Originally posted by skeeveve
Good question - I recently bought a few gallon-sized spring water containers and stored them in my basement. How long are those OK to drink?
There should be an expiration date on the bottles. In any case, you could probably let it sit there for a few years and treat it will a little
chlorine the day before use, or filter it, or both.
Originally posted by realboogyman
would it be possible to boil the water before you put it in the jug?
I would treat it BEFORE use.
There are lots of ways to treat water, from boiling, to distilling, to chlorine, to filtering. The solution I decided upon isn't fixed to a limited
number of days of stored potable water on hand. I wanted to have a solution after those 50 or 100 stored gallons run out, thus I decided upon a good
filtration system. And, with this solution, I can supply water to my neighbors if necessary, so long as there are nearby lakes or rivers.
I also have some chlorine to pre-treat before filtering if it is super nasty water. With a good filter system, you could scoop up puddles of water
found in a parking lot, a swimming pool, or the nastiest pond with bird droppings floating upon it, ha. The only kind of water that wouldn't work is
salt water, that is a filter killer. And, if the water is really bad and filled with junk, I could pre-filter it through a coffee filter, or piece of
cloth (thus saving some life on the spendy filters before running it through them next).
BTW, those Burkey filters are scrubbable. When the flow rate becomes a dribble, I can take them out and give them a light cleaning with a scotch
bright pad. A pair of them filters can process around 6000 gallons of tap water, more if your tap water is cleaner, less if you are using swamp
water. At minimum I should be able to get 4000 gallons of lake water out of them, others report more. I keep two sets of filters on hand, one in use
in the kitchen right now, the other stored for emergency use if I can't order another set.
Also, you can just by the filters, and make your own stacking bucket system out of a couple plastic tubs, and save some money.
I like the gravity filter system, as it provides more than enough water than trying to store 6000 gallons. As long as the source of water doesn't
have a bunch of salt in it, I can make it drinkable, safer than tap water, AND it will taste great too.
[edit on 18-3-2009 by Divinorumus]