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6 long-term water storage tips so that you’re never left high and dry

Whether it’s planned water interruptions due to maintenance by the municipality or an unplanned water outage in your neighbourhood – having ample water stored long-term is key to be prepared for all occasions. 

Here are six tips from Milton to help you perfect your water storage plan:  

  1. Choose the right containers: Use food-grade containers made of plastic, glass, or stainless steel. Avoid using containers that have previously held non-food substances, as they can contaminate the water. Choose containers that are easy to handle and store, and ensure that they have tight-fitting lids to prevent contamination and evaporation.
  2. Clean and sanitise containers: Before storing water, it’s essential to clean and sanitise your containers. Wash them thoroughly with soap and water and rinse well to remove any soap residue. Mix one teaspoon of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach (5-6% concentration) in one litre of water. Pour the solution into the container, shake well to coat all surfaces, and let it sit for at least 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  3. Proper storage conditions: All water containers must be stored in a cool, dark place ideally between 10-21°C. Avoid storing water in areas that can experience extreme heat or freezing temperatures. It should be stored away from direct sunlight, chemicals, and hazardous material, and should be stored off the ground to prevent contamination and potential damage from pests.
  4. Rotation and maintenance: Clearly label containers with the date of storage, as this helps track the age of the water and ensures proper rotation. Use the older water for non-drinking purposes like watering plants or cleaning. Check containers for leaks, cracks, or contamination and replace any damaged containers and water immediately.
  5. Treatment before storage: If you are not sure about the safety of your water source, treat the water before storing. Adding Milton fluid or tablets to your water can keep your water clean, as well as make it drinkable. Only 4ml of Milton fluid can sterilise one litre of drinking water, while one tablet can sterilise 10 litres.
  6. Emergency Water Storage Tips: In emergencies, store at least five litres of water per person per day for at least three days, accounting for drinking, cooking, and sanitation.
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