Next up on the topic of an emergency water supply on a budget is water purification tablets!
For review, we’ve talked about how to quickly and easily store 100 gallons of water when you have no storage space and for around $20 with the WaterBOB. We have also talked about how you can effectively, efficiently, cheaply and very accessibly filter 1,000 liters of water with the LifeStraw, again for around $20.
And as we have mentioned in our Be Prepared theme going on now, we highly recommend that you don’t put your eggs all in one basket and that you have a plan for at least 3 months of needing to be prepared on your own! To figure how much you need, you need 1 gallon of drinking water per person per day. For our family of 7, we need 630 gallons of water (the 90 days minimum we recommend). So that is an easy way to figure it out!
With that, we want to talk about another option for your water emergency supply! As we and many others out there have mentioned, clean, safe drinking water needs to be at the top of everyone’s priority list! You have to have clean, safe drinking water to live. Without this basic need, you and your family will not survive more than a few days. The reality of it is just that.
So for around $7-$9, you can purify many types of contaminated water.
Now unlike the LifeStraws that you can use now, these should only be used in emergency situations.
Here’s the description of these tablets:
Used worldwide by campers, hikers, militaries, emergency organizations, and anyone else who needs to drink water of questionable quality, these Portable Aqua iodine tablets will disinfect contaminated drinking water in a pinch. The tablets–which are intended for short-term or limited emergency use only–make most water bacteriologically suitable for drinking, proving effective against Giardia lamblia when used as directed. Each Potable Aqua tablet contains 20 mg of Tetraglycine Hydroperiodide (TGHP), which liberates 8 mg of titratable iodine when released into water. Within 30 minutes, the iodine will have penetrated the cell walls of the microorganisms, rendering them inactive and making the water safe to drink. Potable Aqua tablets also neutralize the iodine aftertaste and color, helping your drinking water taste better.
About Potable Aqua
Potable Aqua iodine water disinfection tablets were developed by Harvard University in conjunction with the U.S. Army in the 1940s, and have been used by the military for emergency drinking water disinfection for more than 50 years. Pharmacal currently supplies the U.S. Military with Potable Aqua for its emergency drinking water needs. Potable Aqua is also widely used by campers, backpackers, and various other militaries around the world. With the addition of the Potable Aqua Traveler and Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets, Potable Aqua continues to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s outdoor enthusiast.
Our Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use-water is ready in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water. Ideal for hiking, backpacking and travel. Perfect addition to your first aid or travel kit.
Between the WaterBob, Lifestraw and water purification tablets, you could have 100+ gallons of emergency water storage and filter those 100 gallons and hundreds more gallons of water from other sources all for around $50 – $60 and very little storage space! That is a VERY smart move!
Find out more about our Be Prepared on a budget theme HERE.