For many, water becomes their very first prep. By that, we mean that steps are taken to either purchase a supply of bottled water, set up a water barrel, or locate a source of local water that can be filtered and purified for consumption. Before you jump feet first into setting up a water storage system, take heed of these five myths of water storage.
1. Water Can Expire
Water does not expire. Ever. Sure, water can become chemically or biologically contaminated and foul, but it doesn’t go bad or spoil. What can happen to water is that it can go stale and look or taste bad. One thing you can do to make water that has been standing around for awhile taste better is to aerate it by stirring it up or pouring it from one jug to another to introduce some oxygen. If the cleanliness of the the water is in question, it can be purified with purification tablets, fresh bleach, or a filtering system such as or , among others. Technically, if water is stored in a cool, dark area and away from chemical and toxic fumes, it should last forever.
2. Water Can Be Stored In Any Old Container
Water should be stored in a UV-resistant, food-grade plastic container or in metallized bags. Traditionally, water storage barrels are blue. The reason for this is that the blue color limits light exposure and biological growth (bacteria and algae) and also signifies that what is stored in the container is safe for human consumption. The safest containers to hold water in are polyethylene-based plastics, or plastics #1, #2, and #4. Most water barrels are made out of plastic #2 and are BPA-free. If you are in doubt, check with the manufacturer before making purchase, especially if the water is going to be used for drinking.