Water Challenge: One Gallon of Water for One Day

June 28, 2011 | 9 comment(s)

Similar to other emergency drills such as earthquake, fire, and tornado, this drill is intended to familiarize your family with a difficult situation. They may also become more confident and prepared to deal with other challenges that could arise. Use wisdom and caution when trying out this challenge. Keep members of your family well hydrated and it will be a good experience for everyone.
The Challenge

Consider living at least 24 hours with only one gallon of stored water per family member per day. For example: a family of four would need to live off of 4 gallons of water for a 24 hour period.

You may be thinking this will be easy. Anyone can go without cooking or extensive cleaning for 24 hours. You can expect that your children will have no problem drinking less than a gallon of water per day. However, consider average water usage in non-emergency situations.

When you begin to consider sanitation, cooking, and washing clothes you'll notice that one gallon of water is an absolute minimum.
After completing this challenge you may want to take some time to evaluate what occurred and re-evaluate your family's preparedness plans. Were the proper tools available to cope with limited water use? Would one gallon of water per person per day be sufficient for your family? Most recommendations are for 2-5 gallons of water per person per day in an emergency. Spend some time discussing the results with your family and adjust your plans accordingly.
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  • Anonymous  |  June 28, 2011

    Thank you for this reminder of how much of this precious resource we use and the challenge of one gallon of water for one day !!! I really do think I'd better work on this !

  • amanda  |  June 28, 2011

    That really is a challenge, and a great reminder to think carefully about this part of emergency planning and storage. Thanks for the info.

  • Mrzitro  |  June 29, 2011

    Great reminder. Give us some more challenges. "The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle".

  • Michelle  |  June 29, 2011

    We actually got to experience this recently on a camping trip. I would highly encourage people to look into adding no rinse camp shampoo (or the no rinse shampoo caps they use in hospitals for patients restricted to bed rest), moist towelettes or baby wipes and hand sanitizer to their emergency kits. They go a long way to helping you cope without your normal shower routine.<br /><br />Thanks for all the challenge suggestions to help keep us on our toes with our emergency preparations. :)

  • gourmetgrandma  |  June 30, 2011

    our water company turns off the water on a regular basis. There is always a broken pipe or a pipe that needs to be flushed out. I keep 12 gallon jugs of water at all times. It doesn&#39;t take long to go thru them, especially as often as I wash my hands. Friends & family think I am a bit off my rocker because I store water & stock pile food, but they have all come to me for both more than once.<br />I love the dehydrated foods from Emergency Essentials & the dehydrated milk. They make life a little easier knowing I can still prepare food & drinks in a pinch.

  • chazzers1705  |  June 30, 2011

    Thanks For reminding us that water needs to be conserved. I never thought about how much is wasted waiting for the hot water or when watering at the wrong time of day. Tank you.

  • ladyp  |  July 1, 2011

    in the winter of 2006 we actually learned about water misery, lack of:( as we were snowed in for over 3 weeks and we ran out of water in our cistern that gave water for everything<br />that meant we went without water<br />i melted snow to wash dishes and boiled it to put through our water filter to drink; we learned a lot that winter and that is water is highly under-rated and people are not thankful enough for it

  • Nikki  |  July 6, 2011

    Very good idea an thanks for the tips from other commenters

  • PreppingToSurvive  |  July 7, 2011

    Nice post and good idea. Water is for most people a commodity these days. We can have a much as we want for a very reasonable price. <br /><br />But that may not always be the case. As with other things, practicing ahead of time helps you to prepare for when you really need the skills/knowledge. <br /><br />The average person needs to consume about 2 liters of water per day to survive. This of course varies depending on environment, exertion, etc. <br /><br />Joe

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