Do You Have Enough Water Stored For Emergencies?
From the historic 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake of 1994 to the more recent wildfires, California is one of the most at risk areas for Natural disaster.
With the threat of wildfires, heat waves, mudslides and crippling earthquakes, emergency preparedness should be at the forefront of every Californian’s mind. This is especially true as, according to NASA scientists, “The deepest drought in more than a century unfolds.”
The recent California drought is so bad that NASA satellites have captured images of dry desert over the Sierra Nevada’s that only a year ago were covered in snow.
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With this in mind, Santa Clarita water storage is one of the most essential components of an emergency preparedness plan. While the body can survive for up to 21 days without food, it can only last 3 to 5 days without water. In extreme heat it can even fall into a state of dehydration in less than hour.
However, storage of water comes with several challenges. How much water should you store and how do you deal with the possibility of contamination? While these issues have plagued the world of disaster preparedness, new back up water systems that solve these issues (such as those developed by Mick Benson at Life Systems Group) are now being installed in homes and businesses throughout the state.
When considering how much water you should store, the old adage “More is better,” could easily be applied. However, issues of space and proper storage conditions limit the amount that each family is able to maintain. While FEMA suggests storing one gallon of water per person per day, in extreme heat the body needs much more water to keep it’s core body temperature low enough to avoid side effects such as stroke.
With this in mind, along with the current drought, Dave Foucar from Life Systems Group says that, "the World Health Organization’s suggestion of two to three gallons per person per day is a more appropriate estimate."
However, when storing that much water, contamination often occurs due to stagnation. When water is not able to properly circulate it becomes susceptible to bacteria growth. FEMA suggests combating contamination not only by treating water with chlorine bleach, but also replacing stored water every 6 months. This poses a great hassle to the average homeowner, making it likely that stored water will be rendered undrinkable by the time of emergency.
The city of Santa Monica has recently addressed these issues through the use of a flow through tank called LifeTank. LifeTank's flow through technology integrates directly into already established plumbing systems making installation easy.
A hose in, hose out system continually replenishes water through normal use. When water is used, it is pulled from the bottom of the tank while new water enters in through the top. This creates a water flow, ensuring that stored water remains fresh without maintenance. The tanks come in uniquely linkable 80 to 120 gallon sizes making the system extremely adaptable to various needs.
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As you’ve read, there are several things to consider when preparing your water supply. While FEMA offers guidelines on how to safely keep water in the home, new solutions such as LifeTanks are revolutionizing the way that water is stored.
The systems easy integration into the current home plumbing makes it accessible to the average home user, while the linkable tanks make it adaptable enough to be employed in more large scale operations. Already installed in homes across the nation, the exciting technology behind LifeTank offers a life saving solution to water storage problems.
For more information about LifeTanks and to download a list of Santa Clarita Water Conservation Tips and Storage Solutions that are important for your home during this drought emergency click here.