If you live in a place that has a particularly dry climate or you believe you will soon be going through a drought or a dry spell, storing water for future use does not seem like a bad idea. In fact, it is a very good course of action to take especially if you had the unfortunate of experience of having had little or no water on a previous dry day.
To solve this problem from occurring or possible reoccurring, why don’t we use an eco-friendly ancient technique of storing water for future use? Since the beginning of time, humans and animals understood the overall importance of water for survival. People have always understood that water is an essential part of life. In order to continue living and thriving in areas that had dry climates, they had to figure out a method of storing water long ago, as we must do now.
In ancient India, the people stored water in brass vessels. This allowed them to be able to use the stored water for multiple methods, even drinking. In recent years, scientists have proven without a doubt that water can be stored in brass containers and still be safe to drink. The copper in the brass destroys the bacteria that could potentially harm humans.
Besides brass, water can be stored in containers that are food-biodegradable and still be safe for drinking. If you store drinking water in a plastic jug or gallon milk jug, it will not last very long. To keep safe, when putting tap water in containers for drinking at a later time, it is best to add a 1/2 teaspoon of chlorine dioxide to keep the water safe.
If you need to store water for later use to water your garden or plants. Rainwater can be safely stored. Keep containers in a dark and dry place with a lid to prevent debris getting in the water. Sunlight and warm, moist areas can cause algae and bacteria to grow.
You can still use this water to water your plants or garden on a dry day. It’s common sense, to not water your plants or drink stagnant water with debris floating in it.
Water that is safely and correctly stored for either reason can be used for 6 to 12 months. Rotate it if you wish. It can last much longer if properly maintained.