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Emergency Water

If you have ever been without water in your house and have had to bring one gallon plastic jugs of water into your house for drinking, cooking, clothes washing, dish washing, etc… purposes, you should have a pretty good sense of just how much water a person (or family) uses under regular circumstances.  The total amount of water used is sizable.  However, when we talk about “emergency water”, we are normally only talking about the water  that a person needs to drink to be able to survive.

The common rule of thumb is that a person needs about 1 gallon of drinking water per day to survive, and many survival publications suggest that you want to maintain a  week’s emergency supply of water on hand.  So if you are a single person, you would want to keep an emergency water supply of at least 7 gallons of water on hand.  While, if you are a family of four, you need four times that amount or 28 gallons of water.

Another factor that is important to bear in mind is that water is heavy, and if you are forced to leave your home, how much water you are able to carry with you will depend on what sort of transportation is available.  Or to put it another way, you will be able to carry a lot more weight (e.g., water) in a truck than if you are walking.  Some individuals maintain their emergency water supply by purchasing liter bottles and gallon jugs of water at their local grocery store; while other individuals maintain their supply by purchasing specially packaged pouches or packets of water.

I think both methods are effective.  However, I personally see two big advantages in purchasing emergency water packets. First,  gallon jugs of water leak around the cap sometimes and are also very easy to puncture – – – if you puncture a jug and are unaware of the puncture or unable to save the water, you have probably just lost a one day supply of water (whereas emergency water packets are specifically designed to withstand pressure and if you do puncture one packet, you have only lost the water in that packet not a whole gallon of water).  Second, emergency water packets are more convenient (than jugs of water) to stick in a pocket or a backpack.

To assist those site visitors who would prefer to purchase emergency water pouches/packets, I am recommending several of the products that are available.


Datrex Emergency Water Pouches – Case of 64

This Datex Emergency case holds 64 water pouches (holding a total of 8 liters of emergency water).  Each pouch holds 125 ml (4.227 ounces) of ready to use water.  Each pouch can withstand 600 pounds of pressure per square inch.  These pouches can also be frozen and used as cold packs.  The shelf life is 5 years, and the date of manufacture is stamped on each package.  The case dimensions are 13 1/4″ by 9 3/4″ by 6 1/4″, and the case weighs 20.5 pounds.


Datrex Emergency Water Packet – 3 Day/72 Hour Supply (12 Packets)

This Datrex Emergency case is very similar to the 64 pouch case described above, except that it only has 12 packets (a 3 day supply for 1 person).





Mainstay Emergency Drinking Water (60 Packs)

Each of the 60 packs contains 4.224 ounces (125 ml) per pack and has a 5 year shelf life.  The case of 60 packs just weighs 18 pounds.  In addition, packs can withstand temperature variations between -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 210 degrees Fahrenheit (-40C to 99C).

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