You never want to miss an opportunity to improve your situation when it comes to water. You simply cannot afford to be without it. You can’t live without water beyond three days, give or take. That’s why I suggest a short-term solution by simply making sure you have enough water on hand for the next couples of days, and then work from there. You’d be surprised at what you already have, as I explain here, and how easy it is to do as I point out here. But how do you prepare for when you will be without water for longer than a few days?
In thinking about intermediate-term water storage solutions, I’m preparing for two weeks. I’ll explain why in another post, but for starters let’s figure out your water needs. The average person needs two quarts of water per day to simply survive. Two quarts does not include cooking, sanitation or physical exertion. Basically, it’s not going to improve your situation much beyond staying alive long enough for help to arrive or hope for some luck.
But as you all know, hope is not a strategy.
Here’s the numbers. At a minimum, you want to have at least one gallon per day per person to be able to survive in relative comfort. A gallon will provide the two quarts for drinking and two for light sanitation and cooking. But my thinking is if you’re going to store water, why not be on the safe side? In places that are hot and muggy like Houston and Florida you’ll need to have it. How much?
My feeling is, you’re best off storing 3 gallons per person per day. That means a family of four with a dog will need just over 200 gallons for two weeks. Sounds like a lot, I know. But it’s also worth noting that the average person uses 70 gallons per day. That’s roughly 280 gallons per day for a family of four not including pets. And yes, a lot of this is from showering, but you get the point.
Next up I’ll talk about ways to store your water for your family.