Once you’ve decided how to store your water, one of the steps you’ll need to take in order to keep it safe to drink is to rotate it regularly.
How often you rotate it will depend on how you store it, but will likely be anywhere from every six months – every 5 years.
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How To Store Water:
If you aren’t sure how to store your emergency water yet, you can learn more from the following two posts:
- How to Store Water: Choosing the Right Containers
- How to Store Water: Making Sure it is Safe to Drink
Rotating Emergency Water Storage Can Be Tricky
Some water rotation happens naturally. For example, rotating through our commercially bottled water is easy: we just drink them and recycle the bottles! Obviously we go through a bit more during soccer and park season than we do in the winter, but those bottles get rotated naturally.
However, other types of water storage containers can be trickier (especially the big 55 gallon drums or 150+ gallon tanks…you’ll need a pump or siphon in order to get the water out.). You don’t want to “waste” the old water, right?
Today I have some tips to help you use that “old” water:
Ideas for Rotating Stored Emergency Water:
- Water plants, grass and gardens with your stored water.
- Use the stored water to have a family water fight!
- Wash your cars as a family with your stored water (who knows, maybe that will turn into a fun fight too!)
- Use it to flush your toilets for a week or two.
- Water the lawn before the irrigation water is available in the spring.
- Fill the kiddie pool and let the kids have a party!
- Use it in water bath canning
- Take your 5 gallons jugs camping with you (remember to bring a spigot)
One more suggestion (last, but not least): #9) Make rotation a more regular event instead of an occasional one
By this I mean, USE your “emergency” stored water regularly. Use it daily / weekly for things like watering plants, boiling / cooking, bathing pets etc. As you empty one large container, fill it up and start emptying the next.
Pull out those 5 gallon jugs and spigot or water bricks and spigot and use them at the sink for a day instead of your tap water.
If you’ve stored your water appropriately, it is perfectly safe to use in any of your every day activities.
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Becky is a wildlife enthusiast and pet and livestock care expert with a diploma in canine nutrition. With over a decade of experience in animal welfare, Becky lends her expertise to Simple Family Preparedness through insightful info about pets, livestock, bee keeping, and the practicalities of homesteading.