Is This Extreme Drought Putting Our Drinking Water Supply At Risk?
Despite conservation efforts new statistics are showing that California’s emergency drought situation is worse than it’s ever been before. With little rainfall and conservation efforts largely ignored, it’s important that each person understand the severity of situation.
While every home should take all measures possible to cut back on their water consumption, It is also important to prepare for crisis through the creation of an emergency water storage system. However, storing water effectively in a drought situation raises ethical as well as practical questions.
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The World Health Organization suggests storing 2 to 3 gallons of water per person per day for at least a 2 week time period. For the average home of 4 this means keeping a minimum of about 120 gallons of water on hand.
However, if every household removed that much water from the local water supply during an emergency drought it could be harmful in a time when conservation is key. And unfortunately bottled water must be replaced every 6 months, so if you're not on top of changing it out you could get stuck with water that isn't drinkable.
According to Dave Foucar of Lifetank, due to the lack of flow in bottled water “stagnation occurs, leading to bacteria, parasite and algae growth that renders water unsafe to drink.” Because of this it is essential that bottled water is replaced before the negative results of stagnation can take place.
If a large percent of households start storing water in this manner, a meaningful amount of water will go to waste each year. One solution to this problem is to use stored water for non drinking purposes such as gardening and cleaning rather than dumping it down the drain when it needs replaced.
Another solution is to replenish water through store bought imported water only. This means that water stored was not removed from the local water supply and has less impact on local reservoirs.
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An even simpler method of storing water without the risk of waste is through an integrated flow through tank system such as Lifetank. Lifetank is easily installed into existing plumbing systems with a simple hose-in house-out connection. Unlike bottled water, Lifetank avoids the problems of stagnation by maintaining flow through normal water use.
As household water lines draw water from the bottom of the tank, it replenishes from the local water supply to the top of the tank.This maintenance free system means that stored water never goes bad and therefore never goes to waste. Lifetank’s efficient system of storage allows each home to seamlessly keep emergency water on hand while at the same time doing their part to conserve during the drought.
For all of the information you need to know about emergency water storage, download our complimentary emergency water storage report here.