A Clarification of My Position on Bottled Water

One of my core recommendations for being prepared for a water emergency is to have an adequate supply of bottled water on hand. Bottled water is very important, for reasons I will share. But every time I recommend bottled water I inevitably get some people who respond and proclaim that bottled water is the devil and I must be getting money from the bottled water industry for promoting them. I also hear from people who don’t like their water coming in contact with plastic, and there are other people who complain about the brands that I recommend. I want to set the record straight and cut through any issues you may have with bottled water. And also, before we go any further I want to say that no, I don’t receive any money from the bottled water industry. So with that out of the way, here’s what you need to know. WHAT DO I RECOMMEND? In brief, I recommend that you store one gallon per day per person for at least fifteen days. I recommend the small, half-liter plastic bottles and my preference is AquaFina brand. To see my specific recommendations, go here. WHY DO I RECOMMEND BOTTLED WATER? Bottled
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Ask Glenn Meder: Being Prepared with Bottled Water

This is an article series in which we answer your questions about being prepared for an emergency. Got a question? Post a question in the comments of this article or email Glenn at glenn@survivalstill.com. To download a print-formatted PDF of this article, click here. Question: How much bottled water should I have stored away in case of an emergency? What type should I buy? Answer: Bottled water should be a key component of your emergency preparedness plan. Today I will talk about commercially produced bottled water as opposed to storing your own water, which I will cover in a later article. Many organizations recommend having at least three day worth of bottled water, but three days should be a very minimum. I recommend having at least two weeks worth of bottled water. This means one gallon per person per day, of which ½ gallon would be used for drinking and ½ gallon for hygiene, cooking, etc. I recommend that you purchase cases of ½ liter (16.9 ounce) bottles. I like the small bottles instead of the larger 3 or 5 gallon bottles for emergency preparedness for a few reasons. First of all, the smaller bottles last longer, the seal is
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