is having a stove and fuel which allows you to then boil water or produce distilled water.
  4. Number four is a nonelectric water distiller.
  5. Number five is bleach, and that is regular bleach, not scented bleach, not color-safe bleach, nothing added to it, just regular bleach.
  6. Number six is an emergency water filter.
  7. And number seven is prepare your loved ones or neighbors.

I go into this checklist in another video that we have, but let’s look at this checklist in a different way. So the first one and the last, knowledge and prepare your loved ones and neighbors, are both education. That’s why this education is so important. Education is the most important thing. Now numbers three, four, five, and six have to do with producing safe drinking water.

Number two is its own category here, and that is water storage. You can look at water storage as being like a battery. So when you produce water, you can drink it right away or you can store if for later if you know how to properly store it. Think of it, like if you got solar panels on your house. Solar panels are great. They produce electricity but if you don’t have storage, if you don’t have batteries for that, then the energy just goes away. And so it’s the same thing with producing water. If you have the ability to produce water that’s great, but you don’t want to just have to produce water every time you need to drink. So you need to produce and then store the water. That’s where the battery analogy comes in.

Now the importance of bottled water and stored water is first of all, there are times when is just simply impractical to produce water. You don’t want to be producing water everytime you need to drink water.

Number two here. Bottled water lets you focus on other things. So let’s say an earth quake strikes. If an earth quake strikes, you don’t want to be worrying about your water right away. Maybe your kid is at school, and one of your kids is at day care, your husband is at work. You need to get together. You need to see if anyone is injured. There’s a lot of things to do and you don’t want to focus on water at this point. So this is when you get bottled water, you drink bottled water. It’s quick, reliable, and trustworthy so you can just grab it and go and drink it when you need it.

The other advantage is that it is easy to share. So if you have neighbors in need, you can just share water, this is how you can share water, you can just give away bottles of water. Or even if it’s just for yourself, if you’re going away for a few hours somewhere, then you can just take this water and go on the road with it.

Also it allows people to focus on what they’re good at. I have an example here of the doctor. You don’t really want a doctor in an emergency focusing on producing safe drinking water. You want to give that responsibility to somebody else if there’s a need to produce safe drinking water. Otherwise you just rely on the stored water that you have.

Now there are obvious limitations of bottled water. It’s heavy to transport. You try grabbing a five-gallon bottle of water or a case of water and have to walk a long way with that. It’s heavy. So it’s heavy to transport. There’s a limited supply, which means that when it’s gone, it’s gone. So that means that bottled water and stored water is not a complete solution.

And this takes us back to the water preparation checklist. All seven pieces of the plan must work together, and bottled water/stored water is one those pieces.

So let me summarize this quick video.

  1. We discussed how stored and bottled water fit into the seven-point checklist, or the bigger picture.
  2. We discussed the right way to look at stored water.
  3. And we discussed the limitations of stored water.
  4. See you in the next video. Thank you!

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