Preparedness has been a passion of mine since I endured Hurricane Andrew in Florida. It is my second favorite topic to write about.
h2o - What Is It?
What is water and why is it called h2o? In science class we are taught that water is two hydrogen molecule to one oxygen molecule. It is a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle.
H2o is just good water!
Water is so important because our bodies need it to survive and maintain a balanced internal environment. Start drinking more and develop a healthy habit. You can shed a few pounds by replacing sugary or artificially sweetened drinks this wonder liquid. You really do feel better when you add more water to your daily routine. Water is cool, it is sexy. We bathe in it. We play in it. Water is relaxing and refreshing in many ways.
Swim through some great reasons to love water and dive into why it's so important to keep water in your survival food storage for emergencies. It should be kept on hand for daily use as well. We will cover the basics of treating it for drinking and the difference between drinking water and potable water. Water is an essential ingredient in your survival food gathering plan.
I have learned to love water and the more I know about it the more I like it. This lens will cover most of what you need to know about why water is healthy for us and how to store it properly.
I know many of you are like WC Fields. He said he wouldn't drink water because if the disgusting things fish do in it.
Drink it ANYWAY!
Water Is Life
h2o - a liquid, a solid, and a vapor
H2O is the wonderful chemical water.
It is life.
Without it our planet would not support us. It is a fascinating element because it can be found in 3 different ways. In it's basic form water is a liquid. Water as a vapor is humidity, mist, fog, steam, and clouds. It is a solid in the form of ice.
It is the only element on earth that can be found in all 3 forms.
This precious liquid is the central component of our life support systems here on earth and why Earth can sustain life. The inhabitants of our planet need water for life. Plants, animals, and humans alike rely on it. We all drink and intake water in one form or another. H2o is essential to the healthy operation of our ecosystem.
It is a vital essence we cannot live long without.
Books On Water - The Science Of H2O
Whether you just want to find out more about water and its importance of it or you like the science behind H2O, water can be a great reading topic. This day and age has us facing many concerns about this precious resource. The battle for water is evident in our watering schedules and in the event of droughts or crisis -- it is a very valuable commodity. In times of emergency it is the first product to disappear off of store shelves!
We constantly need to put water back into our body's system. Our moisture evaporates through our skin. We shed water in sweat and tears. We lose water in our body waste. Keeping water balanced in our body helps us to stay healthy and helps our inner mechanisms eliminate harmful toxins.
Water Videos On Youtube - Water is Wonderful
Water is life and it is demonstrated in this amazing representation of how important this ingredient is to our healthy lives. The beautiful images and the music in the first video are quite soothing!
Applying heat or cold changes it's structure. The boiling point of water is 212 degrees. When boiling it produces steamy vapors. It's freezing point is 32 degrees and the result is ice. In this second video the temperature outside is minus 41 degrees! Watch as these properties are demonstrated as boiling, steaming water turns to ice instantly falling as snowy particles.
The third video shows some intriguing facts on why and how H2O is applied helps our body to operate efficiently. Review medical facts about how it benefits the body. It is a fact that drinking water helps us to have a healthier mind and body.
Maintain A Healthy Balance
We need certain amounts to maintain a healthy balance. Without water the body will suffer unnecessarily. It can aid us in healing. It is great for our skin and very good for our minds!
So, tell us dear readers, how much water do you drink per day on average?
Water Is Good For You Poll - Health and H2O
We need to be able to understand what amounts of water we should drink daily to keep a healthy balance. Without water the body will suffer maladies unnecessarily. Water can aid us in healing. It is great for our skin. It is also very good for our minds! The right amount of water in our body helps us eliminate some stresses on the body and so much more as you will read below.
So, tell us dear readers, how much water do you drink per day on average?
The Recommended Daily Water Intake
The Food And Nutrition Board
An original recommended daily water intake was reported in the year 1945.
The report read:
United States National Research Council's Food and Nutrition Board recommends 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters of water total for women (including food sources). Water intake for an ordinary standard is 1 mil.for each calorie of food.
By eating foods such as fruits and vegetables high in water content we can reduce the amount of water we drink straight from the bottle for our daily intake. Soups and stews, salads and juices are also water sources.
Watermelon anyone? Melons, fruits, and vegetables are great food sources for water.
Develop A Drinking Water Habit
10 Ways To Drink Water!
Drinking water is the best way to hydrate without adding a ton of unnecessary calories. By cutting out sugary and artificially sweetened beverages and drinking mostly H2O I have peeled off about 15 pounds! This good water habit has been a very healthy choice in my life!
Water is not only great for dieting it is good for your skin and your body's systems as you saw in the video.
I drink H2O at meals with a slice of lemon or lime dropped in it for a little flavor. I developed a good water habit by taking a 16 oz bottle of water out the door when I leave for work . I consume at least two more bottles during the day, and make sure I have one next to my bedside table at night.
It took me sometime to develop a good water habit but it has been so worth it!
Don't care for plain water? Mentioned above is adding lemon or lime to water for tasty ways to drink H2O. Add other healthy things to water to make it more to your liking!
10 Ways To Drink Water - Image: Allposters
Water IS so good for our health. What do we need to know about water to store it properly?
Potable H2O vs. Safe Water
What about bathwater?
Water we drink or cook with is called potable water.
Have you ran across a sign that read Non-Potable Water?
Non-Potable water would be for washing or bathing only. The H2O from this source may contain harmful organisms or the water is somehow not human drinking water quality. Is not fit for drinking unless it is processed safely. It is recommended you boil this water even before you wash or clean with it. It might be a great source for washing your car but I wouldn't make a soup with it!
Safe processing of non-potable water is filtering, boiling, distilling, or sanitizing using drops of bleach.
Water is safe H2O if it is not fit for drinking but usable for swimming, bathing, or washing. Ocean water is an example of safe water.
Water Storage Should Not Be Exposed To Sunlight!
Always store water in a dark place away from exposure to sunlight. Light encourages the growth of bacteria.
Rotate and replace your water storage every 4 - 6 months.
Bacteria In Water
pH levels and Stagnate Water
Bacteria grows in standing water. It can also grow in water that is not stored correctly. Store bought water in bottles and tap water is already qualified to be drinkable through Federally regulated testing standards and acceptable processing. Water found in puddles, lakes, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and anywhere else has to be questioned for safety before it is consumed and potentially makes us very sick.
If the situation arises where you have to process H2O in the wild we need more information to determine if this is a water source we can filter, process, and prepare for drinkable water.
Under a microscope bacteria in water looks like a busy ocean with odd creatures and particles. Bacterial colonies can be dangerously plentiful and never be seen with the naked eye.
This cartoon shows a dramatized microscopic view of the Thames River Water.
Unclean Water - An Invisible Danger
The unseen dangers in water cannot be determined with the naked eye. Water can look good but cause some serious or deadly problems if it is not fit for intake. pH levels can be hazardous as well as microscopic organisms. If we are already in a survival mode the last thing we need to worry about is illness from drinking bad water!
pH levels in water determine if water is acidic or alkaline. Stagnant water occurs when H2O is not free flowing and it sits for a length of time making it highly unhealthy to drink. It is very dangerous to consume stagnate water. Learn to look for signs that water is good to use for drinking water. Living animals in a puddle is a good sign. Things like water creatures or small fish. Healthy water from a stream or a waterfall can be good H2O sources. As always, condition your water by filtering and/ or sanitizing to further be cautious with water's quality.
Water Filtering - Rid H2O of Contaminants
Investing in a water filtration system is an important solution for purifying drinking water. There are filters designed in various sizes for individual convenience or for producing large quantities of H2O. They include straw type filters, pitchers which yield small amounts of potable water up to a gallon, to large oil drum sized water systems that collect and filter out contaminants like debris, bacteria, and organisms in water.
Wikipedia's article on how a water filter works reads as follows:
Dirty water is processed through a filter to remove bacteria, protozoa and microbial cysts that can cause disease. Filters may have fine meshes that must be replaced or cleaned, and ceramic H2O filters must have their outside abraded when they have become clogged with impurities.
These water filters should not be confused with devices or tablets that are water purifiers, some of which remove or kill viruses such as hepatitis A and rotavirus.
Most water filters use charcoal to sift particles out.
Having a water filter in emergency supplies and tools for purifying H2O in the home for regular use is a smart, healthy investment!
Bacteria From Polluted Storm Water ~ Allposters
Storing water for emergency is a smart decision. Storing water for daily use is good, too, so we have it for a healthier lifestyle.
Process H2O into usable water for drinking or washing and store water by using filtering, boiling, water tablets, and/ or bleach methods for purifying water.
Recommended Water Filter - Katadyn Hiker PRO Water Microfilter
The Katadyn Hiker PRO Water Microfilter is a convenient and affordable piece of equipment. The value of a portable water filter increases with each drop of clean water they can provide for you and your family. As a survival tool, this water treatment system will help eliminate harmful substances in the water and make it safe to drink. A much needed commodity in stressful situations. Water supplies in food markets run out when there are disasters!
Water Filtering - Video - Simple Water Filters
A filter for processing and purifying emergency water should be compact enough to take anywhere. In a survival situation it would be a vital tool. The video shows how easy one filter is to use and store
Purify Water By Boiling It
Boiling Removes Bacteria
Boiling water is also necessary for purifying water. Boil water after you have filtered it. Boiling water is recommended especially after your power or water service has been interrupted even temporarily. The H2O in your home's pipes or water that you find in a natural setting may look clean but may contain microscopic hazards. Until you know for certain your water source is safe, process what you need for intake. When you have boiled it make sure you have sanitized containers to store it in or you will re-contaminate the water.
An article on Wikipedia states:
Bringing water to the boil is effective in killing or inactivating most bacteria, viruses and pathogens. Boiling is the most certain way of killing nearly all microorganisms. Water temperatures above 160Â°F (70Â°C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and above 185Â°F (85Â°C) within a few minutes. So in the time it takes for the water to reach the boiling point (212Â°F or 100Â°C) from 160Â°F (70Â°C) all pathogens will be killed, even at high altitude. To be extra safe, let the water boil rapidly for one minute, especially at higher altitudes since water boils at a lower temperature.
Chlorine Bleach To Purify Water
Chlorine bleach is used as a way to purify water. Always choose a liquid chlorine bleach that has no colors or perfumes for water treatment. It removes 99% of the bacteria from water. Sterilize your water containers to prevent contamination of the new clean water.
Store sanitized water in containers that have been sterilized by bleaching or submerging in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Sterilize them the same way you would a baby bottle. Let air dry.
Mix 2 to 3 drops bleach per quart of water to sanitize tap water or H2O from a questionable source. When you have water ready you must store it in a clean container!
Be very careful when measuring bleach. Use a trusted eye dropper to determine the exact amount. Bleach can burn your skin and be poisonous. Too much bleach in the water can be toxic. Water that is purified by bleach should be allowed to sit overnight to allow sediment and particles to drop to the bottom.
X-ray of Test Tubes (eyedropper) ~ Allposters
Drink Safe Water
Tablets for purifying water are perfect for emergency kits because they don't take up much valuable space. They are simply dropped in the water. The water is ready to use in just a few minutes in most cases. Iodine tablets and Iodine crystals are another method of improving water quality.
Storing Water For Emergency
How Much Water?
Keeping water on hand is not only great for your health but storing water is a must do for emergency planning. You never know when you are going to need it.
My apartment complex is always getting work done on the pipes and water system. Having water for little emergencies like this means I can keep going through my daily routine without the disrupted water service issue disturbing my routines or peace of mind. Make sure to have plenty of water on hand for what if's!
How much water should you keep on hand? Store at least 1 gallon for washing and at least 1/2 gallon per person for drinking water. Add another 1/2 gallon of water for cooking per person per day. Set aside a minimum of 3 days water rations for emergency situations.
Use individual water bottles for drinking water and portion control. Use gallon size bottled water for cooking and for hot water to bathe in, wash with, or for general cleaning. If there is room for the larger 5 gallon bottles they are a great way to store water for emergencies!
Water Storage Containers - For Drinking And Potable Water
Water storage containers should be easy to lift and use. Healthier materials in the packaging are important. BPA free bottles are best for our drinking water storage because they won't leach harmful chemicals into the water we have stored for emergency use. For maximum coverage in water storage get at least one 5 gallon container for each member of your family. An individual reusable bottle would be an ideal addition to emergency kits or for daily use.
A great way to have water storage for related emergencies is a large barrel or smaller manageable containers. Stock H2O away for washing or drinking. Containers for water storage should be solid, quality materials that keep your water in good condition. Events do come along where we might have a temporary loss of water supply in the home. The large barrel should be placed on your property outside where the sun does not directly contact it or in a shed or garage area. If you have the space indoors on a tiled floor, that would be even better.
Odd Water Storage
Weather and H2O Storage
As crazy as it sounds your hot water heater and the main toilet tank are already storing water for you! Depending on the size of your hot water heater you may already have on hand at least 40 gallons of H2O in storage for bathing and washing. These odd places can be tapped for safe water but if you want to drink it you will have to process it to purify it.
It is recommended for people in hurricane areas to fill the tub with water before the storm sends a surge up the canal systems and creates a toxic city water supply.
Gray Tiger on the Toilet ~ Allposters
H2O Is comforting!
Relax with water
One of the best ways to relax and meditate is with ocean, waterfall sounds, or a soothing fountain. The sound of water can smooth over ravaged nerves and tuck you into a more agreeable mood if you have had a rough or very busy day. Waterfalls are a great way to ponder through healthy thoughts, clear your mind, and just let yourself go.
Image: Tropical Beach ~ Allposters
H2O is Fun!
We love playing in and around water!
One of the first things we think of with water fun is going to the beach or a pool. Swimming is great excersize and a dose of vitamin D through sunshine (moderately! don't forget the sunscreen!) is a great lift and time out in a hectic world!
H2O is great fun for surfing, fishing, floating around in, or just walking or playing on a beach.
I love sitting on a beach and watching the waves and their patterns. It lulls me into a state of serenity and a calm feeling. It is a very healthy way to recharge the mind with good energy!
Kids Playing on the beach ~ Allposters
Fabulous Water links - More H2O Links
Here are some really neat links that are about water or H2O. Enjoy!
- How to Relieve Stress - A Musical Bath Meditation
Why lose time sick in bed, due to high stress, when you could use the same time to treat yourself nicely? Instead, give yourself a special treatment: Music, candles, a hot bath, meditation.
- Best Quotes about Water - Water is the Hub of Life o...
Water, the Hub of Life. Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium. Water is the most extraordinary substance! Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it. Learn more here.
- Ancient Ocean Water Meditation and Prayer
Inspirational meditation in Poetry. A praise to the One God. We can do better to heal ourselves and our earth that was given as a gift to humanity. Grandmother White Eagle together with Rabbi Lazer Brody present a Tai-Chi meditation by the sea.
- Water Reflection Animated GIFs
This lens shows a technique you can use to make water reflections in images for posting on your blog or site.
- Using Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) to purify water | Survival Recovery
Using Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) to purify water Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) may be used in water treatment process for creating purified water in emergency disaster situations. How to get clean water is a high priority in preparing for any emergency. The
- H2O – Homemade Water Filters – BSF | Survival Recovery
Easy, Preparedness Project: H2O BSF Homemade BioSand Water Filter A homemade water filter, like a BioSand filter (or BFS for short) can be made with inexpensive materials and put to work in about an hour or so. Although it works slowly, filtering dir
In your swim through this article on H2O I hope to have you thinking about ways to add more water to your life by drinking more of it and creating your own emergency plan for storing it at home.
The question is: Are you going to drink and store more water?
Guestbook Comments - And Review
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on November 24, 2015:
The poster was from All Posters, but I am unable to locate it again.
Susan Grimes on September 22, 2015:
Can I buy one of the posters you have featured? The round one with all the animals!
Marcel White on October 29, 2013:
Now, I only use filtered water for drinking, cooking, coffee, tea, ice, etc.
But, many years ago, I used to buy bottled water (5 lt containers) for all that. By weight, 80% of my groceries used to be water. Once I was emptying my car after another visit to the supermarket and I saw a homeless passing by with a similar water container he had filled at a public fountain. He looked at me and perhaps he thought I was a kind of homeless without water at home. I considered âwhy am I doing this?â and decided to change to filtered water. It was good to the environment, to my back and to my wallet. Quality is the same.
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on October 24, 2013:
@kepezzo: Water is the most important element in our lives, for sure! =)
kepezzo on October 24, 2013:
So simple molecule, and so important...great lense..taken really time to read through.
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on February 27, 2013:
@Fcuk Hub: Yes, water is extremely important. Appreciate your comment!
Fcuk Hub on February 18, 2013:
This lens should read very important business people :)
TapIn2U on February 08, 2013:
Water is life! Sundae ;-)
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on January 30, 2013:
@violettadarl: That's a good routine! Thanks for commenting!
violettadarl on January 30, 2013:
hmm water ... can't live without it, 2 glasses of water after waking up then coffee :)
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on January 26, 2013:
@WriterJanis2: I like my bottled water room temp, but occasionally ice water is great. I drink it too fast and get brain freeze. =/ Thanks for visiting Janis! =)
WriterJanis2 on January 25, 2013:
I love water, especially ice water.
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on January 17, 2013:
@Angel_Lou: You are a very lucky man to have clean, pure water at your beck and call! It must be nice not to turn on a faucet and smell chlorine or other odors. Thanks for the visit and the *SQuid-Like*, my friend! Have a wonderful day!
Angel_Lou on January 17, 2013:
I live in a country so small probably even pollution is having trouble to find :)
Luckily I can drink water out of pipes and I can tell - that's the best feeling in the world - clear mountain water makes my day. Every day.
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on January 09, 2013:
@anonymous: Water is the elixer that keeps us young. Too bad so many people spend so much money on snake oils to do the same thing! I appreciate you taking time out to visit and comment! Have a great day!
anonymous on January 09, 2013:
I drink a lot of water and I love it, great job!
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on September 12, 2012:
@poldepc lm: And thank you kindly for the visit! =)
poldepc lm on September 03, 2012:
great lens, I enjoyed reading it; thanks for sharing
GeekGirl1 on June 16, 2012:
Great lens. A great reminder for everyone to drink enough water everyday.
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on June 13, 2012:
@pawpaw911: That picture above is about 3 years ago. The ones on my lenses were taken just 6 months ago. What a difference water has made in my life!!!
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on June 13, 2012:
@anonymous: Thanks for visiting! =)
anonymous on June 13, 2012:
Cheers! Wonderful information you provide here... :)
anonymous on June 05, 2012:
What an amazing and insightful lens! I appreciate your slant on storing water as well ... great advice for those who need water immediately when bad weather strikes. Thanks also for stopping by my allposters site. I think it will definitely be able to help you stylize your allposter images better. Take care!
pawpaw911 on April 20, 2012:
Water is all I drink. I finally figured out that all the other things I drank weren't good for me.
dahlia369 on March 20, 2012:
Lots of good info on this most important liquid on earth! :)
EvergreenSpaces on March 14, 2012:
Yes, water is an amazing thing in so many ways. It is great that you are using it as the focus here. Living in the desert we are much more aware of how important it is.
anonymous on March 10, 2012:
It's easier to drink water if you add a slice of lemon or a small amount of juice or even a teabag!
buttonhead lm on March 09, 2012:
This is a really great article! Thank you. One question I've been wondering lately: Is there such a thing as drinking TOO much water?
anonymous on March 08, 2012:
Very informative and interesting. Love the pictures too!
SPhilbrick on March 08, 2012:
Thank you for reading my distilled water article. You may certainly link to it if you'd like. :-) Water storage and filtration is so important. Where I am, we have ample fresh water but this isn't the case in many areas of the country and world. The more we know about our water supply, the better we can preserve, and make it safe for consumption.
Maria Burgess (author) from Las Vegas, Nevada on March 05, 2012:
@SusanDeppner: Thank you for taking time to comment! =) Appreciate it Susan!!! =)
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on March 04, 2012:
We need to do much more than we've been doing. Thanks for the reminder and the H20 advice!