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55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety
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- Water Preserver Conentrate added to fresh drinking water will allow it to be safety stored for an emergency up to 5 years!
- Safely treat and store water for 5 years without rotation.
- The first and only product accepted and proven safe for 5-year water storage Proven effective in over 12 years of testing and use Recognized and licensed by U.S. and state EPA's Proprietary formula and strict laboratory analysis insure potency
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Water Preserver Concentrate added to fresh drinking water will allow it to be safety stored for an emergency up to 5 years!Drinking water is the key element in disaster preparedness and survival. A person can survive for several days without food, but only for a short time without water. Water Preserver Concentrate Use with tap water to store emergency drinking water for 5 years. Water Preserver is the first and only product recognized and proven effective for 5-year water storage, registered and licensed by federal and state EPA. Water Preserver was scientifically tested for 10 years to ensure its potency for 5 year storage. Guaranteed 100% effective. Water Preserver is a proprietary formula of stabilized, ph-balanced sodium hypochlorite with highly effective residual action that kills bacteria., viruses, mole, and fungus. Accept no substitutes Water Preserver™ Concentrate is a liquid additive that disinfects, preserves and extends the safe storage life of emergency drinking water. Water Preserver™ provides guaranteed 5-year storage* for regular tap water or commercial bottled water.Water Preserver™ Concentrate is a liquid additive that disinfects, preserves and extends the safe storage life of emergency drinking water. Water Preserver™ provides guaranteed 5-year storage* for regular tap water or commercial bottled water. The first and only product accepted and proven safe for 5-year water storage Proven effective in over 12 years of testing and use Recognized and licensed by U.S. and state EPA's Proprietary formula and strict laboratory analysis insure potency Water Preserver™ kills, and prevents the re-growth of Coliform bacteria and other disease-causing microorganisms for 5 years, when used as directed. Water Preserver™ kills the pathogenic organisms responsible for typhoid, dysentery and other serious diseases, and also kills and prevents growth of yeast, mold, fungi and algae which also make water undrinkable.
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The trick to what they are talking about is to kill off the pathogens, and then store the water in such a way that it is not possible to introduce new pathogens. Keep water in an airtight container and out of the sun, and you've prevented it from being recontaminated. It is your water storage method that does this, not this or any other product. Any product that would itself keep your water pathogen-free for 5 years without these storage procedures would be so toxic that you couldn't drink it.
That said, sodium hypocholorite works. It also actually is household bleach (go look at your Clorox bottle), and it really doesn't matter if they put a stabilizer in it or not. Sodium hypo is most stable at 5.25% (household bleach strength). It will be at strength for a year or more if left cool and in the dark and it will be close to that strength for several more years. A half cup of bleach in 55 gals of clean and clear water will do the job. Seal the water and store it. Done! Doing it this way will also keep your water drinkable for 5-10 years.
If this product needs stabilizers in it, it's because their bleach has a shorter shelf life or because they are using it as a marketing gimmick. My concern however, is that stabilizers also add another chemical to what you are drinking. Using cyanurates (for example) works to stabilize a 7-8% bleach, but it has also been identified as a carcinogen in high quantities. Keeping water safely doesn't require stabilizers. It just requires sanitizing it once and storing it properly... something you have to do with or without this product. The only reason to have stabilizers is if the product itself is unstable. If that's the case, that would concern me because products that break down often form other really nasty contaminants and are largely unpredictable if they are ingested.
Normal bleach is not that unstable that stabilizers are necessary. Unfortunately, this manufacturer doesn't tell us what stabilizers are in it, why they have to be in it, or what the health risks are. Essentially, they are telling us, 'Here's some stuff to drink, we are not offering you any analysis of our claims or ingredient list, but drink it anyway.' I am not suggesting that it is unhealthy, but there is nothing here but your own inference that it is safe.
Do yourself a favor and keep a couple gallons of bleach around the house, and if you are concerned about something more, go invest in a quart of 40% pool algaecide. Choose the one with the ingredient n-alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. It sounds nasty but you deal with it every day in very low doses in commercial kitchens, bathrooms, locker rooms, and pools. A .06% is health department certified to kill off all pathogens, which means that a quart of 40% will create 650 quarts of disinfectant, and you can use 1 qt of that to treat 55 gallons of water. That is far more than you will ever use for water consumption, so keep the rest around to spray down surfaces and kill bacteria, molds, and mildew. It's used a lot in gymnasiums on hard surfaces to wipe out athlete's foot fungus and other sources of infection and smell. As for the smell, it leaves kind of an almond scent behind.
Such products as the ones I'm talking about have also undergone extensive testing before being deployed and authorized for use in pool water that can be drunk and around food products. The description of this product bears no such claim.
This edit is added because there are apparently some readers who think this is some sort of a water taste review. It is not. This IS NOT about taste. Other than potentially being indicative or a confirmation of what's in the water, taste is irrelevant in survival situations. Forget about the taste. But if that is still all you can think of, then add some sugar and be happy.
This review is about the claims made by the product, how irrelevant they are to real world situations, and that there are chemicals left behind to be consumed by you and your family when you drink this water. Focus on the fact that you don't know what these chemicals do to your body when they are ingested, and the fact that they are not necessary to keep water healthy.
I also wanted to point out the potential dangers of the some water barrels. It is important that you find product that complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation 21CFR 177.1520 (1) 3.1 and 3.2 for storage of potable water, and has not been used for other purposes before you bought it. Plastics come in varying qualities and for different purposes, and some leech process chemicals or components. If it has been used for any other purpose, it could have absorbed some of that and not be able to be adequately cleaned out. Again, for you people who think this is about taste, it is not. Use what you will and then let the rest of us know when your kidneys are shutting down.
Even if your water storage is brand new, they can release gases for awhile. Maybe they are okay, maybe not. Maybe they give you the runs or just make you feel like you ate a wad of plastic wrap. Only experience will tell you if you made a mistake, and then it's probably too late. My recommendation is that you do a complete drain and refill at the 6, 12, and 24 month mark at a minimum, and then every 24 months after that. Be sure to rebleach water going back in and store them properly. Yes, it's a lot of work, but that doesn't make it any less advisable or beneficial.
1) Start with a new/unused plastic drum (BPA free) intended for water storage- most will be blue in color, but do not use a clear drum.
2) Sanitize it (it may be new, but you don't know how clean) by mixing any household bleach (like Clorox) in 5 gallons of water (1 tablespoon to 5 gallons) to be used as the sanitizer/cleanser. Mix it around and dump it into your 55 gallon drum (or 30 gallon), then put the caps securely back on the drum & slosh it around good for several minutes (all over- top to bottom). Then take the caps back off & dump that water out (not on plants or around kids- it's not deadly, but harmful). After dumping the cleansing solution out in a safe area, keep the drum on it's side & use a spray nozzle to let clean water wash down the interior of the drum- do this thoroughly for about 30 seconds- 1 minute. Dump out any of that tap water & try to get as much out as possible. If you're really detail oriented, put a clean rag around the openings with a rubber band around them to keep in place while the inside dries completely- this will act as a filter to keep insects or larger airborn particles out, and once it's completely dry inside, it'll leave less of a tap water taste in your storage water- now it'll just taste like clean plastic :-).
3) Tap water will work, but If you have filtered water available, use it to fill the barrel every day (as often as possible) until the barrel is completely full- the less space for air inside, the better. At this point, one threaded cap should already be tight & the other will be used as the fill hole. That fill hole should be kept snug in between fillings. If you get this done in less than 2 weeks, you can add your liquid concentrate preservative, put the fill cap back on tightly & then store it in the coolest place with the least amount of direct sunlight. Remember that direct sunlight can raise temps even in cooler spots, so sunlight should be avoided at all costs! One of the reasons for a non see-through barrel is that direct sunlight breaks down ANY form of chlorine much faster.
If you're using this product, then the method described above could get you to 5 years of storage. But keep in mind that it is also really a good idea to have a dedicated emergency water filter that will at least filter out chlorine- that way, you could always re-sanitize your stored water in an emergency (which is a good idea) with fresh chlorine bleach & filter it back out before drinking. That insurance policy can save a lot of problems.
Now for the chlorine myths running around:
Stabilizers in chlorine products almost always refer to a sunblock type of chemical like cyanuric acid. In a pool, products like Dichlor and Trichlor have CYA in them to act as a sunblock for the chlorine so the sun doesn't suck all of the chlorine out of the pool so quickly in summer months, and while I'm not saying that this water preserver product has CYA in it, the second ingredient after sodium hypo is doing something, so you should be aware of that. I'm not saying it is necessarily harmful, but it's not identified & how else can claims beyond 5 years be achieved?
If you're a studied do-it-yourselfer, I'd suggest looking in to calcium hypochlorite granules to keep around in a very small quantity. They don't go bad near as quickly as sodium hypo (which could matter if you set up a disaster storage stash, but neglect to change out the products every few years), and a little goes a long way. But do a thorough job of studying before going this route, because it's more potent, so the ratios need to be respected.
Guidelines when you need to re-sanitize stored/household water with Sodium Hypochlorite (household bleach):
1) Clear water is a sign of pure water. Always drain long-standing pipes for 30 seconds to one minute before drinking! (Cheap remote motels?)
2) 1 Gallon water is disinfected by 8-16 drops of regular household bleach (visually about 1/4 of a teaspoon) - double that for cloudy water. Shake and let stand 30 minutes. One teaspoon will disinfect 5 gallons. Immediately after treating, water must initially have a slight smell of chlorine. If it does not - repeat the process.
3) Household bleach is relatively harmless. The smell or �waft� of chlorine is not bad: it indicates that water is treated and germ free. Once treated and disinfected, the chlorine smell will go away in a few days.
4) Regularly used water from large tanks may be treated once or twice a month with 1 Oz. bleach per 200 gallons or 5 Oz. bleach per 1000 gallons.
5) Long-standing water in tanks will be disinfected w/ 1 pint household bleach per 1000 gallons. (2500 gal tanks are fine with 3 pints.)
6) Bleach effectively kills bacteria and viruses, stops smells and then breaks down. It's effective germ killing alkaline property is completely neutralized very quickly. It does not stay chemically active in tanks for more than a few days. Most germs require sunlight to grow. Store water in the dark.
7) If water is relatively clear: but has a noticeable smell of chlorine: it is drinkable, disinfected, and harmless. Humans need 2 quarts per day.
It was easy to use since I used the full bottle in each container. Other than that I would think I should wait
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